Time-shifting BlackBerry camera makes pictures perfect

One of the new features in RIM's BlackBerry OS 10 is a time-shifting camera app geared toward the amateur photographer in all of us.

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RIM execs Thorsten Heins and Vivek Bhandwaj demo the time-shifting camera feature of BlackBerry OS 10. Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cameras using BlackBerry OS 10 software will have the capability to wind back time on selected portions of photos to make sure that the image has captured all of its subjects at their best. The example used in the demonstration at BlackBerry World showed two people having their photo taken; when one of the subjects had her eyes closed in the finished shot, the photographer was able to select her face and wind back, frame by frame, to find a moment when her eyes were open. With this moment found, only this portion of the final photo was amended.

The feature is almost identical to a photo app we saw demoed earlier in the year called Rewind by Swedish app developer Scalado. It seems to work by having the camera app cache images in the moments before you fire the shutter. RIM hasn't published any videos showing this new feature in action yet, so check out the Scalado video below to get an idea of what to expect.

There is no firm date set for the release of BlackBerry OS 10 or new hardware running the update platform, though it is believed that RIM will unveil new devices in August.