Snap great photos

The camera in Windows 10 Mobile is faster and simpler to use than ever before. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, flexible controls help you capture the moment, beautifully.

Start by opening the Camera app (on Start

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, swipe over to the All apps list to find it). Then select the Camera , Video , or Panorama button on the camera screen.

To view and adjust the photo you just took, select the small, circular image in the top corner.

Camera in Windows 10 Mobile

Automatic genius

Your camera is all set to help you take great pictures, automatically.

On select devices, rich HDR helps you capture beautiful photos even in tough lighting conditions, and is set to turn on automatically when you need it. When it's on, your camera snaps several images at different exposure settings—and even adds flash when appropriate—and then blends them together into a single photo for more natural-looking lighting. You can also adjust the lighting later on these photos. To turn off rich HDR, select HDR on the camera's viewfinder.

Living images, videos, and slow motion

When capturing photos on select Lumia devices, the camera automatically detects motion in the shot, and captures it as a living image—with a second of movement that brings your photo to life.

To capture longer events, select Video on the camera screen. Select Pause to pause and resume as you shoot, so you get all the best moments in one video. On some Lumia devices, you can record slow-motion video by selecting the little turtle icon on the viewfinder. Afterwards, you can even add super slow motion to parts of your video.

Panoramic photos

Panoramas are great for sweeping landscapes, large groups of people, or—with the camera turned on its side—very tall buildings.

Tap the Panorama button to switch to panorama mode. Tap it again to start the shot, and then slowly pivot the camera from left to right (or bottom to top) as the scene fills in across the middle of the screen. Tap Done to finish the shot.

An image showing the camera screen as a panorama is being captured

Pro controls

For more precise control of each shot, drag the Camera button toward the center to see all the dials. Move each dial to adjust white balance, focus, sensitivity (ISO), shutter speed, or brightness.

Show manual settings

Photo timer and other settings

Select More to use the photo timer or to choose settings like showing a framing grid on the viewfinder, changing the photo aspect ratio, or choosing to capture a rapid burst of photos (or a video) when you press and hold the Camera button. On select devices, you can also turn living images and video stabilization on or off here.


Article ID: 17271 - Last Review: 02 Dec 2016 - Revision: 24