Without a doubt, one of the biggest things that separates Nokia's Lumia smartphones from the competition is their cameras. That includes the PureView technology that is used in the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, among other smartphones. However, Nokia has also developed a highly advanced Camera app that allows many Lumia owners to have much more control over how photographs are taken with their smartphones.
Today, the company announced it will allow anyone who owns a Lumia Windows Phone device to download a public beta version of its Nokia Camera app. In a post on its blog, Nokia said the beta will work with all Lumia smartphones that run on Windows Phone 8, and not just the ones that have a PureView-based camera.
The app, which can be downloaded from the Nokia Beta Labs website, will at first have the same features as the current Nokia Camera version. The blog adds, "But over time, experimental new features will be added, refined, and – once they’re completely ready – deployed to the stable, non-Beta Camera app through the normal Store update process."
As with any beta app, downloading this software to your Nokia Lumia device could cause some bugs and stability issues to come up. That being said, it's a great idea for Nokia to test new features with the Camera app via this kind of public preview program.