Get all your questions answered about our latest Photosynth Technical Preview.
WP8.1 on Lumia 1520 (20 MP sensor).
In a comment on one of my recent walk synths, which I cannot recall, David-Photosynth-Team suggested that I try this app to record for a walk. My feedback is not that positive. There are several timelapse apps in the store and I had a quick look at a handful. Timelapse Pro is the only one that I came across which supports sub 3 second lapse. However, the shoot to readiness time of the 1520 with highres seems more than a second. To have a look at the pics, I had to buy the full version that allows for saving to the Camera Roll and their own cloud based video creation. USD 2.99, which will be more on the final PayPall bill including taxes and conversion to EUR.
Then, easy to save with a choice of the name for the frames and a counter automatically added. Imported to desktop with Windows Live Photo Gallery. Timelapse Pro does deliver the full resolution 16:9 frames but compressed to around 2/3 MB file size compared to the 5 MB from Nokia Camera. One can see the quality difference. In one of the 8 frames the walls were 'swinging'. Of course I was moving the camera around while it was shooting. My conclusion is that the suggestion to just set off the app and start walking does not deliver the quality from the 1520's potential.
David, no offense meant. I hope the feedback helps the 'Photosynth Labs' to deliver an app way better than this one.
What I forget, but not unimportant is that the Timelapse Pro kept on crashing at different points. That is something that I really hate.
Here are the shots http://1drv.ms/1p7dwzG
Apart from the crashing, I experienced similar behavior. The sad truth is that with this generation of phone/OS combination, apps (Timelapse Pro, or a dedicated Photosynth app) do NOT have access to Nokia's wonderful software-based image processing pipeline. The image processing is done in hardware, at lower resolution, and still takes more time shot-to-shot than you would like.
A Photosynth app, running on that hardware/OS combo won't deliver better images than you were getting. That said, there are always new phones and new OS updates in the works so things will get better from here
@David-Photosynth-Team. From what I understand from other publications is indeed that Nokia has been monopolizing its image processing pipeline. The 1520 is still regarded a flagship phone on sale by Microsoft/Nokia. As Nokia is now Microsoft, I would expect that all Nokia technology is open to all of Microsoft since the takeover came into effect. If the team hasn't got access right now to this technology, then sure you will get it right away if you talk to Satya. This is what could be one of the unique selling propositions for Lumias