Nokia has launched DNG colour profiles for Adobe Lightroom to create your photography workload simpler to deal with. Whether you are simply an enthusiast or perhaps a professional digital photographer and possess a Lumia 1520 or Lumia 1020, there's a high probability you are shooting in raw DNG format (using the Lumia Black update, obviously).
Although this format gives you the way to edit photos after taking them without compression (together with a default colour profile), Nokia has treated us with profiles for particular light sources in order to save a while and energy.
Colour profiles basically provide more particulars concerning the image under consideration (beyond camera information, exposure configurations, date, etc). Within the situation of Adobe Lightroom, the profiles tell the program suite how you can convert colours of the raw image file. The default profile can be used as a myriad of lighting, but Nokia provides three profiles for expensive, fluorescent and daylight-halogen.
Default colour profile (left) versus expensive profile - Lumia 1520
So why wouldn't you begin using these colour profiles? When editing photos such suites, work is needed to regulate colours in raw conversion to attain preferred results. Utilising profiles removes this workload and replaces it having a simple selection. It's not necessary to make use of the profiles either (or any you develop and/or download her), they are just there to create things simpler.
Should you shoot several photos every now and then, using Instagram or any other social networking applications to see buddies, you most likely will not go near software for example Adobe's Lightroom. However for fanatics and energy customers available who make the most of Nokia Lumia camera abilities, browse the links below to seize the color profiles.
It's suggested that you simply save and backup your colour profiles, in addition to raw images to safe locations just just in case of storage failures. Tell us the way you start the profiles within the comments.
Source: Nokia Conversations
Did you a get a new Windows Phone in your stocking above the fireplace or in a box under the Christmas tree? If you did, odds are it might have been a Nokia Lumia 520. Why’s that? It’s only the most popular Windows Phone ever. Last we checked, over one in four Windows Phone devices around the world are the Lumia 520. Which isn’t all that surprising. You have a smartphone that can easily be had for under $100 off-contract around the world, it’s selling like hot cakes.
Which is why we’re going to look at the 10 best apps for the Lumia 520. We’ll be focusing on apps (and games tomorrow) that run well on devices with 512MB of RAM. Which means this list also apples to devices like the Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 720 and others with just 512MB of RAM.
Facebook Beta – Best app for connecting with family and friends
Yeah, I’m putting Facebook Beta ahead of the legit version of Facebook. Live life on the edge and use the beta version of Facebook for newer features and faster updates. Whether you like it or not, Facebook is a juggernaut of a social network. It has over one billion users, which means something like one in seven people on the entire planet have a Facebook account. It’s an important app and works well on the Lumia 520. Get that Facebook Beta in the Windows Phone Store (or grab the vanilla version, aka non-beta Facebook).
Bing Weather –Best app for checking the weather
There are a plethora of weather apps in the Windows Phone Store. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. However, we like Bing and recommend it as a great weather app to download right away. It’s free, has no ads and a clean interface. What more could you want in a weather app? Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.
WhatsApp – Best app for communicating
Right now, WhatsApp has over 400 million monthly active users. Those users send 16 billion messages and 500 million images per day on WhatsApp. Those figures are astonishing, which is why WhatsApp is a must-have app for your Lumia 520. Odds are, someone you know prefers using the platform to contact you. The app for Windows Phone has had a flurry of updates in the past few weeks, adding both stability and features. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.
Nokia MixRadio – Best app for your next dance party
There are a lot of music apps available for Windows Phone. We’re big fans of Xbox Music, Songza, Pandora and others. Unfortunately, because of local laws and music licensing, those apps aren’t necessarily available in all regions that the Lumia 520 is. No music service is perfect when it comes to availability around the globe, but Nokia MixRadio comes pretty close and seems to be available in most places. Availability aside, it’s just a great music platform. We’re big fans of the mixes that are created by real human beings and not some computer algorithm. The app is a mix of free features and an affordable subscription ($4.99 per month). Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.
HERE Maps – Best app to never get lost
Smartphones are wonderful devices, mostly because they combine the features and functions of multiple devices into one. You can leave your GPS navigator at home thanks to HERE Maps on Windows Phone. Odds are you already have HERE Maps loaded up on your Lumia 520, but it’s always worth highlighting because it’s so good and it’s free. HERE Maps lets you save on data by downloading maps for offline use. You’ll never get lost as long as you’ve got HERE Maps on your Lumia 520. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.
myTube – Best app for watching YouTube
The “official” YouTube app on Windows Phone sucks. There’s the whole tussle between Google and Microsoft on the issue, but that doesn’t matter so much since we have myTube on Windows Phone. It’s the best way to use YouTube on Windows Phone and works great on the Lumia 520. Sign in with your account and you’ll get access to your subscriptions, favorites and more. The UI is pretty snazzy and there are tons of features that make this a great YouTube app. Grab myTube from the Windows Phone Store.
