How do I use the basic functions of my smartphone camera?

The camera on your smartphone allows you take photos and videos with ease. You can also use different camera modes to customise your shot or video for the occasion. Find out more about the different modes you can use to capture your camera's full potential.


The conditions in which you take your photo can also affect the image. Find out more about light phenomena and sources.

How do I open the camera app?Click to Expand
1 From the home screen, swipe up to open your apps
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2 Select the Camera app
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How do I quickly open the camera?Click to Expand

You can quickly open the camera from the lock screen in just one swipe. Swipe the camera icon up to open the camera app.

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How do I take a picture?Click to Expand

With the camera app open, press the capture button to take a picture.

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How do I take a video?Click to Expand

Open the camera app on your smartphone before following these steps:

1 Press the record button to start recording
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If there isn't a record button, swipe left to select video mode, then press the record button

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2 Press the stop button to finish recording
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How do I switch between the front and rear cameras?Click to Expand

While using the camera app, press the switch camera button to switch between the front and rear cameras.

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How do I zoom in and out?Click to Expand

To use the zoom function, have the camera app open and touch the screen in two places:

1 Spread apart to zoom in
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2 Pinch together to zoom out
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How do I turn on the flash?Click to Expand

In the camera app, the flash can be switched to on, off or auto using the lightning icon. 

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Depending on your smartphone, you will either have to keep pressing the flash icon until it's turned yellow, or you'll have to select the yellow flash icon to turn the flash on. 

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Why is there a rattling sound when I shake my smartphone?Click to Expand

This sound is the camera lens shutter moving inside the barrel. It's a normal sound and it can happen when the smartphone is being shaken or vibrated. When you turn the camera on, the sound will stop as the shutter will be actively focused.

Please note: the camera module has a part installed that limits the movement of the lens unit, so the part will not break when the device is being shaken.

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