Nokia has launched a beta trial for the new Nokia Camera app which is now available for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The difference between this new app and the default camera app is that the beta allegedly “brings together easy automatic settings, the sophisticated power of the Pro Camera app, and the versatility of the Smart Camera app”. It’s designed to work on all Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones, regardless of whether they are outfitted with a PureView camera or not.
If you want to try the beta on your Lumia 520, 521, 620, 625, 720, 810, 820, 822 or PureView phone, sign in with your Nokia account and download it from the Nokia Beta Labs website. The app requires you to have either the Lumia Amber or Lumia Black update and also you can install and use it in parallel with the default Nokia Camera app, and set it as your go-to camera when your press the shutter button.
Initially, the new Camera app will hardly be distinguishable from the existing Nokia Camera app, but this is a beta nonetheless. The first phase of the beta trial is intended to ensure the app works smoothly on Windows Phone 8 devices. Feedback is also requested for users that want to try the app, therefore if you are planning to use it, don’t forget to contribute to its reliability and submit any issues you encounter.
Nokia promised experimental features will be added to the beta over time. The plan is once a new piece of functionality is finished, it gets ported over to the stable version of the Camera app. You will simply have to update it through the usual Windows Store update process.