Wikipedia – Best app to quench your thirst for knowledge
You probably hit up Wikipedia a few times a day if you’re anything like us. Thankfully, we have a stellar Wikipedia app on Windows Phone from Rudy Huyn. It’s called, wait for it, Wikipedia and has the blessings of the Wikimedia Foundation (organization behind Wikipedia). The app by Rudy shows of the Windows Phone design language with aplomb and performance is solid. It’s the best way to get Wikipedia on your Windows Phone. Which is why you should get it for you Lumia 520 from the Windows Phone Store.
Weave – Best app to be the king of news
Outside of tech you probably have a few other hobbies and interests right? There’s no better way to stay on top of your favorite news sites and blogs than with Weave for Windows Phone. The app was just updated to take advantage of their in-house Weave Cloud Services that allows your feeds, favorites and more to sync across Weave on Windows Phone and Windows 8. There’s also a web version of Weave coming, so you’ll never be without your news. Weave is available for free on Windows Phone, but you can also pony up and get the ad-free version for $9.99. Grab the Weave for free in the Windows Phone Store.
Nokia Camera Beta – Best app for photography
The Lumia 520 isn’t known for producing stellar photographs. Mostly because it has a relatively ho-hum sensor, it is a budget friendly phone after all. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t push the limits of what is possible with it. To do that, you’ll want Nokia Camera Beta. The app is more or less like the regular version of Nokia Camera, except not limited to high-end Lumia’s with PureView technology. To get the same features and fine level of control over your camera on the Lumia 520 make sure you grab Nokia Camera beta in the Windows Phone Store.
6tag – Best way to Instagram
Sure, there’s finally an official Instagram client for Windows Phone, but it doesn’t come close to the performance and features found in 6tag. The app was recently updated to version 3.0 and brings support for the newest feature on the photo social network, Instagram Direct. That’s a feature you can’t even get in the official version on Windows Phone. It’s free and available in the Windows Phone Store.
(Bonus) WPCentral – Best way to get learn about more apps for your Lumia 520
OK, time for a shameless plug. You should probably get our app (WPCentral) for Windows Phone to easily learn, discover, and download new apps for your Lumia 520. We constantly highlight new apps, big updates, and more. Our app for Windows Phone is easily the best portal for staying abreast on all the news and happenings on the platform. It’s free, but you can pay to unlock some extra features. There’s also a new update out right now where Jay really outdid himself with new features and bug fixes. Pick it up in the Windows Phone Store.
And there you have it. The best apps for your Lumia 520 (or any 512 MB device really). Of course your opinions on what apps are a must-have for your Lumia 520 might differ from ours, which is where the comments below come in. Rocking a Lumia 520? Sound off below with some of your favorite apps. Don’t worry about games, since we’ll cover those tomorrow. For now, this is all about apps.
One of the more interesting features of the Nokia Black update is the ability to capture photographs in RAW or DNG format. DSLR and high-end compact cameras have been using the RAW/DNG format for years and this is the first time a smartphone has had this ability.
The DNG format allows Lumia 1020 and 1520 camera users more control over their images. It is a feature that matches up well with the optical stabilization, low-light performance and larger imaging sensors already in place.
However, DNG may not be for everyone. If you detest post-processing (photo editing) and prefer a “straight from the camera” photography experience, you may want to stick with JPEG.
What is DNG?
DNG is a universal RAW image format and is short for Digital Negative Image File. In many respects, a RAW image file is comparable to film negatives. Where JPEG image files are processed in-camera (exposure, white balance, contrast, etc.) and compressed, DNG files are not. They leave the camera as a raw, un-adjusted image file. This allows you to adjust the image as you see fit and minimizes any image degradation that such adjustments may cause.
You can fine-tune JPEG images with post-processing but the more you adjust and tweak exposure, color adjustments, sharpness, contrast, etc. your image quality begins to suffer.
Think of it this way. If you draw a picture on a piece of paper and have to erase portions of the drawing to improve the appearance the paper will begin to show wear from being erased. The more you post-edit a JPEG image, the stronger the chance the image will begin to show wear through noise, artifacts or other abnormalities.
One of the downsides to DNG files is that without any adjustments or compression, the file itself is huge. A compressed 38MP JPEG file runs in the neighborhood of 9MB while an uncompressed 38MP DNG file runs in the neighborhood of 48MB.
