Many modern devices with Windows include a webcam and, in order to use it, you need an app that helps you take pictures, record videos or stream video while video chatting. Microsoft has built the Camera app for this purpose and it’s included also in Windows 10. In this guide we will show you everything you need to know about using it: how to start it, how to take pictures and record videos, how to set the brightness and other parameters, how to configure the way the Camera app works. There’s plenty of ground to cover so let’s get started:
IMPORTANT: If this is the first time you will use the Camera app on your Windows 10 device, please make sure that you have a driver installed for your webcam.
How to start the Camera app in Windows 10
Just like most apps from Windows, the Camera app from Windows 10 can be launched in multiple ways.
One of the fastest methods to launch the Camera app is to use the search feature offered by Cortana. Click or tap on Cortana’s search box from the taskbar and type in the word “camera”. Then, click or tap on the Camera app.
Another way to open the Camera app in Windows 10 is to use the Start Menu. Click or tap the Start button, open All apps and then click or tap the Camera shortcut.
If this is the first time you have launched the Camera app, the app may ask you to allow it to use your webcam and your microphone, as well as your location. Once you have allowed the Camera app to use your devices, you should see an image of what’s in front of the webcam. That will probably be you. :)
How to take photos in Windows 10 using the Camera app
On the right side of the Camera app you will find two buttons: one for taking photos and one for recording videos. You’ll notice that one of these buttons is bigger than the other. The bigger button shows you the mode that’s currently on.
All you have to do in order to take a picture with your webcam is to click or tap the Photo button. Note that, if the Camera app was in Video mode, you will have to click twice on the Photo button: once to switch to the Photo mode and once to take the photo.
How to record videos with the Camera app in Windows 10
In order to record videos with the Camera app from Windows 10, you first have to switch to Video mode. Click or tap the Video button from the right side of the app’s window.
Then, to start recording a video with the Camera app, click or tap the Video button again. Once you start recording a video, the Camera app displays a stopwatch on the bottom of the video, that tells you the time that has passed since you started recording.
To stop a video recording, click or tap the same Video button from the right side of the app.
How to adjust the brightness of your captures
The Camera app in Windows 10 allows you to manually set the Brightness , or exposure, of the photos and videos you take with it. To do that, click or tap on the left-arrow button on the top center of the Camera app, in order to enter the Pro mode.
Once you are in Pro mode, on the top center of the Camera app, you will get a new button for controlling the Brightness. Click or tap on it.
Once you click or tap the Brightness button, the Camera app displays a manual slider on the right side of the window.
With the mouse or with your finger, move the slider upwards to brighten your photos and videos or move it downwards to darken them.
How to set the timer for taking pictures
The Camera app also allows you to set up a Photo timer for taking pictures automatically, a couple of seconds after you hit the Picture button. To access the Photo timer , open the app’s configuration menu. Click or tap on the “three dots” button from the top right corner of the app. If you don’t see them, move the mouse cursor to the top right corner of the app and they will show up.
The Camera app displays a menu on its right side. Click or tap the Photo timer entry.
The Photo timer lets you take photos with a Delay of 2, 5 or 10 seconds and it also lets you set the Camera app to continuously take photos using the time frame you selected. After selecting the settings you want, click or tap the OK button from the bottom of the menu to apply them. Or, press the Cancel button if you have changed your mind.
If you chose to enable the “Continue taking photos every [2, 5 or 10] seconds [...]” setting, you have to press the Photo button in order to stop the Camera app from taking photos automatically, after you start the photo taking process by pressing the same Photo button.
If you enabled the Photo timer , each time you take a photo, the Camera app displays a timer that shows you when the photo is actually captured.
Read the next page of this tutorial to find out how to view the photos and videos you captured with the Camera app, and also how to adjust the more advanced settings it offers.