Take photos and videos with Surface

Applies to: Surface DevicesSurface

Surface has two integrated cameras that you can use to make video calls, record videos, and take pictures.

Take photos and record videos

By default, the built-in Camera app is ready to take photos, but you can easily switch between photo and video mode. For info about how to open the Camera app and take a photo or record a video, see Camera app and webcams help.

Adjust the focus

The rear-facing camera Surface devices has an autofocus lens that can help improve the sharpness of your photos and videos. The lens automatically focuses on the main subject on the screen, but you can change the focus to a different area before taking a picture or while recording a video. The front camera has a fixed-focus lens.

To learn more about autofocus, see Using autofocus on Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book.

View photos and videos

By default, your photos and videos are saved to the Camera roll on your Surface. You can choose to save your pictures to OneDrive so you can access them from any web-connected device. For more info, see Using OneDrive on Surface.

You can also change where your pictures are saved on your Surface. For more info, see Change camera settings in Camera app and webcams help.

To change where your pictures are saved:

Edit photos and videos

You can edit your photos and videos in the Photos app. For more info, see Enhance and edit photos

Change camera options

Change camera settings

You can zoom in or out, switch between the front and back cameras, change the photo aspect ratio, show or hide framing grid lines, adjust video settings, and change what happens when you press and hold the camera button. To learn how, see Camera app and webcams help.

Turn off the camera shutter sound

You can turn off the shutter sound the camera makes by muting the volume on your Surface.

  • In the task bar, select Volume  and slide the slider all the way down to mute the sound.

Troubleshoot Surface cameras

Try these solutions to fix any issues you might be having with the cameras on your Surface.

Make sure apps can use the cameras

  1. Go to Start  and select Settings > Privacy > Camera, and make sure Let apps use my camera is on.

Download the latest updates for your Surface and Windows

See Install Surface and Windows updates to learn how

Update the camera drivers

  1. Enter Device Manager in the search box next to Start, and then select Device Manager in the results expand Imaging Devices.
  2. Right-click the camera that’s having problems (look for Microsoft Camera Front, Microsoft Camera Rear, Microsoft LifeCam Front, or Microsoft LifeCam Rear) and select Update.
  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software, and then follow the on-screen instructions.