Image sizes of the two file formats breaks down as follows. The 38MP JPEG image is 7136 x 5360 pixels at 72dpi. The 38MP DNG image is 7152 x 5360 pixels at 240dpi. I am not exactly sure where the extra pixel width comes from but I have found the higher, native dpi lends for better print quality.
Accessing your DNG files
To set your Lumia 1020 or 1520 to shoot DNG format, go to your camera settings. You will have capture mode options that will include JPEG (5MP), JPEG (5MP +38MP) and JPEG (5MP + DNG (38MP). Keep in mind the high end of the image resolution is dependent on your aspect ratio. An aspect ratio of 4:3 will give you the 38MP resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:9 will yield you a 34MP resolution on the high end.
The 5MP image is built off the larger JPEG or DNG image file and is easier to share from your Windows Phone. The larger image file can be used with the “zoom later” feature of Nokia Camera to modify the appearance of the 5MP image. Shooting in DNG format will act just like shooting with the 5MP+34/38MP option.
If your photography never strays from your Windows Phone screen, you will not see the difference between shooting DNG and JPEG formats (save the storage needed for the larger DNG file). The advantages of the DNG format come into play if you take the images offsite to a photo-editing app on computer.
Asides from being a much larger file, another downside to DNG or RAW image files is that it takes more time to edit your photos. With JPEG images, you get a finished product straight from the camera that often requires no post-editing. With DNG files, you are guaranteed time with photo editing software.
Windows File Explorer Listing DNG Files
To edit the un-compressed, un-adjusted, raw DNG file you will first need to remove it from your Windows Phone to a computer. You can do this by connecting your Windows Phone up to your computer and using the file explorer look for the file with the “Raw_highres.dng” extension or the DNG File Type in the Camera Roll sub-folder of the Pictures folder.
Once on your computer, you will need to open it from Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or other photo editor. When you do so, you will need to run the DNG file through a conversion application. Most photo editors have this built in and the conversion process pulls up automatically.
Adobe Photoshop Elements RAW Conversion
The conversion app lets you apply your editing adjustment to the DNG files appearance. Adjustments include exposure, color temperature, color tint, shadows, contrast, brightness, black levels, saturation and more. The number of adjustments varies depending on the photo editing software manufacturer.
Once you get your adjustments just right, the DNG file will be converted to JPEG format and the adjustments will be applied. From there you can crop, re-size and/or make additional edits to your image before saving.
As the development of our Windows Phone cameras continue, hopefully we will see a Windows Phone photo-editing app that will allow us to convert and edit DNG files straight from the Windows Phone. The Lumia 1520’s six-inch screen is just screaming for such an editor.
I have been shooting RAW format from a DSLR for years and find the format gives me more control in editing photos, helps me save marginal images from being tossed, and provides overall better image quality. The JPEG image format is equally capable of producing quality images but can be more sensitive to post-processing.
Note: Sample images were shot with the Nokia Lumia 1020. JPEG images were taken straight from the camera and resized for publication. DNG images were converted, then resized for publication.
JPEG (left) and DNG (right) Samples
The adjustment controls with processing DNG files makes it easier to pull details out of the shadows, accurately adjust an image’s white balance (tint and temperature), and overall gives you more creative control over your images. When lighting conditions aren't that great, I have found that shooting RAW gives you a little more forgiveness than JPEG.
Straight from the Camera JPEG Sample Image
In shooting images with both formats, I am very impressed with how well the Lumia 1020 handles in-camera processing. Image quality was very close with the two image formats but I found getting the image to look as desired was easier in shooting with the DNG format. Granted this could be based on being more accustomed to processing RAW image files.
DNG File Sample Image
In defense of the JPEG image, you can fine-tune the image file with Fhotoroom, Nokia's Creative Studio, or other Windows Phone/computer photo editors to improve the "straight from the camera" image. Just keep in mind, the more you adjust a JPEG image the chance of image degradation increases.
Hopefully we will see a Windows Phone photo editor that will be capable of opening and converting the DNG files and reduce the dependency on a computer to make the most of these files. The 'zoom later' feature of Nokia Camera will work on DNG files but the image is automatically converted and re-sampled to the 5MP version. It would be nice to have an internal conversion app to let you adjust the DNG file manually then edit the image accordingly.
DNG or JPEG?
If the majority of your photos will reside on your Windows Phone, the JPEG file format will serve you well. Even if you venture beyond your Windows Phone, shooting JPEG images can produce fantastic images.
If you like to dabble with photo editing and are looking for more control with your images, then shoot DNG. It will require a little more time with photo editing software but in the end you may find it time well spent.
