30FPS video with continuous Autofocus coming to Nokia N8 specific update

| June 13, 2011 | 70 Replies

Camera Guru of Nokia, Damien Dinning has been chatting to twitter folk about a new N8 specific update that will add 30FPS video with continuous autofocus.

  • 30 FPS would mean slightly smoother videos, especially if you have faster action.
  • Continuous autofocus means during video mode you can have very close up subjects or subjects further away (varying distances) as the focus point is continually being updated.

These were available as hacks very early on to the N8, with continuous autofocus later being available in an App available at Ovi Store. In interviews about pre-production N8, Damien had noted they were working on it possibly for future updates. Although this could have been released at launch, Damien has been very strict to make sure this is done just right (and of course with this knowledge, will go on to benefit future models. Remember again what we’ve seen in N8 is supposedly only a fraction of what Nokia can do in the imaging space).

On twitter, these features were confirmed for the N8. Damien (@PhoneDaz) was asked by @Harkison whether CAF would damage his N8, to which Damien said it depended on the software optimization.

Damien mentions requiring Anna release, but one that is specific to the N8. This might explain perhaps why it’s taking that little bit longer when X7/E6 already have Anna (though, why not for E7/C7/C6-01)

“There wil be an N8 specific update coming which will. You need the code from Anna though.”

Update from Damien Dinning apparently in our comments.  Not sure how to verify :S.

Hi all,

Just want to say, reading your comments, thanks.

As soon as this update is available I’ll be posting full details and background behind why we’re implementing some things the way we are so you can get the most out of the changes/improvements we’re bringing.

It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to promise any specific date at this time, but would like to assure you that we want you to have this update as quickly as we can get it to you. Your continued patience is appreciated.

atb

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  1. herrmo says:

    check the device specifications of the nokia oro on forum.nokia.com. It will have 30 fps 720p video recording with the same hardware as the c7. So I think we could get it with anna

    http://www.forum.nokia.com/Devices/Device_specifications/Oro/

    • A-S-D says:

      All of them can have 30FPS, and should, but obviously, only the N8 will get continuous autofocus and 30FPS may be in an update on the other devices as well.

  2. flopjoke says:

    Finally.. someone talked about updating the CAMERA.. which is the MAIN feature of N8. Yeah, if they update it, it’ll be really good. But I wonder how they’ll get rid of the noise in the autofocus.. ? Also, the interface of the camera.. that needs a touch-up. N8 can come back in the game after that =)

    • slayer says:

      they can get rid of the noise by disabling the camera mic.

      • A-S-D says:

        Wrong kind of noise

        • SGean says:

          I think he’s got a point there. The stero left mic on the camera module could be turned off leaving only the right stero on. Though you would loose the stero recording..

        • a3x says:

          hehe, I lol’d at this one. It is not same noise. Electronic noise is not the same as air pressured noise (yes, sound). For example, electronic components, such as transistors emit electronic noise due to high frequency switching. On the other hand, I agree, a bit less image noise will be very welcomed. Cheers.

    • Goc says:

      I think they’ve done a bit on work on the interface with Anna, finally removed double tap an tweaked a few other things.

  3. Paul Grenfell says:

    Surprised this has taken so long. There are mods thar already do this..

    • Antonio says:

      But these mods are awful, and the camera can’t go back to “far focus” after going to close focus. They’re very bad.

      That’s why you need Anna code: because it will probably have the optimized auto-focus code that will be enabled with the new patch.

      I love to hear that!

  4. stylinred says:

    i wonder if that motor/sound issue of the CAF is taken care of in Damiens version

  5. deep space bar says:

    what about the UI change we need that as well

    • Jay Montano says:

      for camera or in general?

    • Paul Grenfell says:

      pretty sure that was part of the development ..

    • Cocco Bill says:

      That camera UI should be the first thing to be updated. It’s far more important than 30 fps or autofocus. I can live without them but the camera UI is quite bad and unnecessarily slows down operating the camera.

      • A-S-D says:

        There’s an app with a different camera UI which isn’t great, IMHO, but it allows easy access to change the settings and takes close to RAW pictures. If I can find it, I’ll tell you.

  6. Cod3rror says:

    Oh Yea! Are you ready for another “coming soon” Nokia fans?

    Ready, Set, Start waiting!…

    • Cocco Bill says:

      Don’t feed this troll. Let this be the only “reply” to her (him). In fact Cod3rror’s post should be deleted by default. They offer nothing and are always pure trolling.

