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Shooting street style at Milan Fashion Week with Nima Benati and Lumia 950

Nima Benati, is a 23-year-old fashion photographer, and despite her young age, she is already making waves in the fashion industry. After working for several famous brands and magazines, she recently decided to undertake a new challenge: portray the street style at Milan Fashion Week with her Lumia 950.

Image from Nima Benati's fashion shoot in Milan. Shot with Lumia 950.

When Nima was a child, she used to browse through fashion magazines, dreaming of being part of the fashion world one day.

Once Nima turned 16, she got a professional camera and started to arrange amateur photoshoots. She took care of everything: the makeup, hairstyle and styling. In just a few years, Nima found herself working for many Italian fashion brands, and conquering the covers of some the top magazines in the industry, becoming a true style icon.

Nima is constantly trying to amaze her fans. She was inspired by the fact that on social media many people mistake the pictures she’s taken with a professional camera to the ones taken backstage with a smartphone.

She thought it would be interesting to see if she could do the whole photoshoot with her Lumia 950 that Microsoft gifted to her. Would anyone spot the difference? She decided to use the Milan Fashion Week as the location for her Lumia smartphone shoot, capturing street style.

For a photographer, talent isn’t everything. A great shot requires powerful equipment, capable of capturing exactly what the artist has in mind.

Nima immediately appreciated the quality of Lumia 950 camera, loving the possibility to manually adjust the camera settings, just like with her professional camera. This allowed her to make great pictures even though the sky was very cloudy.

Nima, who is constantly working on the go, was also surprised how Continuum together with the Microsoft Display Dock, enables her to use the Lumia 950 almost like a PC. This is very useful for her, as many times she finds herself in a hotel room around the world without a PC. Nima has also been able to test the new Surface Pro 4, discovering a new way of reviewing and editing her shots while on the go.

We are truly inspired by Nima’s story and that she is constantly pushing her limits to #DoGreatThings. And the images are stunning too, don’t you agree? Let us know on Twitter.

Read more about the camera magic on the Lumia 950 on our interview with Juha Alakarhu here.

Weekend Reading: Microsoft devices news and stories you may have missed (March 4)

National Geographic photographer captures the Northern Lights with Lumia 950, Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is available for pre-order, Sway adds support for Living Images and integrates with Windows 10 Photos app – here are our pick for this week’s Weekend Reading:

Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is now open for pre-order

This week marks an important step on our journey to a holographic future as we made the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition available for pre-order before it starts shipping on March 30. Read more about this monumental step and learn more about Microsoft HoloLens on Alex Kipman’s blog post here.

We also introduced the first ever holographic app experiences to demonstrate what Microsoft HoloLens can do, inspiring developers do great things with the device. Check out Kudo Tsunoda’s blog post to find out more.


Also this week astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after spending almost a year in space. A week before his triumphant return, we shared early pictures of him using Microsoft HoloLens at the International Space Station. If you missed the story last week,  you can read it here.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez captures the Northern Lights with Lumia 950

After photographing the Grand Canyon, Rio De Janeiro, Mt Everest, Victoria Falls, Paricutin volcano and the Great Barrier Reef, National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez completes his assignment to shoot the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Lumia by heading to north to capture the Aurora with Lumia 950.

Read all about Stephen’s journey to the Arctic Circle here, and replay his amazing adventures to some of the most amazing locations on Earth on the Lumia x Nat Geo Instagram account here.

Stephen Alvarez capturing the shadow, light, and water that create dramatic reflections and silhouettes along the Synnov Nordvegen Road near Tromso, Norway.

Sway announces new integration with the Photos app on Windows 10

Sway is a new digital storytelling app from Office that allows you to create and share interactive stories with your friends, colleagues and family. With the latest update (released earlier this week), Sway now supports Living Images and integration with the Photos app on Windows 10, making it super easy and fast to use photos and videos on your Windows devices.

Read more about the update at the Office blog, and start telling your story with Sway!

Sway updates

New ads celebrate how Windows 10 devices do more

Meet Kristie and Jess, The Bug Chicks, who are using Windows 10 devices to teach kids about the incredible world of bugs.

Microsoft x Nat Geo: Shooting the aurora with Lumia 950

Two and a half years ago I was asked to shoot the Seven Natural Wonders of the World using Lumia smartphones. And so I did.

