The Kindle Fire HD has a front facing camera that’s meant to be used for video calls using Skype. But there’s not an obvious way to use it to take pictures or record personal videos. Here’s how to find and use the hidden camera app for video, pictures and even panoramic photos.
Editor Update: This article was written using last year’s Kindle Fire HD — not the current version and not the HDX. There’s a new version of Android and Amazon has changed things around with it’s heavily customized forked version of it. The steps will vary for the new versions. We’ll be getting an update for the new Fire’s soon.
Use ES File Explorer
First you’ll need to install ES File Explorer to the Fire HD. There are other apps to find files hidden under Amazon’s customized Android 4.0, but I find this one to be easy to use and it’s free. Plus you can download it from the Amazon App Store.
Launch ES File Explorer and tap AppMgr at the top.
On the next screen tap Category.
The Select Types windows comes up, tap System Apps.
This will list all of the Kindle Fire HD system apps. Select the Camera icon.
Now tap Open.
Using the Kindle Fire HD Camera
The Camera app opens and you can start taking pictures, videos and panoramic shots. It includes different effects, a zoom dial and other settings. Here’s an example of selecting video quality settings – up to 1080p.
After you take your picture or video, you can access it from the Photos on your device. Or, connect the tablet to your computer and browse to the DCIM folder then Camera.
Taking shots from a from a front facing camera isn’t practical though, and there isn’t a way to create a shortcut to the app. You’ll need to go into ES File Explorer each time to access it.
Amazon touts the camera is HD quality, but hasn’t released specifics, but it doesn’t look too bad. Here’s a quick look at the quality of the camera.