Windows 10 Mobile’s camera app could finally add a built-in panorama feature

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Malarie Gokey/Digital Trends
The native camera app on Windows 10 Mobile could be seeing a long-overdue update with the addition of a built-in panorama mode — something iOS and Android has had for years. Formerly a separate Lumia app, the panorama app has since been discontinued as Windows worked to add the feature to the pre-installed camera.

A Tweet from the Windows Insider Senior Program Manager Brandon LeBlanc revealed earlier this week that the panorama feature should be coming out “soon” for the Windows Lumia 950 cameras.

Windows users could get panorama shots from separate apps after the camera features were divvied up into multiple programs back in version 8.1, including the Lumia Panorama. But the Lumia Panorama isn’t compatible with Windows 10. Last fall, Microsoft stopped supporting the app saying it would eventually be merged into the more all-in-one Windows Camera app. Along with the Panorama app, Microsoft stopped supporting several others to create an integrated app, including the Refocus, Storyteller, Beamer, and Video Uploader. While the switch didn’t remove the apps from phones, the separate camera apps are no longer available for download.

According to WindowsBlogItalia, the panorama feature works by moving the phone from side to side, unlike the stitching individual images together in Lumia Panorama. The app also won’t be available on every Windows Mobile phone, but is initially only for new models including the Lumina 950 and 950 LX.

While “soon” doesn’t offer much of a timeline as to when users will see the addition, it does appear to be coming. In the same tweet, LeBlanc said the ability to switch off auto enhancements isn’t currently in the works.

In the meantime, users can still choose from a number of third-party panorama apps like Photosynth and Pano.


Windows 10 Mobile is dead: Switch to iOS or Android, Microsoft says

A Microsoft support page detailed the company's plans to end support for Windows 10 Mobile in less than a year. Users with devices powered by the platform are suggested to switch to iOS or Android devices.

Open RAR files with the greatest of ease using these awesome applications

Few things are more bothersome than not being able to open a file when you need it most. Check out our quick guide about how to open RAR files in Windows and MacOS. We will walk you through the process, step by step.

Microsoft leans on A.I. to resume safe delivery of Windows 10 Update

Microsoft is leaning on artificial intelligence as it resumes the automatic rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. You should start seeing the update soon now that Microsoft has resolved problems with the initial software.
Home Theater

Dolby’s secret recording studio app may soon exit stealth mode

In secret testing since June, Dolby's stealth recording and social network app may soon be ready to make an appearance. Dolby 234 blends unique noise-canceling tech with Instagram-like audio filters.

GoPro bumps resolution on Fusion 360 cam to 5.6K with new firmware

Currently available in public beta, Fusion firmware version 2.0 offers a new 5.8K mode that results in 5.6K output when the 360 camera's two hemispheres are stitched together. It also adds support for 24 fps video and RAW time-lapse…

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.

Olympus teaser shares glimpse of OM-D camera that’s good for more than sports

Is Olympus about to release a new mirrorless camera geared toward sports photographers? The latest teaser offers a glimpse of an upcoming OM-D camera set to launch on January 24, and by the looks of the teasers, it's capable for landscapes…

Nikon A1000, B600 pack big zooms into compact, budget-friendly cameras

The new Nikon Coolpix A1000 packs in a 35x zoom lens, 4K video, and an optical viewfinder, while Nikon's B600 brings a 60x zoom lens to the table. The cameras are modest updates to Nikon's budget-friendly zoom models.
Social Media

Nearly a million Facebook users followed these fake Russian accounts

Facebook purged two separate groups behind more than 500 fake accounts with Russian ties. One group had ties to Russian news agency Sputnik, while the other had behavior similar to the Internet Research Agency's midterm actions.

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world will take your breath away

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.

Photography news: Careful, self-driving cars can ruin your camera sensor

In this week's photography news, learn how self-driving cars destroyed a digital camera via lasers. Find out how many patents Canon filed for in 2018. Read about what Tamron lenses are available for the Nikon Z6.

Here are 8 GoPro tips to get the most out of your action cam

There's more to your GoPro camera than just mounting it to your skateboard. Whether it's finding the best accessories or understanding the settings more thoroughly, learn to shoot video like a pro with these simple GoPro tips and tricks.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!