      • loudi says:

        Excepts he’s totally right… As a former Nokia then Symbian fan (3310, 6230, 6680, N95, N96, 5800), I’m really exhausted to wait such littles changes taking so much time… The time Nokia’s spent on Anna (a new browser & a new freakin keyboard), other OS have done so much more (Consider iOS 5, Android 3)

        • Tiv says:

          How many iOS 5 users are there?
          oh thats right it hasn’t been released yet and how long since 4.0 a year now and iOS 5 is probably not going to be released until september-october.
          So 15-16 months, the N8 has been around 7.5 months.

          Android 3.0 is for tablets only and isn’t going to be released for phones.

          9.2% of all android users are using 2.3.x
          0.6% are using 3.x.x

      • jonnyjl says:

        It ain’t trolling when it is true.

  7. art_vaider says:

    Seriously they talk about it then we already got awesome ‘camera pro ‘ app which enables caf and 30 fps recording :))
    Many many usefull features , recomend it to all you guys !

    • Antonio says:

      To be very honest with you, I don’t care about apps or mods that do some kind of functionality if they are using code that is not optimized. I would rather have things like that done by Nokia themselves, because they BUILT the phone and know exactly everything about it, so they will know how to implement it best.

      I know camera pro is nice, but for something like this, specially when it comes to the most anticipated feature of the phone (N8 – Camera), I would rather have something official.

      You may not know it, but there are mods that implement 30fps recording and auto-focus for the default camera app. And it’s very simple: just press “install” and choose “30FPS recording” then “autofocus”. Reboot the phone and you’re done. But again, this mod enables already built-in functionality, with code that was not optimized and then left out of the final product. Which is the same code that camera pro uses.

      So, while I’m already using the 30fps mod, I’ll wait for the auto-focus final code before using it.

      • art_vaider says:

        I don’t see any bugs in final version of camera pro. it works fine just like native camera app. Use it for macro mode video recording , results are fantastic !

  8. XtiaN8 says:

    This would be a perfect update for my N8 :D !

  9. Pino says:

    Video Capture:
    30Fps video capture aren’t better than 25Fps!.
    The most beautiful cinema motion images are filming at 24Fps!, just for special effects filmmakers go beyond 24/30 Fps. (let say: 50, 60, 100, 120 Fps and more).
    Generally speaking :30 Fps(29.97) video capture is close to NTSC TV System, 25Fps video capture, is PAL-B TV System…
    There are tree World analogical TV systems (NTSC, PAL-B and SECAM).
    Nokia 720p, 25 Fps video capture is less demanding processor / power than 30 Fps!.

  10. Luigi says:

    Finally!!! an official statement from the camera guru! eagerly awaiting for this update and for anna…

  11. vinay says:

    When is it comming????????????????

  12. fuel says:

    nice update.. its nice to hear updates…

  13. vlgr says:

    Are they doing anything on the picture (not video) quality side ? That would be nice as well

  14. yunan says:

    what about the UI change’d
    i need more clue
    haha

  15. Damian Dinning says:

    Hi all,

    Just want to say, reading your comments, thanks.

    As soon as this update is available I’ll be posting full details and background behind why we’re implementing some things the way we are so you can get the most out of the changes/improvements we’re bringing.

    It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to promise any specific date at this time, but would like to assure you that we want you to have this update as quickly as we can get it to you. Your continued patience is appreciated.

    atb

  16. gncd says:

    Hi, Well I’m using Anna and must say that there are no fps options available for the video. But maybe it’s 30 by default. ;)

    They have just done it more easier to use, no more un nessesary tapping when choosing stuff on the camera.

    Best camera tweak is that you can choose you default camera profile, you own, sport,automatic etc…

    Oh and it doesn’t crash so much anymore. :)

    UI is same looking.

    N8 92_201116_hw79 PRD

  17. taliyen says:

    just Symbian …

  18. Doug says:

    As long as continuous autofocus isn’t enabled all the time and there’s an option to turn it on/off, I’m cool with it.

  19. Kharan says:

    Will it finally have Share Online? Feels really gimped not having it on such a great camera phone.

  20. Jay Montano says:

    Interesting link from TMO on whether the eye actually can detect things above 25FPS.

    http://www.boallen.com/fps-compare.html

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