Panorama hands-on for Windows Phone 8 on Nokia Lumia 820
Panorama is camera lenses for Windows Phone 8 and is exclusive to the Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920. As the name suggests, it allows you create some amazing panoramic photos using your smartphone. Find out how good it is with our Panorama hands-on on Nokia Lumia 820.
Panorama is a 5MB download that is free for Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920 users – you’ll find it in the Nokia Collection of your phone. You’ll also find it in the Lenses section of your Windows Phone 8 camera.
Once installed you can access the app directly or you can choose to start it from with the camera feature – either way works equally well. To access it with the Windows Phone 8 camera simply tap the twin arrows on the right-hand side and you can choose it from the list of lenses you have installed.
Panorama itself is incredibly easy to use. As soon as you fire up the tap it loads and asks you to tap the screen. Do this at the point at which you want to start your panoramic photo then simply hold your Nokia Lumia steady while it takes the shot.
You’ll see how long you need to hold it for as a wheel appears in the middle of the screen to highlight the photo is being taken. Once the shot is taken you’ll find a line urging you to move clockwise will appear. The trick here is to move the camera slowly and steadily until you’re lined up with the next circle – it gets larger the more in line with it you are.
This is a great way make sure that you’re image is in sync with the previous image. What’s more, if you move to fast or lose your way the app lets you know it, urging you to move back until the image is back in sync. In this way you’re guaranteed to get a great shot every time.
Once you’ve joined up the circles stop and next image will be taken. Once again, you know this is happening as the clock highlighter kicks in. You can take up to five images before the Panorama app automatically switches to stitch mode and pulls all the images together.
We really like Panorama. It takes what used to be just one part of the Camera Extras tools you’ll find on Windows Phone 7.5 and makes it an Windows Phone 8 lens in its own right.
You’ll find that, as with anything, the more you use the app the quicker and more intuitive your responses and results will be.
Remember, Panorama is exclusive to Nokia Lumia and can be found in the Nokia Collection, making it another reason Nokia is driving the adoption of Windows Phone over its rivals.