Full detail of what’s new in the Picture Hub and Camera in WP 7.5 Mango


The Windows Phone team have posted a full change log of the new camera and pictures hub features in Windows Phone 7 Mango.

The most interesting features, for me at least, is that Touch Focus will be available on some handsets, while other phones will have Touch to Snap.

Also of note is that pictures that are uploaded to SkyDrive are now private by default, rather than automatically shared – a pretty sensible change I would say.

BTW, autofix is pretty amazing in Windows Phone 7 Mango, making many pictures go from pretty poor (especially ones that are too dark or have strange colour balance) pretty presentable.

See the full change log after the break.


  • Autofix—Apply some common photographic fixes to a picture, on your phone, in one tap.
  • Touch focus and capture—Tap any spot on the screen to focus there and take the shot. (This varies according to hardware—some phones will have tap-to-capture but will still automatically center focus.)
  • Sticky settings—Save your custom camera settings for next time.
  • Ability to mute the shutter sound—Good for taking pictures at those school holiday pageants (not available in all countries and regions).
  • Review pictures above the lock—Snap a photo when your phone is locked, then take a peek at it above the lock. You’ll only be able to get to photos you just took—better for security.
  • Changes for portrait orientation—Now, when you take a picture in portrait orientation, you’ll see it in portrait orientation when you review it.


  • Video sharing—Send your vids in email or post them to Facebook or SkyDrive.
  • Twitter integration—Tweet your pics!
  • Easy picture tagging on upload to Facebook or SkyDrive.
  • View and add tags on your friends’ Facebook and SkyDrive pictures.
  • Integration with the People Hub—View your friends’ albums on their contact cards and on Group cards.
  • People view—See snapshots and albums from your favorite contacts in the Pictures Hub.
  • Personalize—Tag some favorites and choose Shuffle background in the Pictures Hub, and you’ll see your favorite photos on the Hub and on Start.
  • When you choose a photo from within an app, you can now pick from online albums on Facebook or SkyDrive, not just pictures saved on your phone.
  • Quick access to the Camera Roll—Before, it took two taps in the Pictures Hub to get the photos you’ve snapped. Now it’s front and center.
  • Apps pane—Developers can register their photo-related apps to show up in the Pictures Hub for easy access.
  • Autoshare to SkyDrive changed to Automatically upload to SkyDrive, which you can turn on to upload a lower-res version of every picture you take to a private location on SkyDrive.
  • Pin any album to Start, including Facebook albums.

Read more at the Windows Team Blog here.

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