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Getting to know your camera

Opening or closing the notification panel
1 Front camera lens
2 Select the capturing mode
3 Switch between the front and main camera
4 Zoom in or out
5 Use the camera key to activate the camera, take photos, or record videos
6 Tap the thumbnail to view, share, or edit photos and videos
7 Save your location
8 Use the shutter button to take photos or record videos
9 Go back or exit the camera
10 Capturing mode settings
11 Flash settings

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.

Capturing modes

Your camera is equipped with four capturing modes. Two are for taking photos, the Superior auto mode and the Manual mode.

Superior auto optimizes settings automatically for many different scenarios. Manual mode is useful when you want more creative control.

Available settings depend on the capturing mode selected.

To select a capturing mode

  • When using the camera, swipe the screen to select from photo, video, or camera apps modes.

Capturing modes overview

Manual cam mode icon

Manual

Take photos and manually adjust camera settings

Superior auto cam mode icon

Superior auto

Take photos with settings automatically optimized

Record video icon

Video

Record videos

Camera apps menu icon

Camera apps

Use photo and video apps

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, then tap More > Quick launch > Launch and capture.
  2. Close the settings menu and exit the camera. The setting is saved for all capturing modes.
  3. Press and hold the camera key to launch the camera and take a photo.

This feature can also be used for videos. When using the camera, tap Settings icon, then tap More > Quick launch > Launch and record video .

To take a photo by tapping the screen

  1. When using the camera, tap Settings icon, then tap More > Touch capture > On or Only front camera.
  2. Close the settings menu. The setting is saved in all capturing modes.
  3. 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. When using the main camera, select a photo capturing mode and tap Settings icon.
  2. Tap Self-timer and select the delay time.
  3. Close the settings menu. The Self-timer setting is saved.
  4. 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.

    When using the front camera, tap Self timer icon to set the Self-timer .

Shutter button

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

Shutter button overview

Camera onscreen 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 adjust camera settings

  1. When using the camera, tap Settings icon.
  2. Select a setting or press More.
  3. When More is selected, swipe 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. Flick left or right to view your photos and videos.
  3. Tap the screen, then tap Edit icon to edit a photo or video.
  4. Tap Share icon to share a photo or a video.

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

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