Stephen Alvarez capturing the shadow, light, and water that create dramatic reflections and silhouettes along the Synnov Nordvegen Road near Tromso, Norway.

Stephen Alvarez capturing the shadow, light, and water that create dramatic reflections and silhouettes along the Synnov Nordvegen Road near Tromso, Norway.

Ok, really I was asked to shoot six of them, as I had already photographed the Grand Canyon with the Lumia 1020 while exploring the American West.

The Seven Wonders was a great assignment. And a challenging one, too. I was to make National Geographic quality images using only Lumia smartphones.

I went through the list of the remaining natural wonders and made mental notes of the demands I faced with each location.

Rio de Janeiro: heat and humidity

Mount Everest: high altitude and cold

Victoria Falls: dangerous animals

Paricutin volcano in Mexico: dust and dirt

Great Barrier Reef: underwater

With my 20 years of experience shooting for National Geographic Magazine, all those issues were manageable. But the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, had challenges that initially I wasn’t certain I could face.

The Northern Lights are the only Natural Wonder that are not a place – they are phenomena. Their appearance relies on the interaction of charged particles given off by storms on the sun hitting the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field. The sun storms are intermittent, unpredictable, and so are the Northern Lights. Coupled with the lights unpredictability is the extreme cold and bad weather of the far north.

When they do happen, the lights can be spectacular but they are not very bright. Smartphone’s weak point has always been shooting in low light. Therefore, I did the logical thing in arranging the assignments and put the aurora shoot off to the end!

A Lumia 950 smartphone shoots time lapse images of rosy light flooding the sky over Tromso, Norway.

A Lumia 950 smartphone shoots time lapse images of rosy light flooding the sky over Tromso, Norway.

This wasn’t just procrastination. As Microsoft’s Devices Ambassador, I knew Microsoft’s camera phone technology was advancing at a fantastic pace. Once I got the Lumia 950 in my hands, I was pretty sure it was capable of capturing a natural phenomenon that happens only at night.

On this assignment, I chose to work above the Arctic Circle, in Northern Finland and Northern Norway. The idea was to see different landscapes and people in the land of the aurora while waiting for the right combination of weather and light display.

National Geographic photographers Stephen Alvarez and John Burcham in bitter cold Finland.

National Geographic photographers Stephen Alvarez and John Burcham in bitter cold Finland.

It was bitter cold shooting in Finland. Temperatures hovered around 35 degrees Celsius below zero! Days up there in January are short, 2-4 hours of daylight so we had lots of night to see the aurora if it would appear.

At night, my friends and I would walk through the snow-covered dreamscape of the Finnish winter. Eyes glued to the sky. We’d look at clouds and ask “do you think that is the aurora?” Then one night when it was 40 below there were no longer questions! There were curtains of light from horizon to horizon.

I was shooting with the Lumia 950 on a tripod and turned the ISO to between 100-400, the exposure to four seconds and then fired away. The tripod was so cold that touching it burned my fingers.

I made pictures while great ribbons of green orange and white light crisscrossed the sky. They looked like dragons flying above us. I could not believe what I was seeing both above me and on the screen.

Low light, the last barrier to smartphone photography, has fallen way. I was shooting the Aurora Borealis on a smartphone!

– Stephen Alvarez

Be productive like a boss: Get a 1-year Office 365 Personal subscription with Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

If you’ve recently purchased a new Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL or if you purchase one soon, claim your one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.

A man holding a Lumia 950.

The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are the most powerful phones we’ve ever created, designed to work like your PC with innovative features such as Continuum and Cortana.

To help you be even more productive, for a limited time in select markets*, you can fully realize the power of Windows 10 with a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal included (MSRP: $69.99 USD) with purchase of a new Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL.

In addition to getting the most from your phone, the subscription also includes access to the latest Office apps on an additional PC/Mac and tablet so you can create, edit and save all your documents with ease across devices.

With favorite Office apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and access to 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are the most productive Windows-based smartphones on the planet. Windows 10 scales apps for your mobile screen and bigger screen with Continuum and the Microsoft Display Dock accessory, giving you a consistent experience however you work.

We were thrilled with the response last year when Lumia 640 and 640 XL owners received a 1-year Office 365 subscription, and could not wait to offer a similar deal for our best phones yet.

