Actually Nokia Creative Studio v22.214.171.124, to be precise, so there's clearly been some testing going on before the big '6.0' was made public. This major update to Nokia's built-in image editing suite was teased a few months ago but is now reality. The timing was always aimed at coinciding with the release of the Lumia 930, now reviewed here, but never made it into the 930's firmware and so is left as a Store update for both the new device and existing compatible handsets. There's not even a requirement to have Windows Phone 8.1... Below I install and try the update on a Lumia 1020.
Also notable in the changelog is the first official mention of 'Lumia Camera', indicating that 'Nokia Camera' is about to get renamed.
Notable in the new release are both a streamlined workflow and support for the high resolution underlying images from Lumia Camera (sic). From the Store description:
Use a range of filters to give a professional finish to your photos and blur the background to add depth. You can also choose from a number of enhancements including brightness, color tone, vibrancy and clarity, or simply crop and rotate with the Reframe feature.
New in Nokia Creative Studio 6.0: - Redesigned for ease of use and flexibility - High resolution Reframe from Lumia Camera - Save a copy - New professional filters - Auto-fix your photos - Edit freely without losing your original photos
So we have 'Lumia Camera' but 'Nokia Creative Studio'? No doubt the latter will drop the 'N' word too, soon enough?
The new version is a complete rewrite, notably, and quite a few of the ancillary functions of the original, such as Colour Pop and Red-Eye, haven't made it (yet) into version 6.0. Still, the new interface is a joy to use - and play around with:
Functions are loosely divided into 'blur' (including tilt shift), enhance and filters, plus 'reframe' to give a chance to reframe from underlying sensor detail. Note also the 'save as copy', so you can play with different versions of an image without destroying the original.
Playing with 'vibrance', part of the 'enhance' set of things to adjust.... You can combine enhancements, of course.
Although 'Colour Pop' is on the menu, it doesn't work... yet! (right) 'Blur background' does work and effectively obviates the need for any of the many dedicated third party tools that work along the same lines....
Playing with the filters....
And using the built-in 'reframe' tool to get a new editable view from the 1020's underlying 34MP image....
An impressive update, with only a couple of things missing in action. No doubt there's more to come.