Starting this week we have just about ten more weeks until the big BlackBerry 10 event at the end of January. What better way to celebrate the countdown than throw out one of the features we're most looking forward too each week? While there are waaayy more than ten features we're excited about, we do have a short list of big ones that get us the most ramped up.
This week we'll start with a simple one that should have most BlackBerry users pretty excited -- the camera. Historically BlackBerry cameras haven't been the greatest. The most recent flop was the EDOF camera on the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930. This little guy was pretty crappy overall when trying to grab a good shot (more so close up than far away). Thankfully the days of bad BlackBerry cameras are over with BlackBerry 10.
The camera on the first BlackBerry 10 devices is a vast improvement over what we've seen in the past. The rear camera will be an 8MP auto-focus camera that's sporting 1080p video recording at 30fps (with a front-facing 2MP camera). This is a huge leap from the 5MP EDOF camera on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and shouldn't keep any BlackBerry user from grabbing a great photo. From what we've seen on the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha so far, the camera takes some awesome photos - but it doesn't stop there.
BlackBerry 10 will also feature the new Time Shift camera. This was one of the first things we saw unveiled for BlackBerry 10 and we've been in love all the way. Basically, Time Shift captures a few seconds on either side of your actual photo giving you the ability to roll forward or back to get just the right moment. It even recognizes faces so you can tweak each one individually for that perfect shot.
After taking a photo, a thumbnail will drop to the bottom bar within the camera app. If you want to preview the photo, you simply drag up the thumbnail to full size but you never actually leave the camera. Pull it back down and you're ready to snap another.
Add that to the sweet BlackBerry 10 photo editing options and you have one of the most anticipated features of BlackBerry 10.