A screenshot of Lumia Offers app.

Here’s how it works – Open the Lumia Offers app on your qualifying Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL or download it from the Windows Store. Choose ‘1-year Office 365’ from the ‘available offers’ list. Enter your email and tap ‘continue’ for instructions to claim your subscription. From there, enjoy access to your favorite Office apps and 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, valid for one year.

For complete details, including terms and conditions, go here.

Are you ready to be productive like a boss? Let us know on Twitter.

* Offer available in U.S., UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Microsoft x Nat Geo: Tackling the largest natural wonder with least equipment ever

Lumia, Surface, Microsoft Band, and other Microsoft products empowered National Geographic photographer and Microsoft Devices Ambassador Stephen Alvarez to document the largest Natural Wonder of the World.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez browsing through photos on his Surface Pro 3.

When photographing the Great Barrier Reef—a natural wonder roughly the size of Italy and so large that it can be seen from space—preparation is key.

For National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, who undertook this challenge as part of his assignment to capture the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Lumia, planning began by putting Microsoft’s family of devices and services into good use.

Getting started

“The preparation for any assignment is huge, and this prep was gargantuan,” Stephen told us.

He began by researching the Great Barrier Reef using Microsoft Edge and Bing on his Surface Pro 3. He also did an image search via Bing for reference points on which locales to visit, inking his comments directly to the web page and sharing them with the rest of the team on OneNote.

Bing Map on Great Barrier Reef with inking using Microsoft Edge.

Stephen then found an Australian local who would act as his “fixer,” someone who helps arrange access to different locales and acts as a guide. Despite the many miles and time zones that separated them, they put together a schedule online in Microsoft Word in Office 2016.

“The co-authoring feature [in Office 2016] was amazingly important and helpful,” noted Stephen. It allowed him and his fixer to collaborate and chat in real time as they finalized the shooting schedule.

On to Australia

While most professional photographers would lug multiple bags of heavy camera equipment for on an assignment of this size and scope, Stephen’s load was refreshingly light.

Stephen traveled with a Microsoft Lumia 950, Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, Surface Pro 3, new Surface Type Cover, new Surface Pen, and Microsoft Band 2.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez taking a picture with Lumia 950 XL.

“Traveling with so little equipment is wonderful,” Stephen said. “Not having 10 cases of equipment was a big deal. It was liberating to be able to work so light.”

On his 10-day shoot of the Great Barrier Reef, Stephen regularly worked 16-hour days—or longer.

A typical day would start with the Microsoft Band waking him up. He also used the Band to receive notifications and track his hikes on the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez using Micosoft Band 2.

After mapping out that day’s schedule on his Surface, Stephen would travel an hour or more by car, boat, or helicopter to a shooting location, take hundreds of photos with his Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and then move on to the next location and do it all over again.

“The Lumia 950 is one of the best cameras Microsoft has ever produced. The algorithms are so sophisticated they create fantastic images. And the camera interface is one of the best I’ve ever seen—not just for a phone, but for any camera.”

By the time he reached his camp at the end of the day, he would’ve taken around 1,000 photos. That’s a total of 10,000 photos for a 10-day shoot!

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez taking an aerial picture of the Great Barrier Reef.

“A good photographer will take a lot of photos and show only the best,” Stephen advised. Out of the 10,000 or so photos he took during the assignment, he would then select the 35 best ones.

Back at the camp, Stephen copied the photos from his Lumias’ 64GB SD cards (the devices support up to 200 Gb memory cards) to his Surface for processing. He used Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit his photos, adding metadata and captions where necessary.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez editing photos on his Surface Pro 3.

A self-described OneNote addict, Stephen usually ended each day journaling about his experiences.

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez's travel journal entry on OneNote.

“I journal constantly in OneNote,” Stephen told us. “I use it like I used to use a Moleskin notebook. What I’ll do is post a photo in OneNote and then write about it.”

National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez inking his travel journal on OneNote.

To read Stephen Alvarez’s tips for underwater photography using a Lumia, go here. And visit National Geographic’s website to learn more about his assignment to document the Great Barrier Reef.

Next, Stephen will be chasing the northern lights in cold and dark Scandinavia. Follow his arctic adventure on the Lumia x Nat Geo Instagram channel!

