Microsoft fixes photos on Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones with new firmware

An update to Microsoft's flagship Windows 10 handsets corrects noisy images and 4K video playback.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL.

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Microsoft is rolling out its first firmware update for its Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones, delivering improvements to the camera, display and video.

A Microsoft support engineer flagged the firmware updates on Microsoft's forums on Tuesday, detailing fixes for key components of Microsoft's high-end, Windows 10 Lumia handsets.

The 20-megapixel camera is a standout feature of both devices, but according to Microsoft, there was an issue causing "noisy images in low-light conditions for some users". That's been fixed by the firmware update, labelled 01078.00027.15506.020xx, which also brings general stability and performance improvements.

It also resolves a problem with 4K video that was causing stripes to show during playback. Additionally, the update improves the automatic display brightness settings and SD memory card support.

"The update should be already available for many of the users and rollouts will continue gradually. Availability of the update may depend on your network service provider," Microsoft notes.

Users in Europe have reported receiving the firmware update already, but Windows Central, which first reported the firmware update's availability, says that US devices don't appear to have received the update yet.

There's no change on the operating system front however, with the OS remaining at version 10.0.10586.29, which so far is exclusive to the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL and was released earlier this month.

Microsoft last week confirmed Windows 10 Mobile won't be ready for Windows 8.1 devices until early 2016. However, the company is yet to clarify which existing Windows Phone handsets will get Windows 10 Mobile.

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