GLOBAL – Over the months following the release of the Nokia N8, we’ve continued to listen and monitor discussions and requests relating to the imaging capability of the N8. Given the continued high level of interest in this area and requests for information, I thought I would take a little time out to explain what we’ve changed, improved and added. It’s turned out to be quite a lengthy list.
First, here’s the requests we heard the most from Nokia N8 owners:
- Ability to record video at closer distances
- Smoother video of moving subjects or when panning
- Faster access to scene modes, especially close-up mode
- Exposure control in video
- Viewfinder grid not effected by scene modes, camera exit/reopening
- Smoother zoom
- Settings accessed through one control point
- Red-eye reduction performance improvements
We’ve been able to respond to all of these with two new updates.
Let’s go through what we’ve done, first with the Symbian Anna update.
There are a number of UI improvements, some are very subtle but all of them combine to make life just a little bit easier and faster.
Settings are now accessed from the main toolbar, so you have a single access point for features and settings. Those settings used less frequently are grouped under the settings button in the toolbar. This is so we could maintain a single collection of features/settings used on a shot-by-shot or series-of-shots basis, without having to scroll between windows or pages of settings, trying to find the one you’re looking for, as some applications do. While I know this looks more or less the same as earlier Symbian releases, it does provide the benefit of making everything equally accessible. This isn’t perfect, but it’s better. We’re actively engaged in developing an entirely new interaction model for future products, so please add your comments and suggestions below. We may still be able to incorporate some of them.
Scene modes are now faster to set requiring two fewer clicks to change.
If you select an option from the tool bar once you’ve selected the desired parameter e.g. cloudy white balance, rather than having to back-step through to return to the viewfinder, simply press the shutter release and it will confirm the setting and return you directly to the viewfinder. If, however, you want to change further options in the tool pane, select OK to return to the toolbar…..
Fore more information about improvements and changes, Nokia N8 camera updated features Announcement