How to get started with your Windows 10 Lumia

You’ve bought a new Windows 10-powered Lumia 550, Lumia 950, or Lumia 950 XL, but now what? Here’s everything you need to know to get started.

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Sign in using your Microsoft account

Microsoft account sign in message

When you first set up your new Lumia with Windows 10, sign into your Microsoft account.

Doing so gives you immediate access to your Outlook email and apps and games from the Windows Store. You’ll also be able to see settings and files from multiple Windows 10 devices, and cloud-based contact details (friends, family, work contacts, etc.) you have stored will be synced and waiting for you in the People app.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, you’re given the option to create one.
The best way to connect to make all the happen is to …

Connect to a Wi-Fi network

Network and Wireless settings

Connect to a Wi-Fi network to save the cost of downloading information over your data plan. When asked if you want to connect to Wi-Fi during setup, select “yes” and input your login details.

After set-up, some pre-installed apps may require updating and should do so automatically. However, you can manually check by following these steps:

Store > Menu > Downloads and updates > check for updates.


Cortana, your digital personal assistant on your Lumia, can give you the local weather, remind you to pick up groceries the next time you’re near a grocery store, update you on live traffic information for your commute, tell you a joke, and much more.

Head to the Cortana tile on the Start screen to set it up.

Personalize your Start screen

Changing the accent color of your Lumia

With Windows 10, you can change the background of your Start screen to your favorite photo, change the color theme to match your mood, and include an extra column of tiles (if using medium size tiles).

More tiles mean you can fit more of the important apps or games on your Start screen.

You’ll find all the options here: Settings > Personalization > Start

Glance screen

“Glance screen” displays the time and date and other notifications such as email, messages, and missed calls on your phone’s idle screen.

No need to press the lock key here; just pick up your phone and you’ll see everything that’s important to you at a glance.

Want an additional background image on your Glance screen? You can do that in either color or black and white. Glance screen can be found here:

Settings > Extras > Glance screen

Explore the Windows Store

Windows Store home

The Windows Store is your one-stop shop for digital content that work on your Windows 10-powered Lumia, PC, or tablet:

Apps such as Skype, Microsoft Health, and WhatsApp.

Games such as Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Candy Crush Soda Saga, and Plague Inc..

Music such as Adele – 25, the Beatles and  Justin Bieber – Purpose.

Movies & TV such as Ant-Man, The Walking Dead, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

Pin email accounts to your Start screen

The Outlook Mail app on your new Lumia isn’t just for Outlook accounts; you can also add other email accounts such as Gmail and iCloud. In addition, you can pin those accounts to your Start screen so you won’t miss messages from your friends, family or work colleagues.

Within the Outlook mail app, select the menu bar at top left of the screen. Tap and hold on the different accounts, or folders, and select “Pin to Start.”

Battery saver mode

Battery Saver settings

While the Lumia 550, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL already have long-lasting batteries–the latter two can also charge super-fast thanks to USB-C charging ports–you can squeeze even more performance out of your Lumia by using the battery saver feature.

That feature extends your phone’s battery life by limiting background activity and pushing notifications when the battery power reaches a certain level.

Need 24/7 access to several apps when you’re low on battery? No worries: You can nominate specific apps to run when battery saver is switched on. Find the battery saver settings here:

Settings > System > Battery saver

Take photos like a pro

The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL come equipped with top-notch imaging hardware and software and the latest iteration of the camera app, Windows Camera.

Besides a user-interface update, the latest imaging hardware and software improvements help you take vivid natural photos and include slow-motion effects: Find out more on that here.

In fact, the cameras are so good that National Geographic photographer and Microsoft Devices Ambassador, Stephen Alvarez, recently captured the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef using the Lumia 950.

For a closer look at what you can do with your new Windows 10-powered Lumia, the online Windows 10 emulator walks you through many of the phone’s settings and features, step by step.

Have you recently purchased a Lumia 550, Lumia 950, or Lumia 950 XL? Let us know how you’re enjoying it over on Twitter.

Celebrating Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL sales starts around the globe

On November 20, we started the rollout of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and over the next couple of weeks, we celebrated with Windows Insiders – people helping to shape Windows 10 with us – in nine countries and 12 cities taking us from China to New York City.