For me, the introduction of the RAW/DNG file format to our Windows Phones makes the camera a more serious contender. It gives you the ability to shoot a photo, share the 5MP JPEG immediately and later edit/fine-tune the DNG for print or digital publication. This ability has been in place with many professional DSLRs for years and it is nice to see it landing with our Windows Phones.
JPEG (Bottom) and DNG (Top) Sample Images
If you have shot RAW before with your DSLR or advanced Point and Shoot camera, you will feel right at home with the Lumia’s DNG format. If you are curious about photo editing, the DNG will give you the opportunity to dive into more intense post-processing. If you could care less about RAW image files and like the convenience of the JPEG format, the Lumia 1020 and 1520 has you covered as well.
There really is no right or wrong whichever way you choose.
If you have given the new DNG format a spin, let us know what you think of it in the comments below.
Earlier we detailed Nokia’s additional features that will become provided with the Lumia Black firmware update. Certainly one of individuals surprise features was the opportunity to create application folders in your Start screen. At that time no particulars were around the blog publish saying ways to get application folders labored. Daniel recommended it will come by means of an application, so it merely has. Actually, now you can download Application Folder from Nokia to produce your personal.
Surprise! It doesn’t really need Lumia Black to operate. We we’re in a position to install and employ the application on the device using the Amber firmware update installed.
There is not much for this. This application can help you clear your Start screen by permitting you to definitely group applications together right into a folder. Not just applications, however, many popular configurations may also be added for relatively fast access. The folder solution isn’t as elegant because it is on competing mobile os's. For instance, the folder you develop is essentially an Live tile using the symbols of the several applications inside. When you tap it you jump in to the Application Folder application where you’ll then tap the application you need to visit. But it’s a pleasant means of cleaning your Start screen.
You may create folders, title them, and drop the different applications and configurations in it. Pin it for your Start screen and you may cycle with the various tile dimensions. But when you’re a energy user that positively utilizes a bazillion applications, Application Folder might be a pleasant means of cleaning your Start screen and discover a little more zen.
Snap it up for the Lumia device within the Home windows Phone Store free of charge.
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Particulars coming afterwards Nokia's latest user-asked for feature for Home windows Phone 8
Earlier today we covered some particulars around the Nokia’s Lumia Black update that's starting to rollout in China along with other nations around the world. We've more particulars on additional features within Lumia Black and also the accessibility to the rollout. Information ahoy!
The Lumia Black firmware already occurs products such as the Lumia 1520, however it’s moving out for that Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 mobile phones. Other products can get the update within the coming days. Nokia includes a support page on their own site where one can check up on the status for the Amber and Lumia Black updates based on your region and company.
What’s new within the Lumia Black update? There’s a few additional features and enhancements in imaging. Anticipate such things as:
- Application Folder
- Nokia Glance Screen 2.
- Bluetooth LE
- Nokia Refocus
- Nokia Beamer
- Nokia Storyteller
- Nokia Camera
The greatest surprise is adding folders into Home windows Phone. Application folders allows customers to group similar applications and configurations into one folder like a tile in your Start screen. A mod from Nokia Conversations responded within the comments from the corresponding blog publish announcing the rollout and stated that “we’ll bring more particulars with that inside a future publish” when responding to how application folders works. This can be a heavily asked for feature among many Home windows Phone customers and individuals running Lumia Black will have the ability to make the most of it.
Samsung formerly shipped Folders for their Home windows Phone customers with an application, so we picture this will be here. So stay updated.
The 2nd form of Nokia’s Glance Screen enhances upon the main functionality and have set from the time it initially released. The version in Lumia Black enables you to view notices out of your favorite applications like Twitter, Facebook, or WhatsApp. All products with Lumia Black can also get Bluetooth Low Energy enabled (BT4.). This enables for products like heartbeat monitors or fitness trackers to help keep a reliable connection and never drain battery for either device.
You will find a number of applications from Nokia that need Lumia Black to operate. Applications like Storyteller, Beamer, and Refocus is going to be open to individuals with Lumia Black. You will find certain restrictions for which a number of individuals applications can perform on some hardware. For instance, Nokia Refocus is only going to use products which have a minimum of 1GB of RAM. Obviously Nokia Camera now works in the Lumia 520 to Lumia 1520, however it sings on greater finish hardware.
When it comes to imaging, Lumia Black enhances picture quality (mainly in the Lumia 1020) with a brand new group of calculations. Images need to look natural with reduced noise in low-light situations.
When would you obtain the update? Soon. Like we stated, it’s moving out now to the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 globally. Look at your specific company about this support page.
