How to set up the camera on your phone or tablet: a simple instruction
Read in our article detailed instructions on how to set up the camera on an Android phone or tablet. Simple explanations for incomprehensible settings.
Are you disappointed in your smartphone due to low-quality photos? Have you tried to configure the pre-installed Camera application? If you do not know the meaning of some points, then check out our article. We will try to help you achieve the best quality shots.
Now you will not find on sale smartphones without a built-in camera. The work of this module provides a pre-installed application. It can be “Google Camera”, or something from the manufacturer of the smartphone. In any case, the program will be sharpened for automatic shooting. However, there are some manual settings in the "Camera" too. And you need to use them. otherwise you will not always get good shots.
How to take a photo on your phone: simple tips before shooting
But first you need to understand that the quality of photos depends not only on the settings. No matter how trite it may sound, but before you press the shutter button, you need to make a little preparation:
- Wipe the lens of the lens. this element is prone to fogging and coating with all kinds of dirt. Not for nothing that professional photographers constantly carry with them a clean rag that wipes optics.
- Try to find the right angle. do not shoot against the sun, as the tiny matrix of the smartphone does not have enough dynamic range. And try to ensure that the viewer’s eye follows from the upper right to the lower left corner of the final photo (unless you are shooting a portrait).
- Turn on the self-timer or voice control. this rule must be followed in low light. The fact is that touching the shutter button will slightly shake the smartphone, and with a slow shutter speed, this will blur the picture.
- Try to shoot on the back (main) camera. in most cases it has a larger matrix, and higher resolution, and better sensitivity. Take a selfie on the rear camera allows a monopod with a mirror.
- Forget about digital zoom. get those thoughts out of your head! If you need to zoom in, just go to the object. Some modern smartphones have optical zoom (the dual camera has lenses with different focal lengths). you can use it.
But stop thinking about the preparation! It’s time to talk about how to set up the camera on the phone.
How to configure the camera on the phone: Global settings
Existing settings of the "Camera" can be divided into two categories. The first includes parameters that globally affect the final result. They are located in a special section, access to which is provided after clicking on the "Settings" icon (in the application itself, of course). The second category includes the parameters of the shooting itself. shutter speed, ISO, white balance and more. First, let’s figure out what awaits you in the menu called “Settings”:
- Image size. this parameter determines how many pixels the image will consist of. Also, this item may be called “photo resolution”. Feel free to choose the most affordable option.
- Video size. or its resolution. Likewise, select the highest setting (4K, Full HD or, in extreme cases, HD). Note that at the highest resolution, some shooting modes, for example, high-speed video, may not be available.
- Video frequency. determines how fast it will be written. The higher the parameter, the smoother the picture will be. The best choice is 50 or 60 frames / s. But cheap smartphones for such high-speed shooting do not have enough processor power, in which case you will have to do with a smaller parameter.
- Overview of images. if you activate this switch, then after pressing the shutter button, you will see the final image. They will be shown for a few seconds. If the switch is not active, then you can instantly take the next frame, and the photo will immediately go to the "Gallery".
- Timer. or self-timer. After pressing the shutter button, the selected number of seconds passes, after which a frame is taken.
- Grid. its display allows you to align the horizon line. In the final photograph of the grid, of course, there will not be.
- Photo quality. how strongly the image will be compressed depends on this parameter. Choose “Maximum Quality”. then you will get the best result. Other parameters may lead to some image blurring.
- Geotags. this switch determines whether the geographic coordinates of the location will be entered in the photo tags.
- Storage location. select “SD card”, if available on your device.
- Flicker suppression. fluorescent lamps in different countries flicker at different frequencies. This setting allows you to suppress the flicker effect, but at the same time you need to choose a specific frequency. 50 or 60 Hz.
- Voice control. this item is not available on every smartphone. This function is to take pictures using a voice command.
- Volume key. determines what actions are assigned to the corresponding button during shooting. For example, it can become an additional shutter button. Or, pressing it will start filming.
- Gesture management is another shooting method implemented in some smartphones. For example, a self-timer can trigger a raised hand or smile.
- Optical stabilization. turns on on some devices. It allows you to make the shutter speed longer without increasing the risk of blurring the frame. But best of all, the action of the stabilizer is noticeable when shooting video.
These are the main parameters contained in the corresponding section of the standard Camera application. Understanding and correctly applying these or those settings will help you decide how to configure the camera on your phone. But in some smartphones there are additional settings. it all depends on the imagination of the manufacturer and his skills.
If you want to get excellent shots, then you must wean yourself from the constant use of automatic mode. We can spend hours painting you how to set up the camera on your phone, but if you use only presets, this will help you little in difficult cases. Try in difficult shooting conditions to adjust those or other settings, often available directly during cropping.