This duo of Windows 10 phones – the most productive smartphones on the planet – created a buzz around the globe. Here’s a smattering of the social conversation on the availability of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL:

If you already have one of these new smartphones–which come pre-loaded with Windows 10, world-class imaging with ZEISS optics and a 20-megapixel camera, Windows Hello Beta, and more–take part in our #LumiaTrials Challenge series on Twitter.

Through January 1, @LumiaUS will post nine challenges for select social influencers and anyone (such as you!) who would like to participate. The challenges include showing how you’ve personalized your Start screen; telling how Cortana helps you; and sharing your favorite photo-worthy moments.

And if you don’t have a Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL yet, follow the social conversation to jumpstart your knowledge and know-how of these Windows 10 devices.

#LumiaTrials graphic for social campaign

Both phones are available through the Microsoft Store and from network carriers (availability is dependent on country).

Weekend Reading: Microsoft devices news and stories you may have missed

Kid President upgrades the world, Surface survives NFL player’s tantrum and new Lumia imaging features make your photos shine—here are our picks for Weekend Reading.

Microsoft Surface lifestyle image on blanket

Everything you need to know about Living Images, Rich Capture, and more on your Lumia

 In case you missed it, we featured the new and improved imaging features in the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, allowing you to take great photos every time. Check out how Living Images, Rich Capture, and slow-motion video capture have made these new flagship smartphones must-have devices for shutterbugs.

How to get the most out of your Surface device

This week, we posted a weeklong series of how-to articles devoted to Surface. Be sure to read how to detach your keyboard from Surface Book, how to pair your Surface Pen with Surface, how to connect Surface to an external display, how to set up Windows Hello, and how to use the new Surface Pen.

Kid President’s tips for making the world a better place

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if adults had the creativity and compassion of kids? In a post on the Windows Experience Blog, Kid President Chief of Staff Brad Montague shares a short list from Kid President (his younger brother-in-law Robby) of simple ways we can spread joy to others.

See how else Kid President would upgrade the world in this video.

NFL’s Johnny Manziel endorses Microsoft’s Surface like no one else

CNET reports that a Surface tablet survived a torturous encounter with the skull of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. During last Sunday’s NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers, Manziel took out his frustration by bashing the Surface on his skull—repeatedly.

Winner: Surface.

Which Microsoft device is right for you?

Always on the go and need to be organized and productive—no matter where you are? Is getting healthier one of your main goals in 2016? Perhaps you’re all about gaming! No matter your focus, take our holiday Instagram quiz to find out the best Microsoft device for you.

If you’re like us, you like to take fun, online quizzes to learn more about yourself. So here’s one just in time for the holidays to figure out what Microsoft device best suits your life and work style.

You’ll be asked several questions. For instance, do your friends consider you a social butterfly, an adventurer, or a go-to DJ? Also, how do you spend your “tech” time?

Choose the corresponding photos that best fit you and you’ll be matched with the right Microsoft device for you.

Windows matchmaker Instagram page

If you’re a jetsetter or a road warrior, the Microsoft Lumia 950 gives you a powerful and fully mobile productivity experience with Windows 10 and the Office suite of apps. The smartphone features the latest generation hexa-core processor; a large capacity battery and wireless charging. You can also use it like a PC by connecting it to a bigger screen, keyboard and mouse with the optional Microsoft Display Dock accessory, helping you to get stuff done anywhere and anytime.

Need versatility when it comes to your tech? The new Surface Pro 4 is a tablet that can replace your laptop. Use the Type Cover keyboard to power through text documents and draw and take notes with the Surface Pen.

If you need the ultimate in performance, the sleek Surface Book is the ultimate laptop. Of course, you can run the full Office suite on its 13.5-inch screen with PixelSense™ display. But you can also do professional-grade photo and video editing on the Surface Book as well as write directly on webpages with Surface Pen in Microsoft Edge and share them easily with your colleagues.

If gaming is your middle name, the new Xbox One gives you an extraordinary lineup of Xbox One-exclusive titles, a huge variety of Xbox One bundles to choose from, the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and a number of new features. Play blockbuster games such as Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider and connect with your friends on Xbox Live no matter if they’re also on Xbox One or on a Windows 10 PC, tablet or phone. You can also easily switch back and forth between games, live TV, and tons of video streaming and entertainment apps, including Skype.

