To win the Nokia Imaging Wiki Competition you need to: “write a great tutorial, guide or an article with code which shows how to use the Nokia Imaging SDK or Camera and any other Windows Phone APIs related to imaging in useful, imaginative and innovative ways”. Our winners have both done this – creating useful articles that show innovative approaches to imaging on Windows Phone. Many of the other entries are certainly on the right path!
At at the moment we don’t have any articles where Nokia Lumia 1020 truly shines, so we’ve put together some ideas in case this is something you want to explore. Note that even if you don’t have a Lumia 1020 you can still test high resolution images by copying them from the Internet to your current Lumia.
Two of the things which really set the Lumia 1020 apart from the crowd are its low light capability and huge amount of captured detail. For low light, anything that improves the already good images could be cool – for example HDR, or “reading in near dark” without using the flash continuously.
Considering “resolution”, any task which requires more detail, or detail from further away via zooming, is worth exploring. Topics around “recognition” and “tracking” all make sense. Crazy app ideas from my team which could be turned into articles included:
- Bird watching or aeroplane watching apps. Split the screen into two, in lower part the viewfinder, in top part the last photo zoomed to the maximum to help identify the object.
- App for recognizing any object (fish/berry/plant/fruit/mushroom/person/animal/car/painting…you name it). With greater detail in the image it might be possible to determine more than just the exact species.
- A “where’s Charlie game” – sharing images to find odd and interesting detail that isn’t visible without zoom.
- Book/image scanners. Because of the number of the pixels, you can probably get better results with a 1020.
- Bragging rights apps – take a picture at the same time as your friend and share to compare.
- Magnifying glass apps
Other ideas include showing how to do things that aren’t in the documentation yet. For example,
- a great editor to save new high-quality cropped images out of the original, with seamless and stepless, pinch-zoom, moving and rotating the zoomed area etc.
- changing the aspect ratio
- more examples of blending images (we do actually have an entry on this already!)
We can’t way to find out what you come up with in this final segment of the competition.