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Getting to know your camera

Camera overview
1 Front camera lens
2 Switch between the front and main camera
3 Camera settings
4 Save your location
5 Use the volume keys to zoom in or out
6 Switch between taking photos and videos
7 Use the camera key to activate the camera, take photos, or record videos
8 Tap the thumbnail to view, share, or edit photos and videos
9 Use the shutter button to take photos or record videos
10 Go back or exit the camera
11 Select a capturing mode
12 Shortcut to the capturing mode last selected
13 Self-timer
14 Flash settings
15 Select an aspect ratio
16 Colour and brightness

Basic camera tips

To launch the camera

  • Press the camera key fully down, swipe Normal cam mode icon from the lock screen or tap Camera icon from the Application screen.

Shutter button

The shutter button is used differently depending on the capturing mode and activated features.

Shutter button overview

shutter-photo icon

Take a photo

Start recording icon

Record a video/Resume recording

Pause video icon

Pause a video

Stop recording icon

Stop recording a video

Self timer activated icon

Self-timer is activated

Touch capture activated icon

Touch capture is activated

Touch capture and self timer activated icon

Touch capture and Self-timer are activated

To change the aspect ratio

  1. While using the camera, tap Aspect ratio 16:9 icon.
  2. Select a setting.

To adjust camera settings

  1. When using the camera, tap Settings icon.
  2. Select a setting or drag the list to view the available settings.
Camera settings

Available settings depend on the capturing mode selected.

To view, share or edit photos and videos

  1. When using the camera, tap the thumbnail to open a photo or video.
  2. Swipe left or right to view your photos and videos.
  3. Tap the screen to edit a photo or video.

Your photos and videos are stored in the Album application. See Viewing photos and videos for more options.

Capturing modes

You can select capturing modes, such as Manual mode, by tapping Mode .

Available settings depend on the capturing mode selected.

Capturing modes overview

AR effect icon

AR effect

Take photos with virtual scenes and characters

Camera bokeh icon

Bokeh

Take photos with a blurred effect

Creative effect icon

Creative effect

Take photos with effects and colour filters

Sweep panorama icon

Panorama

Take wide-angle and panoramic photos

Sound-photo icon

Sound Photo

Record a background sound and take a photo at the same time

Camera manual icon

Manual

Take photos with manually adjusted camera settings

Slow motion video icon

Slow motion

Add a slow-motion effect after recording a video

To switch between taking photos and videos

  • While using the camera, swipe the screen to select a photo or video mode.

To select a capturing mode

  • When using the camera, tap Mode and select a capturing mode.

To switch between the main and front camera

  • When using the camera, tap Switch camera icon to switch between the main and front camera.

To use the zoom

  • When using the camera, pinch in or out on the camera screen or use the volume key to zoom.

If you zoom in three or more times, this can affect image quality. Instead, take the photo without zoom, then crop it.

To take a photo

  • When using the camera, press the camera key or tap the shutter button to take a photo.

To record a video

  1. When using the camera, swipe the screen to select Record video icon.
  2. Press the camera key or tap the shutter button to start or stop recording.

The maximum recording time is 6 hours.

To launch the camera and take a photo at the same time

  1. When using the camera, tap Settings icon.
  2. Drag the list to view more settings.
  3. Tap Launch with camera key > Launch and capture.
  4. Close the settings menu and exit the camera. The setting is saved for all capturing modes.
  5. Press and hold the camera key to launch the camera and take a photo.

To take a photo by tapping the screen

  1. When using the camera, tap Settings icon.
  2. Drag the list to view more settings.
  3. Tap Touch capture > On or Front camera only.
  4. Close the settings menu. The setting is saved in all capturing modes.
  5. Tap anywhere on the screen to take a photo.

This feature can also be used for videos.

To take a photo when recording a video

  • When recording a video, tap Camera onscreen icon. The photo is taken as soon as you release the shutter button.

Self-timer

Use the Self-timer to get more time to prepare for a photo. It also helps to keep your device steady and avoid blurred photos.

To use the self-timer with the main camera

  1. While using the camera, tap Self timer icon and select a delay time.
  2. Close the settings menu. Your Self-timer setting is saved.
  3. Press the camera key or tap the shutter button to take a photo. A series of beeps marks the countdown until the photo is taken.
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