Microsoft Research releases Blink Windows Phone 8 photo app

In September 2012, Microsoft showed off an interesting Lens app for Windows Phone 8 as part of the Nokia Lumia 920/820 press conference. The app, called Blink, was developed by Microsoft Research and was designed to let its users pick their favorite image from a burst of shots of the same location.

This weekend, Microsoft finally released the Blink app, and thankfully it's available for all Windows Phone 8 owners to download from the Windows Phone Store, so it's not just an exclusive for Nokia Lumia devices.

The video above gives a good idea of how the Blink app works. Basically, when you aim your smartphone photo lens at your intended subject and then open the Blink app, it starts taking images before or after you actually snap a picture, either by clicking on the shutter button or by tapping on the screen.

You then get a series of images that you can check out via a strip on the bottom of the screen. When you see the image that you think is the best one of that subject, you can select it and it becomes part of your official Camera Roll.

WPCentral.com notes that the only real drawback to using the Blink app to take pictures is that their resolution gets reduced to just 1280x720. If you want your photos to have a higher resolution, then the Blink app is not for you. However, if you are taking photos of a high action moment, such as a football game or cats running around the living room, then using the Blink app is the best way to make sure you have the shot you want to take.

Source: Windows Phone Store | Image via Microsoft
Via: WPCentral.com

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