Pictures

Taking a picture or recording a video

Your phone goes where you go, and your Windows Phone camera is always ready – so you'll never miss that perfect shot again. Here are the basics on taking pictures and shooting videos.

To take a picture

The first time you use the camera, you'll be asked if you want to let it use your location. If you allow this, you'll be able to see where your pictures were taken. To learn more, see Adding location info to your pictures.

  1. Press the Camera button to start the camera. This is a button usually found on the long edge of your phone. (You can take a picture even if your phone is locked or asleep – just press and hold the Camera button.)

  2. Hold the phone steady, either vertically (portrait view) or horizontally (landscape view). Use the zoom control Zoom control in the picture viewer to adjust your shot.

    Tips

    • Press Settings Settings icon to change various settings that your phone manufacturer might have included, such as flash, brightness or photo resolution. Changes you make to the flash setting will be automatically saved for the next time you use the camera. If you want to save other changed settings to use again, tap Save settings after you've made the change.
    • Always taking pictures of your pocket? Go to Pictures > More More icon > Settings and turn on Prevent accidental camera launch when phone is locked.
  3. Do one of the following to take the picture:

    • Press the Camera button halfway down to focus, then press the button all the way down to take the picture. This method will automatically focus on what's in the centre of the screen.
    • Tap any point on the screen to focus there. The camera will focus, then take the picture – you won't need to press or tap anything else.

    Notes

    • If pressing the screen to take a picture doesn't work, you might need to turn it on in Pictures > More More icon > Settings.
    • Your phone hardware might not support custom focus (the ability to focus on the point you press on). In this case, the camera will automatically focus on the centre of the screen.

    The focus is on when the white brackets appear on the screen
    Camera viewfinder with the focus on

    Tip

    Taking a picture in a quiet place? You can mute the shutter sound. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings > Ringtones + sounds. Tap Camera shutter to turn the shutter sound on or off. (This option might not be available in your country or region.)

  4. The picture is automatically saved in the Camera Roll album on your phone. You can also set your phone to automatically upload your pictures to OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). See Sharing pictures and videos.

    Note

    You won't be able to automatically upload pictures to OneDrive if your phone has 256 MB of RAM.

  5. After you've taken a picture, do one of the following to see it in the picture viewer:

    • If you're holding the phone horizontally, flick right.
    • If you're holding the phone vertically, flick down.
  6. Press MoreMore icon (or press and hold the picture) to see options such as adding it as a favourite, using it as wallpaper for your lock screen and sharing it on a social network. If you've installed picture-editing apps, you can find them in the App list.

    Picture of the picture menu
    Picture menu

    Tips

    • To zoom in and out when you're viewing pictures, double-tap or pinch and stretch.
    • You can also see your pictures and videos in filmstrip view. Open an album, tap a picture or video, pinch it as if to shrink it, then flick left or right to see the filmstrip. This works best in landscape (horizontal) view.
    • Got some extra-special pics? Add them to Favourites, then use them to personalise your phone. Learn how in Favourites in the Pictures Hub.

To auto-fix a picture

Auto-fix automatically applies some of the most common photographic fixes – exposure, colour temperature and shadow/highlight adjustment – in a way that's tuned for each picture.

  1. On Start, tap Pictures.

  2. Find the picture you want to fix and tap to open it.

  3. Press More More icon > Auto-fix.

  4. If you want to cancel the changes, press Undo fixUndo fix icon.

  5. Press Save Save icon.

    Tip

    After you've synchronised your pictures to your computer, you can edit them using Windows Live Photo Gallery, a photo-editing program you can download for free.

To record a video

  1. Press the Camera button to start the camera. This button is usually found on the long edge of your phone. (You can record a video even if your phone is locked or asleep – just press and hold the Camera button.)

  2. Tap Video mode Camera mode icon to switch to video mode – the icon will change to black-on-white Video camera icon and you'll see the video counter on the screen. Hold the phone steady, either vertically (portrait view) or horizontally (landscape view).

    Tips

    • The best way to record and view videos is to hold the phone in landscape view.
    • Tap SettingsSettings icon to change various settings that your phone manufacturer might have included. If you want to save the changed settings to use again, tap Save settings after you've made the change. Otherwise, the camera will return to the default settings the next time you use it.
  3. Do one of the following:

    • Press the Camera button to start recording. Press the Camera button again to stop recording.
    • Press the screen to start recording. Press the screen again to stop recording.
  4. The video is automatically saved in the Camera roll album on your phone.

    Video thumbnail in Camera roll
    Video thumbnail in Camera roll
  5. After you've recorded a video, do one of the following to play it in the video viewer:

    • If you're holding the phone horizontally, flick right.
    • If you're holding the phone vertically, flick down.
    Video viewer
    Video viewer
  6. To view video options such as sharing, press MoreMore icon (or press and hold the video).

Note

If your Windows Phone has 256 MB RAM or higher and your manufacturer has added the option, you can record and play HD video (1280x720 high-def resolution). To play HD video on your phone, the video is scaled down to an 800x450 resolution to fit the screen. If you connect your phone to your computer and copy the video to it, you can play HD video in its full 1280x720 resolution.

Tips

  • To find a video you've shot on your phone and synchronised with your computer, open the Zune software, then click Collection > Videos.
  • If you want to delete a lot of pictures or videos, or if you want to save them to your computer, you can save time by connecting the phone to your computer and using the Zune software to do the heavy lifting for you. To learn more about synchronising, see Synchronising music, pictures and videos.

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