Windows Camera app gains support for panorama shots

Windows Camera app gains support for panorama shots
The cameras on our smartphones have grown to be quite powerful tools. While we once just used these lenses to capture quick shots and share them with friends via MMS, smartphone cameras are now quickly blurring the line between them and full-fledged DSLRs. Whether you just like taking really good pictures, or you're trying your hand out at some semi-professional stills and videos, our smartphone cameras are now capable of doing more things than they ever have been before.

One of the most enjoyable things to do with these cameras is to take panorama shots of our surroundings. These panoramic images allow us to capture a tremendously wide field of view, and are just plain fun to capture when you're out and about on a beautiful day. Unfortunately if you're using a phone powered by Windows 10 Mobile, you've been left out of this fun for quite some time. Microsoft's camera app is fairly well-featured, but the lack of support for panorama pictures has been a real sore spot for a lot of users.

Thankfully, it looks like it won't be too much longer before all Windows 10 Mobile handsets get support for this long-awaited feature. Today, Microsoft has officially released panorama support for their Windows Camera app. The new Panorama Mode is currently only available to those who are signed up as Windows Insiders, but with Microsoft already making this push, it shouldn't be too much longer before it's available to the public.

If you are a Windows Insider, you should be able to download a new update for the Windows Camera app. The new update version is officially 2016.816.21.0, and once it's downloaded and installed on your device, you'll see a new icon that will allow you to start taking panorama pictures!



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Once you have a 360 camera. Then nothing beats that for a panoramic view. The problem with using you phone is you have to keep moving your phone around in order to fill up the panoramic view. With a 360 camera, then it's one shot.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Was wondering if there any app that uses both the front and rear camera for 360 shot?

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The front camera is far worse than the rear camera Would be better off taking the whole pano with the rear camera

4. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Thats not exactly 360, more 250...

5. Charlie2k

Posts: 151; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

There have been panoramic apps in the Store since forever. So no, Windows 10 Mobile users have never been left out of the fun. But I guess apps only matter when it's Apple that has them. iPhonearena :)

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