Yesterday the daughter and I went on a photo safari to the Great Swamp. We picked the wrong time of day to go — strong bright sunlight tends to flatten things out, and makes the kinds of panorama shots I favor just about impossible to pull off. I did get a few nice ones with my Nikon, which I’ll try and post tomorrow. But I took it as a good opportunity to test the camera on my Nokia Lumia 900 phone.
June’s “Wired” magazine gave it a very high rating, and since I find my Samsung Stratosphere’s phone to be kind of crappy, this is worth an audition.
It is just a camera phone, so I’m aware that I’m nitpicking. Here’s a raw (just resized) image from one of the observation blinds. I like how it pulls gets color into the sky without making the foreground go to black.
The highlights in her face are blown out in the original, just like the cloud shapes in the wide-angle shots above.
There’s no Instagram app available for Windows Phone, and there may never be. But some good-hearted soul put out an app called “Instacam,” which does some of the same things. Before we left in the afternoon I took a photo of a tree in our sunroom and applied a couple of the built-in filters.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t record which filters I used, so I can’t tell you what’s what. But here are some post-processed ones using the app through the phone’s photo gallery. Hover to see which filter.
I counted 28 different filters, plus 11 framing styles.
The interface is pretty straightforward, though it does warn that they can’t directly interface with Facebook. Once you save an image, you can do that from the phone’s photo gallery. You also can’t open an image you’ve already taken into Instacam directly. Instead you have to find it in your gallery, then swipe upwards and select “apps.” Then you can tap on Instacam and do your editing.