Is 2016 the year you’ll live healthier, exercise more, and maybe even cross off “run a marathon” from your bucket list? The new Microsoft Band can help you do all of that and more. The ergonomic smart band doesn’t just track your heart rate, calorie burn and give you insightful exercise data. The Band also monitors your sleep quality and notifies you of email, text and calendar alerts—right on your wrist.

Once you’ve done the quiz and selected the best Microsoft device for you, please share your device of choice on Twitter with @Windows. We’d love to see what you picked!

Everything you need to know about Living Images, Rich Capture, and more on your Lumia

The already-powerful Lumia imaging tools such as Living Images and Rich Capture in the Windows 10-enabled Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL have been improved to give you the best photos ever.


The Lumia family smartphones has always been notable for its imaging prowess.

Zeiss optics, advanced optical image stabilization, and highly tuned and accurate software and hardware controls, to name just a few features, have made Lumia phones a go-to device for shutterbugs everywhere.

With new and improved imaging features it’s easier for you not just to capture the best photos and videos possible—but to better share them with friends and family.

We spoke with Karl Wittenmark, director of software program management within the photography group at Microsoft, who walked us through some of the Camera and imaging improvements that appear in the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

Living Images: easier sharing, better quality, automatic movement detection

Pioneered by Lumia, living images are magical photos that extend the image with a bit of video. So if you snap a photo of your child waving his arms, you’ll see a snippet of that movement in the resulting Living Image.

What’s new with Windows 10 is that you can now share these living images between one Windows 10-enabled device and another. You can share via email, Bluetooth, and even NFC. If you send a Living Image to a friend who has Surface device or PC with Windows 10, he or she will now see a photo with movement.

This new sharing function is made possible because content is now encapsulated into one JPEG file, not two, said Karl.

“Before, the image and video were in separate files. Now, the living image content is self-contained,” he said. “It’s much easier to consume and share.”

You can also share a living image to a non-Windows device—just select whether you’d like to share it as a still image or as a video. And if you want to share a living image on Facebook, you can also do that: Choose “Share as video” in Photos and all of your Facebook friends can see these “moving pictures.”

What’s also cool is that the video portion of these photos has been extended from 0.6 second to one full second so you can see even more of a moment captured in time.

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But what if you take an image of a stationery object, such as close-up of a flower, or notes on a whiteboard? The camera now automatically detects if there is motion in the scene. For scenes with motion, living images plays and adds emotional value to your pictures. Your whiteboard pictures are still shown as regular static pictures.

Perfect pictures without being a pro

With the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, everyone can capture perfect pictures. That’s because the camera automatically optimizes the settings for every user and scene– from stunning static landscapes to sports scenes without motion blur.

Rich Capture, which includes High Dynamic Range and Dynamic Flash to produce beautiful pictures, “is now more intelligent and automatic,” said Karl.

It includes the unique ability to adjust the amount of flash even weeks after the picture was taken. This together with our new triple LED natural flash that adjusts color to the scene means you can capture the best and most natural flash pictures ever.


We have especially focused our energy to help you get great results when snapping people and things in everyday situations. When Rich Capture is enabled, you’ll notice that you get super-sharp pictures even indoors—helpful when you’re trying to take photos of energetic kids in motion, for example.


The new automatic Rich Capture applies HDR only for the most challenging scenes. And when HDR is enabled, you can adjust the amount to your personal preference.


Slow-motion video

There may be times when you want to slow down a part of video you’ve recorded to better see the action on the screen. For example, maybe you want to slow down footage of a skier zooming down a mountain or a gymnast as she leaps and somersaults.

With the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, we introduced slow-motion video capture with up to 120 fps in 720p resolution.

Edit your slow motion videos directly from the Photos application.


Trim your videos and select which parts that should play back in slow motion and which parts should play back in normal speed. Select super-slow for those special moments and freeze a moment in time with 32 times slow motion effect!

“Try it out. It’s a really powerful and fun,” Karl said.


Switch on the slow-motion toggle (look for the turtle!) in the camera application to apply the slow-motion effect when capturing videos.

If you have the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL, have you experimented with these improved imaging features? Let us know on Twitter via @Lumia.