10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10: The Time Shift Camera

In our '10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10' series we'll explore one feature of BlackBerry 10 each week leading up to the launch event on January 30th. This week: The Time Shift Camera

BlackBerry 10 Camera
By Adam Zeis on 20 Nov 2012 12:39 pm EST

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.  

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Reader comments

10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10: The Time Shift Camera


This will be sooooo sweet especially on my PlayBook and editing on the fly.
Come on BB10. I feel like I should pull a rumplestiltskin and sleep until the release day!

I don't know what I would do with out my berries!

I love the Timeshift camera too. Showed it off again O2 store and they loved it!

Definitely a huge step forward for BlackBerry cameras.

I have a question... Can I keep the original picture after I save the changes?

You know, sometimes you want both that messed up image to prank friends with, and the perfect shot for your album.

If they are showing off cool stuff like this already to everyone, including the competition, I wonder what they will show off on the 30th. Should be pretty amazing.

I really hope the software gives the PlayBooks camera a boost. It takes great pics outside but inside is another story. Unless you have a lot of 100 watt lamps on lol


There's only so much you can do... the amount of light that can reach the camera sensor is physically limited by the camera module itself. In other words, software can't fix everything.

I completely understand the excitement about BB 10 and I definitely share it. I also look forward to this series of awesome features, being... well... featured every week now. But please! Do not talk too negative about existing BlackBerry phones. The camera on the Bold, while not perfect, is certainly NOT crappy overall. Sorry, but I can't agree with all the negativity about an existing product whenever a new one is coming up. Such behavior can be seen all over the interwebs. Please don't join in on crackberry.com!

This series is a great idea so that I'll be ready to hit the ground running when BB10 is released.

Time shift camera hmm sounds verii koool cnt wait to hv mii hands on BB10 alreadii..bt on the flipside hw is video recordin on ths new camera
BerryInfinity---BB10 is the future

I'm sort of disapointed at the front facing camera only being 2mp. The dev alpha A had 3mp I believe. I for one would have been willing to pay a little more for the phone to have this better camera on the front. The 8mp for the rear is proper.

Ok I have sulking for a while now!

Since the delay of BB10 I have been lost for words but with 10 weeks to go I can my inner BB stirring!

What have I been doing since my upset well I bought an Iphone 5 at 9am on release day just to piss off all the plebs "who wanted one so badly" I used it over the weekend and sold it on the Monday for 200 pounds more than I paid for it.
Thought that was easy so I did twice more made 600 pounds from fools who know better!

Little did they know that they were paying for my new BB10 which by the way is the only usful feature of the Iphone 5 but you try telling them all! They wont believe you they wont!
So thanks to Apple Junkies I am sitting here with the money for my new BB10 in white of course!
So please show some pics in white please Kev,thx in advance!

I made an extra $1,800USD (equivalent to 1130 pounds) selling 3 iPhone 5's, plus I am currently using an iPhone 5 that I will sell to pay for my BB10 device. Just wish we could see the N-Series and then a comparison so I can make a decision on which one to get.

The one thing that always tempted me to go iPhone was the camera; this could be IT!! I use the camera all the time to document problems and forward them to my tier 3 tech support; now they will be really able to see the problem.