Microsoft releases more details on the photo improvements in Windows Phone 8

Microsoft released a new update on the official Windows Phone Blog that talks a lot about the various improvements to the Photo Hub and camera that are featured in Windows 8. Perhaps the biggest feature is lenses, which allow apps to hook into the camera and actually utilize it for various aspects. This makes apps like Instagram possible, where as before the limitations of Windows Phone 7 made it almost impossible unless post processing occurred.

The blog also details several of the new editing improvements that you’ll see in Windows Phone 8, including new crop features and smarter auto fix for your pictures so you get the best light no matter what. These features include:

  • Crop. Drag the handles to adjust the crop area. If you want a predefined aspect ratio, just tap the Aspect Ratio button to see common options.
  • Rotate. Each tap of the Rotate button turns your photo 90 degrees clockwise.
  • Smarter Autofix. Tapping this option automatically adjusts exposure levels, color balance, and sharpness to make your photos look their best. Tap again to undo these changes. Autofix is even better at one-touch cleanup with the improvements we made to it in Windows Phone 8.
  • New app integration. If the built-in editing options aren’t enough, you can now launch your favorite photo-editing app while you’re looking at a photo, without navigating to the App list first.

This is a long list of improvements that are available in Windows Phone 8. If you’re interested in checking out more, you can read the rest of the blog post here.


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