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    Getting to know your camera

    Image showing where each function is located on the camera screen in the landscape orientation.  Upper left area, 1 to 4. Upper side of the device, 5. Right area from top to bottom, 6 to 10. Lower left area from right to left, 11 to 14.

    1 Colour and brightness
    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 Tap the thumbnail to view, share, or edit photos and videos
    7 Switch between taking photos and videos
    8 Use the shutter button to take photos or record videos
    9 Go back or exit the camera
    10 Select a capturing mode
    11 Scene selection menu
    12 Flash settings
    13 Select an aspect ratio
    14 Front camera lens

    Basic camera tips

    • Make sure the lens is clean. A fingerprint or a little dirt can diminish photo quality.
    • Use the self-timer when you need extra time to prepare, or to avoid blurred photos.
    • Check your device’s memory status often. High-resolution photos and videos consume more memory.

    To launch the camera

    • Swipe (Camera icon) from the lock screen.
    • Tap (Camera icon) from the Application screen.
    • Press the power key twice.

    Shutter button

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

    Shutter button overview

    Capture button

    Take a photo

    Start button

    Record a video

    Stop button

    Stop recording a video

    Self-timer on icon

    Self-timer is activated

    To change the aspect ratio

    1. While using the camera, tap (Aspect ratio icon).
    2. Select a setting.

    To adjust the camera settings

    1. While using the camera, tap (Settings icon).
    2. Swipe the list to view the available settings and select a setting.
    Image of the camera settings

    Note

    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.

    Hint

    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 by tapping Mode.

    Note

    Available settings depend on the capturing mode selected.

    Capturing modes overview

    The following are some of the main capturing modes.

    Bokeh icon

    Bokeh

    Take photos with a blurred effect

    Portrait selfie mode icon

    Portrait selfie

    Take better-looking selfies

    Panorama icon

    Panorama

    Take wide-angle and panoramic photos

    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.

    Hint

    You can also switch between cameras by swiping down the camera screen.

    To use the zoom

    • Pinch in or out on the camera screen.
    • Use the volume key.

    Hint

    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

    • Tap the shutter button.

    To record a video

    1. When using the camera, swipe the screen to select (Record icon).
    2. Tap the shutter button to start or stop recording.

    To take a photo with preset settings according to the scene

    1. While using the camera, tap the scene selection icon, for example SCN or AUTO.
    2. Select an option.

    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. When using the main camera, tap (Settings icon).
    2. Tap Self-timer and select the delay time.
    3. Close the settings menu. The Self-timer setting is saved.
    4. Tap the shutter button to take a photo. A series of beeps marks the countdown until the photo is taken.
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