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  1. jhildy73's Avatar
    Ok so I know this phone has a nice camera but has anyone had issues with taking shots say at night outside?? Me and the wife were at the park and behind us the city skyline...we wanted some shots and every picture came out extremely blurry...do yall have certain settings for which there is limited light outside???
    09-04-2015 10:37 PM
  2. Guytronic's Avatar
    09-05-2015 12:40 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    Microsoft Camera has a night mode setting that can help a bit.

    Aside from that, you can play with the ISO, brightness, exposure and shutter speed too. A great tip was shared here (along with some night pictures in here as well): http://forums.windowscentral.com/lum...ml#post3141563
    Also, even though this thread is for the XL, you can still apply some tips shared in this thread: http://forums.windowscentral.com/lum...ia-640-xl.html
    Guytronic likes this.
    09-05-2015 12:43 AM
  4. Guytronic's Avatar
    From what I've seen is that the subject matter at night will need some light on it for the focus to take hold.
    With the fixed f2.2 at 28mm the camera has a wide view so if the target isn't lit well it may work best to get close for handheld shots.
    I find things like park benches, walls with a straight edge, the "Y" of a tree or any stable surface works to help steady the camera in low light.
    Also play with the exposure value slider in Lumia camera this can overexpose for a desired effect.

    Things like city skylines over water always look striking at night because of the amount of light.
    If you look at most night shots that are handheld the best ones are sufficiently lit.

    A pocket tripod is still most handy for the artful photog using a phone camera in my opinion...
    Good luck there!
    libra89 likes this.
    09-05-2015 01:43 AM
  5. hamka787's Avatar
    If you want quick snap handheld at night try to use the built in Microsoft Camera and select Night Scene mode. I think it gives better result than LC5 left in auto. LC5 tends to choose higher ISO number if left in auto for night shot. **But LC5 should give better results if you care to set those dials manually.
    libra89 and Guytronic like this.
    09-05-2015 06:28 AM
  6. jhildy73's Avatar
    Ok thank you guys !
    Guytronic likes this.
    09-05-2015 08:46 AM
  7. voidcomp's Avatar
    If you want quick snap handheld at night try to use the built in Microsoft Camera and select Night Scene mode.
    Where's this night scene mode for the 640? The provided default camera app is called Lumia Camera. Running 8.1.
    09-05-2015 10:56 AM
  8. libra89's Avatar
    Where's this night scene mode for the 640? The provided default camera app is called Lumia Camera. Running 8.1.
    You have to go to settings and change the default camera to Microsoft Camera in order to see it. It can only be accessed through the action center
    hamka787 likes this.
    09-05-2015 11:15 AM
  9. jhildy73's Avatar
    Ah that was the info I needed...thank u

    Ok I still can't find.the night mode .
    Last edited by Guytronic; 09-07-2015 at 10:09 PM.
    09-05-2015 04:06 PM
  10. voidcomp's Avatar
    Ah that was the info I needed...thank u
    Not exactly the most intuitive way of discovering the phone has a 2nd camera app lol. Wonder if there's other default options for other applications, and how many just use the Lumia Cam app not knowing any better.
    09-07-2015 04:07 PM
  11. hamka787's Avatar
    hey guys, I am worried. What will happen to Lumia Camera in W10?
    Guytronic likes this.
    09-07-2015 07:10 PM
  12. xandros9's Avatar
    hey guys, I am worried. What will happen to Lumia Camera in W10?
    it's fate has already been established. it will be replaced by/become the new default Windows Camera, which seems based upon LC5.
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    09-07-2015 07:26 PM
  13. hamka787's Avatar
    just recently I downloaded LC4 and compared it against LC5 with my Lumia640 in lowlight conditions. It surprised me that LC4 actually performs better than LC5 in ISOs ranging from 200 to 800.

    If LC5 is going to be retained as Windows Camera & LC4 is going to be discontinued then I will be very sad. I am not really impressed with LC5. The only thing I like about it is its quick start which is extremely useful.

    If you guys havent download LC4, well give it a try and make comparisons. I would love to hear your thoughts.
    Last edited by hamka787; 09-08-2015 at 09:56 AM.
    09-07-2015 07:34 PM
  14. hamka787's Avatar
    shot of a box with printed paper under my desk, both auto & both are at ISO1600

    Lumia Camera 5 (ISO1600)
    wp_20150909_07_38_03_pro.jpg

    Lumia Camera 4 (ISO1600)
    wp_20150909_07_38_43_pro.jpg
    09-08-2015 08:13 PM
  15. hamka787's Avatar
    Both LC4 & LC5 on pro settings, ISO manually selected at 800

    LC4
    wp_20150907_22_18_36_pro.jpg

    LC5
    wp_20150907_22_19_01_pro.jpg
    09-08-2015 08:21 PM
  16. hamka787's Avatar
    Both LC4 & LC5 in pro mode, ISO set to 400

    LC4
    wp_20150907_22_19_53_pro.jpg

    LC5
    wp_20150907_22_20_14_pro.jpg
    09-08-2015 08:26 PM
  17. james42519's Avatar
    i can't find microsoft camera on the phone at all. it is not listed in apps and don't see where you could even find it.
    09-12-2015 09:19 AM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    i can't find microsoft camera on the phone at all. it is not listed in apps and don't see where you could even find it.
    Microsoft Camera is built into the phone so it doesn't have an app. You can only access it from the action center/notifications at the top. It's that button called camera
    09-12-2015 05:24 PM
  19. colinkiama's Avatar
    i can't find microsoft camera on the phone at all. it is not listed in apps and don't see where you could even find it.
    Just in case you don't know its called 'camera' in the apps list.
    09-12-2015 06:01 PM
  20. Guytronic's Avatar
    Just in case you don't know its called 'camera' in the apps list.
    It's not included under the apps list on the Lumia 640.
    The early L535's under Denim and 8.2 were the same way.
    09-12-2015 09:43 PM
  21. james42519's Avatar
    Microsoft Camera is built into the phone so it doesn't have an app. You can only access it from the action center/notifications at the top. It's that button called camera
    guess i am never using it then because i am not having one of the 4 spaces there being taken up but that camera thing. also noticed that it seemed to open too if you go to lenses and then twitter
    09-18-2015 01:38 AM

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