How to Use the Camera on a Microsoft Surface Pro

Introduction

Learn how to use your Surface Pro's two cameras for taking photos and recording video: an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Both cameras can record HD videos in widescreen, giving you a powerful experience.
Before You Begin:
  • You must have your Surface Pro unboxed and set up.
Surface Pro diagram

1 How to Change Camera Settings

  1. Select the Start menu.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
  2. Begin typing the word Camera. It will appear in the Search box. Select Camera from the search results that appear.
    Searching for and opening the camera app
  3. Select the Settings Gear icon.
    Camera settings icon
  4. There are a number of options that you can adjust in Settings.
  5. Select each setting to adjust them. Depending on your model, these might include:
    • Change what happens when you press and hold the camera button.
      Change what happens when you push the button settings
    • Change the photo aspect ratio.
      Aspect ratio
    • Change the framing grid or turn it off.
      Framing grid settings
    • Change settings for video recording, like frames per second or flicker reduction.
      Video settings
    • Change where photos and videos are saved.
      Save location
    • Turn location info on or off.
      Location info

2 How to Take a Photo

To Take a Photo

  1. Select the Start menu.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
  2. Begin typing the word Camera. It will appear in the Search box. Select Camera from the search results that appear.
    Searching for and opening the camera app
  3. The camera app will open. To focus within the scene you have framed, tap the area of the screen you'd like the camera to focus on. Alternatively, tap the focus button to reveal the manual focus wheel.
    Manual focus button.
  4. Slide the focus button up or down the manual focus axis to manually adjust focus.
    Manual focus ring
  5. Zoom in or out by using two fingers to pinch or stretch the image on your screen.
  6. Tap the Photo button to capture a shot. The photo button acts as the shutter button.
    Photo button

To Adjust Image Settings

  1. If your camera can access it you can turn on HDR by tapping the button. HDR means that your camera will process photos slightly differently than normal in order to capture greater detail from bright and dark areas in your photo.
    HDR button
  2. If you want to set a timer on your camera just tap the Timer button. The Timer lets you take pictures with a delay of 2, 5 or 10 seconds. To select the delay you prefer to press the watch icon repeatedly.
    Timer button
  3. If you press and hold the Photo button, then slide your finger out to the left, a wheel interface will appear that allows you to adjust image settings on the fly. To adjust any setting, press and hold any button, and move it along the wheel's path.
    Wheel ring
  4. The adjustable settings are:
    White Balance
    Windows 10 white balance button
    Adjusts the color balance of your image.
    Zoom
    Windows 10 zoom button
    Use the Camera app digital zoom feature to make something that's far away seem close by.
    ISO
    ISO button
    ISO affects image quality and exposure. A higher ISO typically translates to a noisy or “grainy” image, just as a higher ISO film has more grain than one with a lower ISO.
    Contrast
    Contrast button
    Contrast is the scale of difference between black and white in your images.
    Exposure Compensation
    Brightness button
    This is your brightness slider, adjust it to make the photo brighter or darker.
  5. The most recently captured photo or video will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom corner of the Camera app..
    Most recent image
  6. By default, your photos and videos are saved in the Camera Roll.
  7. The Camera Roll is located in your Pictures library.
    Camera roll

3 How to Record a Video

To Record a Video

  1. Select the Start menu.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
  2. Begin typing the word Camera. It will appear in the Search box. Select Camera from the search results that appear.
    Searching for and opening the camera app
  3. The camera app will open. To focus within the scene you have framed, tap the area of the screen you'd like the camera to focus on. Alternatively, tap the focus button to reveal the manual focus wheel.
    Manual focus button.
  4. Slide the focus button up or down the manual focus axis to manually adjust focus.
    Manual focus ring
  5. Zoom in or out by using two fingers to pinch or stretch the image on your screen.
  6. Tap the Video button to begin recording video.
    Video button
  7. To adjust the brightness, tap the Exposure Compensation button on the top. A slider will open to the right, allowing you to adjust brightness.
    Exposure Compensation
  8. A timer will appear to indicate that video recording has begun.
    Video timer
  9. Recording can be stopped or paused by selecting or tapping the Red Stop button or Pause button.
    Stop recording
  10. The most recently captured photo or video will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom corner of the Camera app..
    Most recent image
  11. By default, your photos and videos are saved in the Camera Roll.
  12. The Camera Roll is located in your Pictures library.
    Camera roll location[

4 Access Your Photos and Videos

There are two ways to access your photos and videos. The first involves the Camera app itself, requiring you to tap the recently taken photo or video in order to open it within the Photo app. The second uses File Explorer to find your photos and videos.

