How to Use the Camera on a Windows Phone

Introduction

Microsoft supports a variety of phone models and each one has a camera that is a little bit different. However, because Microsoft is moving towards having all of its hardware run Windows 10, your camera features and controls will be very similar to the ones found in this guide.

Smartphone taking a picture.

1 How to Take a Photo

  1. Press the Home button.
    Smartphone with Home button selected.
  2. Tap the Camera icon. 
    Camera app.
  3. Tap the camera icon to take a picture.
    Camera icon.
  4. To switch between the front and rear cameras, tap the Flip icon. 
    Flip icon.
  5. To view your photos, tap the Gallery icon.
    Gallery icon.

    To focus on something, tap the area or object that you'd like to focus on. To zoom in or out, slide two fingers together or apart.

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Microsoft supports a variety of phone models and each one has a camera that is a little bit different. However, because Microsoft is moving towards having all of its hardware run Windows 10, your camera features and controls will be very similar to the ones found in this guide.

Smartphone taking a picture.

  1. Press the Home button.
    Smartphone with Home button selected.
  2. Tap the Camera icon. 
    Camera app.
  3. Tap the camera icon to take a picture.
    Camera icon.
  4. To switch between the front and rear cameras, tap the Flip icon. 
    Flip icon.
  5. To view your photos, tap the Gallery icon.
    Gallery icon.

    To focus on something, tap the area or object that you'd like to focus on. To zoom in or out, slide two fingers together or apart.

The following steps provide an overview of camera features that go beyond the simple point-and-shoot nature of your Microsoft device's camera app. In general, Microsoft cameras are known for precise manual control over shooting parameters which is great for casual or professional photographers. Feel free to test each one of these features as you go, and skip ahead to the end of the guide if you find you have covered all additional features you wish to learn about.

  • To manually adjust settings, swipe to away from the Camera icon.
    Swiping away from camera icon. Screenshot.
  • Slide your finger across the corresponding curved line to adjust black and white, focus, ISO, shutter speed, or exposure settings. 
    Camera settings. Screenshot.
  • To adjust and use other camera setting, tap the Settings icon.
    Opening camera other settings. Screenshot.
  • Tap the ideal Aspect ratio
    Aspect ratio settings. Screenshot.
  • Turn the Framing grid on.
    Framing grid settings. Screenshot.
  • Change the image size for the main camera
    Image size setting drop down box. Screenshot.
  1. Tap the Settings icon.
    Camera with Settings icon highlighted. Screenshot.
  2. Tap Photo timer.
    Camera settings with Photo timer selected. Screenshot.
  3. Tap Delay and select how long the camera waits before taking the photo.
  4. Tap the Checkmark icon. 
  5. Photos are now always taken in timer mode.
    Camera taking a photo with timer indicator. Screenshot.
  1. Tap the Settings icon.
    Camera with Settings icon highlighted. Screenshot.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Framing Grid and select the grid type you would like to use.
    Framing grid settings. Screenshot.
  1. Tap the Video icon.
    Camera with Video icon selected. Screenshot.
  2. Tap the Record button to start recording.
  3. Tap the Record button to stop recording. 
  4. To view the video, tap the thumbnail in the corner of the screen.
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