Take photos and videos with Surface
Surface has two integrated cameras that you can use to make video calls, record videos, and take pictures. The built-in Camera app can help you get even more out of your cameras.
Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro.
Surface has a front-facing camera and a rear-facing camera. You can use the front camera to video chat with a friend or the back camera to record meetings and events. You can also use either camera to take photos.
When you hold your Surface at a comfortable angle or rest it on its kickstand, you can see what the rear-facing camera is recording. The front camera points up at your face for optimal video calling.
Not sure where the cameras are located on your Surface? See Surface features.
Take photos and record videos
By default, the built-in Camera app is ready to take photos, but you can easily switch between photo and video mode. To take a photo or record a video:
|Step 1:||Go to Start , and select Camera.
|Step 2:||Select the on-screen Camera or Video button to activate the camera you want to use, and select the button again to take a picture or start recording video.|
A small privacy light appears near the active camera when you’re using it. The privacy light can’t be turned off.
Adjust the focus on Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book
The rear-facing camera on Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book has an autofocus lens that can help improve the sharpness of your photos and videos. The lens automatically focuses on the main subject on the screen, but you can change the focus to a different area before taking a picture or while recording a video. (The front camera has a fixed-focus lens.)
To learn more about autofocus, see Using autofocus on Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book.
View photos and videos
By default, your photos and videos are saved to the Camera roll on your Surface. You can choose to save your pictures to OneDrive so you can access them from any web-connected device. For more info, see Using OneDrive on Surface.
There are several ways to look through your photos and videos:
- Camera app: Select Photos in the upper-left corner to open the Photos app and view the most recent picture or video taken. Swipe right to see others in your collection.
- Photos app: Select View collection in the upper-left corner to see other photos and videos in your collection.
- File Explorer or OneDrive app: Go to your Pictures library and open your Camera roll.
To change where your pictures are saved:
|Step 1:||In the Camera app, select More options in the upper-right corner and select Settings.|
|Step 2:||Select Change where photos and videos are saved > Yes.|
|Step 3:||Under Save locations, change the option under New pictures will save to.|
Edit photos and videos
To edit photos:
|Step 1:||Open a photo using the Photos app or the OneDrive app.|
|Step 2:||At the top of the screen, select Edit .|
|Step 3:||Choose from auto and basic fixes, light and color adjustments, and effects.|
|Step 4:||Once the picture is how you like it, select Save or Save a copy .|
To trim videos:
|Step 1:||Open a video using the Photos app.|
|Step 2:||Select Trim to make the video shorter. Move the handles at the left and right ends of the time line to the new start and stop points you want.|
Change camera options
Use the Camera app to switch between the front and back camera or manually set camera options.
Change between the front and back camera
To switch cameras:
- At the top of the screen, select Switch camera .
Set the timer
To set the timer:
|Step 1:||Select See more in the upper-right corner, and select Photo timer.|
|Step 2:||Select the Delay that you want to set (two, five, or 10 seconds) and select the check mark at the bottom.|
Change camera settings
You can also modify the photo aspect ratio, show or hide framing grid lines, adjust video settings, and change what happens when you press and hold the camera button.
Here’s how to change camera settings:
- In the Camera app, select See more in the upper-right corner, select Settings, and change the settings you want.
To learn how to adjust settings to get better results in your photos and videos, see Improve photo and video quality.
Turn off the camera shutter sound
You can turn off the shutter sound the camera makes by muting the volume on your Surface. This will turn off all Surface sounds.
- In the task bar, select Volume and adjust the slider all the way down to mute the sound.