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Nokia Smart Cam on the Nokia Lumia 925 is the cure for photobombs, here's a demo

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Nokia Smart Cam on the Nokia Lumia 925 is the cure for photobombs, here's a demo
Having a good camera on your smartphone doesn't guarantee that you'll be capturing a masterpiece every single time. Sometimes the software controlling that camera is just as important, and all major smartphone manufacturers are well aware of that. This explains why all kinds of fancy camera features and effects are loaded onto the best handsets, allowing their owners to take pretty pictures in all kinds of circumstances. 

The Nokia Lumia 925 is no exception. The smartphone comes out of the box with the Nokia Smart Cam app, which includes a set of tools that may really come in handy in a number of cases. At the same time, the software is pretty straightforward to use so even novice users can take advantage of it.

Nokia Smart Cam works by taking a series of images – ten of them over a period of about 3 seconds or so. These are then presented to the user so that he or she can pick the best photo among the bunch – the one where nobody has blinked and everyone is smiling. But if that's not enough, the software has another trick up its sleeve.

Using Nokia's Smart Cam, you can actually replace the faces of the people within the frame. And it works really well: faces are detected automatically by the app and alternatives are cropped out of the other shots that the app has taken. All you have to do is to tap on the photo you need to replace and pick the best among the ones available.

Replacing a person's face on a photo using Nokia Smart Cam
Replacing a person's face on a photo using Nokia Smart Cam
Replacing a person's face on a photo using Nokia Smart Cam
Replacing a person's face on a photo using Nokia Smart Cam

Replacing a person's face on a photo using Nokia Smart Cam


In instances when someone accidentally walks into the photo and spoils the shot, Smart Cam can be used to delete the intruder. Moving objects are detected by the software and erased as if by magic. No more photobombs! Again, the app does the trick by stitching together areas of several different frames.

Removing a moving object from a photo using Nokia Smart Cam
Removing a moving object from a photo using Nokia Smart Cam
Removing a moving object from a photo using Nokia Smart Cam
Removing a moving object from a photo using Nokia Smart Cam

Removing a moving object from a photo using Nokia Smart Cam


The action shot feature has to be our favorite. It is used to visualize the progress of a moving object frame by frame, just like in the sample image you see here. And it is really simple to make as Nokia's Smart Cam does the stitching for you, so all that's left to do is to pick which frames you want in the image. 

Composing action shots using Nokia Smart Cam
Composing action shots using Nokia Smart Cam
Composing action shots using Nokia Smart Cam
Composing action shots using Nokia Smart Cam

Composing action shots using Nokia Smart Cam


And that's what Smart Cam can do to make your photos look more impressive. Currently, the app is available only on the Nokia Lumia 925, but other Lumias are bound to get access to it as well once they are reached by the Lumia Amber software update. Nokia Smart Cam is available as a free download from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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posted on 20 Jun 2013, 09:58

1. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Ooh.. no need to bother with the right shooting mode / effect when you have the post processing power of Nokia's Smart Camera.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 10:01 2

2. juandante (Posts: 301; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Yes but WP.. Why ? I will use SmartCam for pictures but when I want to listen to radio, read news, play games I must have an Android device in my pocket too ? :(

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 10:20 3

3. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Radio is coming soon to all WP8 devices supporting the hardware. The problem is not the apps (though it is, compared to other OSes), but with underlying basic features. Some of features, or lack there of, makes you wonder which fool at MS designed it.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 10:50

4. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


is that your office PA? looks fun working there!

who is:

-guy in blue/red?
-guy in white shirt?
-guy in white shirt with glasses?

I have only seen John V. amongst all of PA's writers.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 11:38

5. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Thats nokia does, improving.

And no, no SGS4 nor iP5 will have this app

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 11:55

6. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


am pretty sure the gs4 does this with eraser mode and am pretty sure the htc one does it too.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 12:16

7. rav405 (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


SGS4 and HTC one have this features but they were 1st seen on nokia lumia in the form of lenses......

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 04:51

8. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Nokia doesn't disappoint when it comes to completing WP

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