Microsoft talks Windows Phone 7 and photos


Microsoft has made quite a big deal about the speed and ease of use of the camera in Windows Phone 7.
JP Wollersheim, Group Product Manager for Windows Phone, has delivered a Backstage interview talking about photography aspect of Windows Phone 7, and the video can be seen embedded above.
For readers not willing to spend the whole 60 min watching the video, MobilityDigest has summerized the main new information:

  • VGA video recording is the minimum but OEM can decide to go up to HD.
  • Playback can handle HD video. They sync over Zune
  • If you send by email then it sends in full resolution. To share to Facebook or Windows Live/SkyDrive it resizes them to a screen resolution that is more likely
  • HDMI out is not part of the chassis and it appears to not be supported.
  • The proximity sensor will prevent accidental pictures taken in your pocket.
  • No touch focussing.
  • GPS tagging exists and you can click on the photo and it opens in maps
  • Once you take a photo the review is within the viewfinder – just slide left
  • When viewing the social photos that automatically are pulled the phone pulls your phones resolution to get it to you so you can see it right away and then grabs the higher res
  • Every 5 times you go into photos it updates the photo on your tile

In the video Wollersheim made it very clear the software is designed for speed and ease of use, seemingly targeting the grandmother, rather that the photo buff. While this may be damaging to Microsoft’s chances with early adopters, it is consistent with Microsoft’s focus on consumers.

I certainly think the integrated photo review is a killer feature.  Do our readers agree? Let us know below.

Read more at the Windows Phone 7 Backstage here.

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