Windows 10 Tip: Capture Images and Take Selfies with the Camera App

Microsoft first introduced a native camera app with Windows 8 in 2012. However, it has been improved greatly in Windows 10. Here’s how to use it.

Microsoft first introduced a native camera app with Windows 8 in 2012. I must admit, I have rarely used it except for the occasional profile photo update. However, with a new generation of computing devices such as 8-inch tablets or form factors like the Microsoft Surface Pro, the Camera is finding its place in many events and occasions. I have seen users utilizing their tablet’s built-in camera to capture pictures, whether it’s a selfie, group photo, or even videos.

Using the Camera App in Windows 10 Take Photos

There are some things you should know before you start using the Camera App in Windows 10. First, it is not as powerful as the one you would find on your smartphone. Examples include panorama, slow motion, or time-lapse. Also, the Camera app is limited by your device, so features such as a flash are not available, so don’t expect to use it as a replacement for a traditional point or shoot either. However, you need to capture something serendipitously for those moments; the camera app might be all you need.

You can find the Camera app on the Start menu or launch it from the All Apps list.

Find camera app

When it’s launched, a viewfinder pops up, where you see your subject matter. There you can perform some tasks. If you want to capture a photo, tap the camera icon.

If you want to switch to video, click the video camera icon to start recording the video.


You can zoom in to your subject matter by using the pinch gesture. Check out our previous article to learn more about gestures with tips for navigating the Windows 10 environment in Touch Mode.


You can make quick adjustments on the fly, such as accessing a hidden but basic brightness control at the top.

Camera Brightness

You can take selfies, too; switch to the front-facing camera by tapping/clicking the camera icon at the top of the window. In addition, you can modify the camera settings, which lets you adjust the camera button for default behaviors like burst mode or video. Options are available for changing aspect ratio and video recording, too. Other functions users can find in the camera app include taking a delayed photo at certain intervals.

selfie settings

Capturing pictures in the evening is not the best time for using the Camera app, I noticed. One important tip I would leave users with: when taking photos of a subject matter, approach the object as closely as possible to get the best results.

Again, it’s not a DSLR quality, but users should feel confident using it if the need arises, whether you don’t have your smartphone nearby or you are in class and want to capture something on a whiteboard. So check it out and tell us what you think.

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