Nokia brings back its Pro Camera mode from the dead for its Android phones

By | 28th February 2018

  • HMD Global announced the return of the Nokia Pro Camera mode for current Nokia phones with Zeiss optics.
  • These include the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco, and Nokia 8.
  • HMD Global did not say when the current Camera app would be updated with the revived mode.


As forgettable as Nokia‘s Windows Phone days were, they introduced several smartphones whose cameras were more capable than anything else on the market. That was partially thanks to the Nokia Pro Camera mode, which introduced pro-level manual controls and was  thought dead after Nokia’s unceremonious exit from the Windows Phone market.

That will soon change, however, as HMD Global announced the return of the Nokia Pro Camera mode for its top-tier Android smartphones.

HMD Global chief product officer Juho Sarvikas announced the revival during MWC 2018 and said every Nokia phone with Zeiss optics would get the feature. These devices include the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco, though Sarvikas confirmed on Twitter that the Nokia 8 would also be supported.

The current Nokia Pro Camera mode appears similar to its previous incarnation. You still have a radial menu that lets you manually adjust the white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. You see the results on the screen as you make your adjustments to make sure you get the shot you want.

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Slightly different is the Nokia Pro Camera mode’s appearance. Whereas the previous incarnation featured dark navy menus on the top and bottom, the new version features a black background on the bottom only. The new version also sports new icons and improved icon placement, such as a more prominent camera switch.

HMD Global did not say when the Nokia Pro Camera mode would be available. The existing Camera app would presumably be updated when the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco become available, so we will keep an eye out for when that happens.

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