If your PC has a built-in camera or a connected webcam, you can use the Camera app to take photos and videos.
You can change some options for your camera in Settings, like showing grid lines to help you compose a photo, or including location info in your photos.
If your tablet or laptop has more than one camera (like a front-facing and a rear-facing camera), you can switch cameras before taking a photo or video. Open the Camera app, and then:
If the app can’t find one of your cameras, see Windows can't find or start the camera.
In Windows 10, zoom in or out by using two fingers to pinch or stretch the image on your screen.
In Windows 8.1, the Camera app doesn't include digital zoom. However, you can get a similar effect as zooming in if you take a photo and then crop it.
You can get the photos and videos you take with the Camera app to automatically save to OneDrive, where you can get to them from your other devices. You can choose what quality to use when uploading photos too.
If your tablet or camera supports including location info and can connect to the Internet or a mobile network when you take the photo, the Camera app can include latitude and longitude info with your photos.
You can choose to turn off the camera for specific apps while allowing other apps to use it, or you can turn the camera off completely.
To keep the Camera app from using the camera, you’ll need to turn off the camera completely.
If you have problems with the Camera app after changing privacy settings, close it and re-open it. To completely close the app in Windows 8.1, drag the app to the bottom of the screen and hold it there until the app flips over.
With so many brands of webcams and cameras available, there are many reasons why something might not work. Each brand is different, so it's a good idea to check the manufacturer's website for user guides and troubleshooting help.
For cameras that plug into your PC, the problem can often be fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting the camera.Another common solution is to close the app that's having problems in a way that stops all the app's processes.
If your camera is still not working, there might be a problem with the camera’s drivers. You can install driver updates from your camera's manufacturer, or you can use your PC’s default drivers.
Article ID: 17444 - Last Review: Apr 27, 2016 - Revision: 30