Lumia owners on Thursday were treated to a pretty robust update, dubbed Denim, that introduces some pretty amazing new features. The bulk of the update is dedicated to new imaging improvements, which Microsoft promises will take a handful of Lumia devices to a “whole new level.” If you own a Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon or Lumia 1520, there’s definitely something in this update for you.
Microsoft says its Lumia Camera app will be much faster and more intuitive going forward, allowing users to take photos quicker with just “milliseconds between shots.” On the 4K side, a long press of the camera button will automatically start 4K video at 24 frames per seconds, with each frame at 8.3-megapixels—that’s handy for saving images for individual frames. The only caveat is that the Lumia 830 can’t record 4K due to hardware limitations.
Other imaging features include improved auto HDR, Dynamic Flash and Dynamic Exposure, along with tweaked algorithms for sharper shots in both bright light and low-light conditions. Nokia provided several examples to hammer home how its new Denim update produces better shots; the gallery above was shot with the Lumia 930.
In addition to providing a better camera experience, Denim is also bestowing the devices mentioned above with Cortana, Live Folders, SMS merging, and much more. Basically this is the update you’ve been waiting for if you’re an owner of a Lumia device.
It took a while for the update to finally show up, but now that’s it’s out, we’re curious to see if you notice any significant upgrades in image quality. Microsoft says the update is rolling out in waves depending on what device you have, and should arrive on other Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 in early January.