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Microsoft has moved its latest Camera app update to the Slow Ring of the Windows Insider Program. This Windows 10 Mobile release is build 1018.11 and was launched just three days ago on the Fast Ring.

It is worth giving Microsoft a pat on the back for racing through the releases so quickly. We guess this build will make its way to Production Release soon.

Until now, Slow Ring Insiders for Windows 10 Mobile have been running Camera app build 816.91. As we mentioned a couple of days ago, this update comes with a number of changes. Below is the changelog directly from Microsoft:

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  • Enjoy taking photos, videos, and panoramas with our higher-contrast capture buttons.
  • Set a photo timer right from the camera dashboard with our new toggle control.
  • Get to Settings faster! Now, launch into Settings directly from the camera UI.
  • Access your camera roll with one hand from its new spot on the screen.
  • Zoom more easily with the new zoom slider.
  • Make sure you nailed the shot, with a more noticeable capture animation.
  • Change between front- and rear-facing cameras with a more prominent button control.
  • On PC, use the spacebar as a shortcut to take pictures

Interestingly, we are hearing conflicting reports about these features. We tested them on a Lumia 950 XL and get the feature list you see above. However, some are telling us that legacy devices are not getting this complete changelog. If you are on an upgraded Windows Phone handset, let us know what changelog you are seeing.

The next roll out for cumulative updates for Windows 10 Mobile will land November 1 or November 8. We would be willing to bet that Camera app build 1018.11 will land on one of those dates.

UI Changes

Three days ago, my colleague Ryan Maskell walked us through some of the new changes in this release:

“First off, icon style is much more solid than before. A white background makes them more visible. In addition, the front/back camera toggle now sits in the top left corner where it’s less easy to hit accidentally.

To make things more intuitive, the settings toggle is now a gear icon, which brings out an overlay rather than a separate menu. To accommodate these changes, the image review button now sits in the bottom right corner and is square rather than circle.

Of course, the main change is the addition of a time-lapse feature. It works similarly to other phones. Toggling in the settings menu means the phone will keep taking pictures while the timer is enabled. The same timer UI is now on the main screen rather than a separate settings menu.”

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