Camera basics

Camera basics

Whether traveling for business or fun, enjoy taking photos and videos with the camera.
  • From the Start screen, tap > Camera to open the Camera app.
  • Or press the CAMERA button.
The first time you open the Camera app, you'll be asked whether you want to let it use your location. If you allow this, location information will be stored in your captured photos and you'll be able to know where they were taken. When you share your photos, other people can also see that information.
Tip: Did you know you can open the Camera app even if the display is off or locked? Just press and hold the CAMERA button.

Viewfinder screen

You’ll find the following onscreen controls on the Viewfinder screen:

Photo/Video mode switch
Switch to front or rear camera
Zoom control
Go to viewer
Note: Flash and other settings are not available when you're using the front camera.


Before taking a photo or video, you can first use the onscreen zoom control to zoom in or out of your subject.
Simply tap + or - on the screen to zoom in or out.

Changing settings

  1. Tap to choose from various settings such as flash mode, resolution, effects, and more.
  2. To save your changed settings, tap Save settings after you make the change. Otherwise, the camera will return to the default settings the next time you use it.
Tip: When you go to settings > applications > pictures + camera from the Start screen, you'll find more settings that can change how the CAMERA button functions, where to share photos and videos, and more.
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