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Take a picture or video

Take a picture or video

Take a screenshot, edit a picture or video, use the front and rear camera, and switch between camera and video modes.



  1. To open the camera, from the Start screen tap the Camera tile.
    Note: From the lock screen, swipe down from the top of the screen to quickly access the camera to take video or pictures.
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  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access camera options.
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  3. To switch between the front- and rear-facing cameras, tap Change camera.
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  4. Tap the Camera icon to take a picture.
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  5. Tap the Camcorder icon to start recording a video.
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  6. Tap the Camera icon to take a still while recording a video.
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  7. Tap the Stop icon to stop recording.
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  8. Swipe right to quickly access the Camera roll.
    Note: Alternatively, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, then tap Camera roll.
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  9. To take a panoramic picture, tap the Panorama icon.
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  10. Tap Anywhere to start.
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  11. Tilt the device slowly to take your panorama.
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  12. When you are finished, tap the Check icon to complete.
    Note: This device has a 8MP Auto focus Rear-facing camera and a 3.5MP Fixed focus Front-facing camera. The video recorder is 1080p. To take a screenshot on the Surface 3, press and hold the Windows button and then pressing the Volume down button. The screen dims for a second as the image is captured. The image is saved in the Screenshots folder of the Pictures library. 
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