Access Within the Camera App

  1. In the lower right hand corner, tap the last picture taken.
    Most recent image
  2. The picture will open in the Windows 10 Photos app.
    Photo app

Access Using File Explorer

  1. Open File Explorer.
    Windows Explorer
  2. Navigate to the folder your photos and videos are saved in. By default you'll find these in Pictures, under Camera Roll.
    Camera roll

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Learn how to use your Surface Pro's two cameras for taking photos and recording video: an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Both cameras can record HD videos in widescreen, giving you a powerful experience.
Before You Begin:
  • You must have your Surface Pro unboxed and set up.
Surface Pro diagram
  1. Select the Start menu.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
  2. Begin typing the word Camera. It will appear in the Search box. Select Camera from the search results that appear.
    Searching for and opening the camera app
  3. Select the Settings Gear icon.
    Camera settings icon
  4. There are a number of options that you can adjust in Settings.
  5. Select each setting to adjust them. Depending on your model, these might include:
    • Change what happens when you press and hold the camera button.
      Change what happens when you push the button settings
    • Change the photo aspect ratio.
      Aspect ratio
    • Change the framing grid or turn it off.
      Framing grid settings
    • Change settings for video recording, like frames per second or flicker reduction.
      Video settings
    • Change where photos and videos are saved.
      Save location
    • Turn location info on or off.
      Location info

To Take a Photo

  1. Select the Start menu.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
  2. Begin typing the word Camera. It will appear in the Search box. Select Camera from the search results that appear.
    Searching for and opening the camera app
  3. The camera app will open. To focus within the scene you have framed, tap the area of the screen you'd like the camera to focus on. Alternatively, tap the focus button to reveal the manual focus wheel.
    Manual focus button.
  4. Slide the focus button up or down the manual focus axis to manually adjust focus.
    Manual focus ring
  5. Zoom in or out by using two fingers to pinch or stretch the image on your screen.
  6. Tap the Photo button to capture a shot. The photo button acts as the shutter button.
    Photo button

To Adjust Image Settings

  1. If your camera can access it you can turn on HDR by tapping the button. HDR means that your camera will process photos slightly differently than normal in order to capture greater detail from bright and dark areas in your photo.
    HDR button
  2. If you want to set a timer on your camera just tap the Timer button. The Timer lets you take pictures with a delay of 2, 5 or 10 seconds. To select the delay you prefer to press the watch icon repeatedly.
    Timer button
  3. If you press and hold the Photo button, then slide your finger out to the left, a wheel interface will appear that allows you to adjust image settings on the fly. To adjust any setting, press and hold any button, and move it along the wheel's path.
    Wheel ring
  4. The adjustable settings are:
    White Balance
    Windows 10 white balance button
    Adjusts the color balance of your image.
    Zoom
    Windows 10 zoom button
    Use the Camera app digital zoom feature to make something that's far away seem close by.
    ISO
    ISO button
    ISO affects image quality and exposure. A higher ISO typically translates to a noisy or “grainy” image, just as a higher ISO film has more grain than one with a lower ISO.
    Contrast
    Contrast button
    Contrast is the scale of difference between black and white in your images.
    Exposure Compensation
    Brightness button
    This is your brightness slider, adjust it to make the photo brighter or darker.
  5. The most recently captured photo or video will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom corner of the Camera app..
    Most recent image
  6. By default, your photos and videos are saved in the Camera Roll.
  7. The Camera Roll is located in your Pictures library.
    Camera roll

To Record a Video

  1. Select the Start menu.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
  2. Begin typing the word Camera. It will appear in the Search box. Select Camera from the search results that appear.
    Searching for and opening the camera app
  3. The camera app will open. To focus within the scene you have framed, tap the area of the screen you'd like the camera to focus on. Alternatively, tap the focus button to reveal the manual focus wheel.
    Manual focus button.
  4. Slide the focus button up or down the manual focus axis to manually adjust focus.
    Manual focus ring
  5. Zoom in or out by using two fingers to pinch or stretch the image on your screen.
  6. Tap the Video button to begin recording video.
    Video button
  7. To adjust the brightness, tap the Exposure Compensation button on the top. A slider will open to the right, allowing you to adjust brightness.
    Exposure Compensation
  8. A timer will appear to indicate that video recording has begun.
    Video timer
  9. Recording can be stopped or paused by selecting or tapping the Red Stop button or Pause button.
    Stop recording
  10. The most recently captured photo or video will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom corner of the Camera app..
    Most recent image
  11. By default, your photos and videos are saved in the Camera Roll.
  12. The Camera Roll is located in your Pictures library.
    Camera roll location[

There are two ways to access your photos and videos. The first involves the Camera app itself, requiring you to tap the recently taken photo or video in order to open it within the Photo app. The second uses File Explorer to find your photos and videos.

Access Within the Camera App

  1. In the lower right hand corner, tap the last picture taken.
    Most recent image
  2. The picture will open in the Windows 10 Photos app.
    Photo app

Access Using File Explorer

  1. Open File Explorer.
    Windows Explorer
  2. Navigate to the folder your photos and videos are saved in. By default you'll find these in Pictures, under Camera Roll.
    Camera roll
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