Photosynth finally arrives for Windows Phone 8 users. Hurray!

Finally my favorite Panorama app arrives for Windows Phone 8. I’m a long time Photosynth user, way back when Windows Phone 7 didn’t even exist. In fact most non-iDevice users may not know that Photosynth from Microsoft was first released for the iPhone way before Windows Phone was even released. My complaint last year was that Microsoft was dragging their feet while getting Photosynth for Windows Phone 7 and this year that Photosynth was notably missing from the Windows Phone 8 yet again!

Finally Microsoft has announced that Photosynth is now officially available for WP8 users through the Windows Phone Store. For those of you who haven’t yet tried it or know about the app are advised to first go download it!

Capturing a scene using Photosynth

 The app allows you to create immersive panorama spheres which you can later explore by scrolling both sides and even up and down. It’s almost like being there. The best part is that it’s quite easy to capture the photo. All you need to do is to keep moving your camera around and up and down to capture the entire scene, while the app guides you and auto clicks the scene. Once you’ve captured the entire site, the app stitches up the entire scene allows you to preview it and save it to your phone. You can then share it from there with your friends through Facebook, Twitter and Email. To give you an idea of how the final image comes, here’s one I captured quite a while back with Photosynth.

Do keep in mind that Photosynth like most panorama captures work well when you’re not trying to capture very near by objects, but from a distance.

The Photosynth blog also mentions that the new features for Windows Phone 8 are:

  • Camera lens integration – Quickly capture and view panoramas by launching Photosynth directly from the built-in camera app
  • View shared panoramas – View panoramas shared with you via email, Facebook, or Twitter directly on your mobile device
  • More camera controls – Adjust for various lighting conditions by using new exposure and white balance locking options

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via: Photosynth Blog

Nokia C5 – Camera

The Nokia  C5 comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera along with a single LED flash, unfortunately there isn’t any auto focus, so you will struggle to get ant macro shots.Even with the LED flash the camera does suffer in low light conditions, So its best to stick to daylight shots which are more than 30cm away. The secondary camera can be used for for images as well as video.

The Primary camera has no lens cover, but is recessed so you won’t have to worry about scratches. The LED flash is a decent distance from the lens so there isn’t any  fear of the flash blurring the photographs.

The lack of a dedicated camera key is rather annoying ,especially since all the main camera functions are controlled by the same key that is used to capture images. But this is more a matter of getting used to that particular function.

Image Mode: The camera on the Nokia C5 is quite basic, you can choose between 3 different resolutions for images, (3M,2M and 0.3M).  The scene modes are your standard fare, with one customizable setting in which you can preset colour tone, white balance, flash and exposure.

One of the cooler features of the C5’s camera is the sequence mode, in which you have the standard multishot ability where you can keep taking shots in a sequence until the memory runs out. The feature of sequence mode is that you can configure the camera to take a shot every 10 seconds, or 30 seconds upto time increments of half an hour, perfect for  capturing sunsets or long drives. You’d have to figure out the image compilation after you transfer the pictures onto the computer, but nevertheless this definitely is a good addition to the list of functions the C5’s camera has.

I’ve just added a few shots i took under varying light conditions.

Daylight, Automatic mode
Daylight, Bright Light, Automatic mode
Indoor, Low light ,Flash
Indoor, Low light ,Flash
Outdoor , Low Light , No Flash
Outdoor , Low Light , No Flash
Low Light, Adjusted White balance
Low Light, Adjusted White balance


Panorama Mode: The panorama mode on the C5 is quite effective, Nokia seems to have upgraded the software. The mode is quite useful you, but you’ll have to keep a steady hand. Though i have to add trying to use this feature while on the move  renders it pretty much useless.

Panorama Horizontal
Panorama Vertical

One thing missing is the inability to adjust the image size or quality. Though honestly you won’t need to figure out how to use the panorama mode, the phone handles almost everything by itself.

Panorama Horizontal
Panorama Horizontal
Video Mode: The video Function on the C5 is pretty straight forward. The scene modes are limited to just Automatic and Night. For colour tones you have options of Normal, Sepia, Black & white ,Vivid and Negative, each comes with a preview option.The LED flash can be configure to be switched on permanently while a video is being shot. The setting for white balance can also be configured. There are 3 video quality sizes so the only thing limiting you is the size of your memory card.
All in all the C5 has a sufficient camera, The flash is a welcome addition for a phone of this price. The missing auto focus turns out to be quite a pain, but once again given the price it can be justified. The panorama mode works like a charm, as does the time lapse option.
Stay tuned for the final round up of the Nokia C5. Until then , follow us on Twitter we’re @myportableworld!

Paid apps for the N900 appear on Ovi Store


Yup! Ovi Store now has paid applications for the N900!! It’s not the first application you had to pay for – Documents To Go was there first. Hopefully this is just the beginning. As of now there are two paid applications and one paid game.

Morpho Quick PanoramaPro

The Morpho Quick PanoramaPro app is now available for € 3.00. Here’s what it lets you do:

“Morpho QuickPanorama Pro lets you take panorama photos easily with one-button capture, and now supports VGA, SVGA, and SXGA resolutions for larger panorama capture than the free trial version. You can also save directly to the N900 panoramic desktop. Also includes a special auto-exposure lighting control feature for the best quality results. For a limited time at this special introduction price, enjoy the new QuickPanorama Pro for easy-to-use high quality panorama photography on N900.”

You can get it here.

Diabetes Meal Planner App

The other application is the Diabetes Meal Planner App, which costs € 10.00:

“This software calculates the overall Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) for individual meals and for the entire day to help build a healthy diet for:
• diabetes
• weight loss
• sports performance

It also provides:
• carbohydrate
• calorie
• protein
• fat analysis
• future meal planning for food items by meal and day.
See www.glycemicdietsw.com for more info.”

You can download the application here.

Angry Birds Game – Level Pack 1

The Angry Birds Game now has a level one pack, which is available for € 2.00:

“Angry Birds – Level Pack 1 The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds ’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 42 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy. Protect wildlife, or play Angry Birds!”

You can download the game here.

We’re looking forward to more applications and games coming to the Ovi Store, and to the N900! Keep coming back for more news, reviews and updates. We’re on twitter – @myportableworld. Also visit our facebook page!