I am excited to see what what Nokia reveals with the EOS next week and like what I see in the Smart Camera app on the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 925. However, after diving into my HTC One camera software I see I can do almost the same thing, and even a bit more, with my HTC One than can be done with these new Lumias and advanced camera applications.
The Nokia Lumia 925, and upcoming Amber update for other Lumias, includes a new camera utility called Smart Camera. The Lumia EOS may have an even better utility called Nokia Pro Cam, but we won't know for sure until 11 July.
The Smart Camera app is available in the Windows Phone Store, but requires a Lumia with the Amber update. As you can see in the Store, there are options to perform the following:
Advanced smartphones, such as the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10/Q10, and Sony Xperia Z line have utilities that can perform many of these same functions. Unfortunately, the Apple iPhone takes great photos, but doesn't have this kind of functionality to perform these types of advanced editing functions. You can edit photos after they have been captured, but some of these advanced effects require burst mode or short video capture of images to obtain the desired effect.
Since I have the HTC One as my primary smartphone, I spent some time with it on the 4th to see how it compares to the latest Nokia Lumia Smart Camera application and have screenshots and details in this gallery showing my results.
I found the HTC One can perform four of the five effects with the included HTC software. I couldn't find any ability to get the same Motion Focus effect on the HTC One. There are some 3rd party apps in the Google Play Store that look to provide this capability, but I have to spend more time testing them out. Here is how the HTC One handles the five functions seen in Nokia Smart Camera:
As you can see in my gallery, the HTC One also has several additional editing tools not seen in Smart Camera on the Lumia. I covered these utilities in my image editing software post and they include skin smoothing, lighting adjustments, face contour changes, eye enhancer, red eye removal, eye brightener, and anti-shine (great for my receding hairline). Nokia also has apps like Creative Studio that offers more advanced editing functions.
The HTC One with Sense 5 also includes the ability to capture 3-second Zoes and make fantastic Highlight Videos. I used the Zoe functionality to capture fireworks and the still images taken from the Zoe looked great. One is included in this gallery for your review.
I did not cover video effects or capabilities in this post, but that is one area that is seriously lacking in Windows Phone. You can capture great video, but there are no editing tools onboard. With my HTC One, I can choose clips of videos to share with folks rather than having to share a full captured video session and I want some video editing capability in Windows Phone soon.
After taking a series of images captured in Burst Mode you can then have the HTC software figure out which is the best and remove all the remaining pictures.
You can select up to five images from a captured Zoe to put together into one Sequence Shot.
This Sequence Shot shows the full five images you can capture in one picture.
You can remove objects from your image that the software figures are moving. This helps reduce photo bombing.
The Always Smile function lets you scroll through the series of images captured in a Zoe to try to get the best face on the person in the image. You can also use it for goofy faces.
A slick feature on the HTC One is the 3-second Zoe capture. With this function you can then capture and save the still image from the 20 frames that are captured. Here is a cool photo showing red, white, and blue in my fireworks.