AdDuplex has launched data showing the Lumia 520 becoming more popular then ever inside the Home windows Phone ecosystem, low-finish hardware advancing strongly in america along with a persistent Home windows Phone 7.
Home windows Phone is definitely an interesting platform to analyse when you are searching at hardware. Mix-platform advertising network, AdDuplex has released a study for that month of December to give to us a little insight regarding how Home windows Phone is searching in the finish of 2013. The entire year continues to be an eventful one as you would expect, so mind on beyond the break for the particulars.
Lumia 520 applies to gold
Much like in previous reviews we have covered from AdDuplex, the Lumia 520 is constantly on the dominate the Home windows Phone ecosystem, getting yet bigger shares from the cake. Again, this really is further proof it's not lower to simply high-finish, costly hardware to push a mobile platform within the right direction.
Apart from the ongoing development of the Lumia 520, the chart remains almost exactly the same when in comparison to November. Based on AdDuplex, the reduced-finish Nokia Home windows Phone is continuing to grow five percent, basically absorbing amounts using their company Nokia Lumias within the list - did we point out that only Nokia Home windows Phones can be found within the top list still?
It's interesting to determine the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 don't even come in the very best "Home windows Phone 8 products" list, climax still beginning for that flagship phablet. And merely just in case you needed telling whether Nokia has had the marketplace by storm since 2011, browse the chart below.
Greetings, rather dominate Microsoft.
Home windows Phone 7 still hanging inside
Once we noted recently, Home windows Phone 7.x is really a persistent mobile platform, with customers holding onto their previous generation hardware. There's what's promising in present day report as AdDuplex notes how we have firmly passed the threeOr4 mark with Home windows Phone 8 ongoing to narrow the gap.
Aggressive prices helps Lumia 520 in america
We have seen some real cost cuts over the 2010 festive period, with Black Friday along with other aggressive marketing deals, however these campaigns have handled to assist the Lumia 520 out in the area because the system is now # 2, just behind its brother or sister.
The Lumia 520 was lower in fifth position recently (on 7.2 percent), making its progress in December rather impressive (getting 12.2 percent). Its brother or sister, the Lumia 521 remains in to begin with on 30.2 percent. It's interesting to notice the Nokia Lumia 1020 is featured within this chart on 2.3 %.
Finland, a strange child
Finland is definitely an odd country to pay for. The Lumia 800 is on 17.4 % in to begin with, showing precisely how resilient Home windows Phone 7 is, mainly in the home of Nokia. The Lumia 920 carefully follows in second (on 15 %) using the Lumia 520 in third (12.9 %). In addition may be the entire listing of top Home windows Phones in Finland contains Lumia hardware only.
A brand new South america
The forex market happens to be an essential region for Microsoft and it is OEM partners, approximately 2 several weeks ago the Lumia 710 was still being a powerful contender within the Home windows Phone race, however the Lumia 520 has turned the table and today leads by almost 10 %. It's an optimistic move since we are searching in a Home windows Phone 8 phone changing a mature generation device.
The Lumia 1520 is landing in multiple marketplaces, and we are likely to see more products hit the shelves within the coming several weeks, such as the Lumia 525. We are also wanting to see what's going to emerge from 2014 and just how the Microsoft and Nokia deal goes lower with new hardware being launched.
What exactly are your ideas in the finish of 2013? Tell us within the comments.
You'll have the ability to browse the full report over on AdDuplex tomorrow. It's worth proclaiming that this report was put together using data collected from 2,499 Home windows Phone applications running the Adduplex SDK v2. The raw data was collected on December 27th.
Certainly one of individuals was the frequently reported ‘screen sensitivity’ complaint, where scrolling using the display would frequently create a tap. Think about scrolling using your emails and rather than scrolling lower, you open a note up unintendedly. Another example could be on 6tag, the double-tap to love feature from the application could be triggered when just swiping through photos.
We’re obtaining a couple of reviews that today’s Extra supplies + Info update has basically fixed this issue. On the Lumia 1520, we must admit it does appear to become better. Others, however, aren't so convinced.
Nokia did react to user complaints in their help forum, observing that the over-the-air software update was because of fix the problem in The month of january:
“Hi, We're focusing on it. Problem is going to be fixed using the new SW release available within the air throughout The month of january 3rd or fourth week. Sorry for that inconvenience...”
Software updates imply such things as Extra supplies + Info rather than more drastic firmware changes, which may require company approval. Could today’s update happen to be the main one? We’re trying to discover, however with CES overall also it being late on the Friday, we’ll need to wait to verify.
Perhaps you have observed a noticable difference in your Lumia 1520? Seem off in comments.
Via: WPCentral Forums Thanks, Asham S., for that tip