Microsoft beefs up Windows Phone 8 camera phone features

Windows Phone 8 devices will offer new camera features including screenshots, Bing searches, and 360-degree panoramas.

The Lumia 920 shows the new Windows 8 camera phone features. Sarah Tew/CNET

NEW YORK--At its Windows Phone 8 press event today, Nokia and Microsoft gave us more than just the Lumia 920 . Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore also announced new camera features for Windows Phone 8 devices.

The new features aim to integrate the camera deeper into the smartphone user experience and with the operating system's social features.

Screenshots: User will now be able to snap screenshots and share them via Twitter. That's a big boost for a phone reviewer.

Flash: New flash controls for the camera will be easily accessible in the viewfinder interface.

Bing Vision: Part of the new Lenses suite of apps, Bing Vision lets you snap a photo and then search the Internet (through Bing, of course) for related information. So, for example, you could shoot a book cover and then see where to go and buy it online.

CNN iReport: Though not yet available, this app will empower citizen journalists to shoot photos of breaking news events and send them to CNN for possible use.

FXSuite: This app lets you choose from various filters to your shots.

Blink: The Blink app will shoot a series of photos while detecting if your subjects blinks. It will then choose the best shots with eyes wide open.

Photosynth: Different from a three-picture panorama app, Photosynth enables full 360-degree panoramas.

 

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