- Flash. can be turned off, forced on or to work in automatic mode. In the third case, the system itself will decide whether it is worth activating the flash now. The result of her work depends on the specific implementation and shooting conditions. Once it really can save a picture, and in other cases, its use only spoils the frame.
- ISO. the so-called photosensitivity. As the frame rises, more energy is supplied to the matrix, as a result of which the data is read from it a little better. But in return, the picture can get a certain amount of digital noise. random flickering dots. Noise is most noticeable when viewing a photograph at a 100 percent scale. You should think about ISO only in poor lighting conditions, you should definitely not raise this parameter too much, otherwise the result will surprise you unpleasantly.
- Exposure. adjustable only on some smartphones. This parameter refers to how long the diaphragm will be open. The longer. the more light the matrix will receive. But it’s worth overdoing how the overexposure happens.
- Exposition. is marked with an icon in the form of a square with plus and minus. This is the easiest way to make the frame brighter or darker.
- Aperture. the degree of its disclosure is regulated only on some devices. Again, how much light gets into the frame depends on the diameter of the hole.
- Metering. it depends on how the system will determine how bright the frame is.
- White balance. makes the image warmer or colder. Typically, automation and without human intervention cope with its task. But if you shoot in unusual lighting conditions, it is better to choose one or another white balance manually.
- HDR. when this function is turned on, the camera will create several frames at once with different exposures. Then all this is combined into one shot, from which too dark and too overexposed areas are excluded. But it takes time to create several frames, so in HDR mode you do not need to photograph moving objects.
These are the few settings that you can usually choose right at the time of shooting. But almost any Camera application also provides different operating modes. This should also be discussed.
Camera shooting modes on phones
By default, the application activates normal photography. In it you can switch to the front camera. Or go to the video. In addition, the application provides several other shooting modes:
- Panorama. this mode is ideal for shooting natural and urban landscapes. Several pictures are automatically created in it, after which they are stitched into one frame. It turns out a very wide photo, allowing you to examine in detail the surrounding area.
- Beauty-shooting. when this mode is activated, the application will try to smooth the skin and make other improvements to the image. The mode is primarily imprisoned for shooting with the front camera.
- Background blur. shooting in this mode can be implemented in various ways. Best of all, the background manages to blur smartphones with a dual camera. If the device has one lens, then the background is blurred either by the software method, or after a certain movement of the device from top to bottom.
- GIF animation. in fact, in this mode a video is shot, but with a frequency of only about one frame per second. The resulting pictures are combined into one GIF-animation, which you can then post on a social network.
- Burst shooting. in this mode, you can take several frames at once (the processor’s power affects the exact number of frames). Then you can choose the best shot, or leave all of them in your memory. A good mode for shooting children, cars, sports and other active scenes.
- Night is a special mode for shooting in low light conditions. It automatically increases photosensitivity, and the shutter speed becomes longer.
- High-speed shooting (slow-mo). smartphones with a very powerful processor have this mode. The mode is used when shooting movies. The camera in it makes a very large number of frames per second. Then the video can be slowed down so that the movement of the subject will be visible in all details.
These are the most popular modes found in standard Camera applications. There are some specific modes, but talking about them in a short article does not make much sense.
Now you know what these or those camera settings are responsible for. Act wisely. so you will squeeze out all the possibilities even from the simplest smartphone or tablet! And don’t forget that you can always download more functional camera apps on Google Play.
What to do if the camera stops working on Android
It is difficult to imagine the owner of a modern gadget who would use it only for calls and messaging. Smartphones and tablets have combined almost everything. a phone, an alarm clock, audio and video players, and much more. And suddenly it happens that the camera does not work on Android. How to fix this problem?
Causes of Camera Failure
One of the important modules of current gadgets may stop working for a number of reasons, among which several main ones can be distinguished:
- System firmware update. Due to an incorrect procedure or some kind of malfunction during the update process, the settings of various modules very often fly off.
- Virus attack. The number and variety of malware is quite large.
- Device damage. Various mechanical influences (falling, shock, falling under water, etc.) may cause the camera to malfunction.
- Garbage. The camera has a sensor whose pollution or dust can interfere with its operation.
- Module cache. This is a purely software reason.
In any of these cases, various messages may appear on the screen (for example, it says “Camera failure”), the window may freeze, crash, or appear only as a black screen. So what if the camera stops working on the phone?
How to solve a problem
Reset to factory settings
This method will fix the problem with the settings of the system and module that arose for one reason or another. But you need to do this correctly, for which:
- first make a backup copy of the necessary files and data, as well as the system itself (this item is optional, but it is better not to neglect it);
- then go to the device settings, General tab;
- find the item “Backup and reset” (in different versions of Android and models the name may differ);
- in the new window, select "Reset Settings";
- Get acquainted with the information about what data will be deleted;
- ensure that the battery level is at least 30%;
- start reset;
- after finishing, you can check the camera and configure the device.
If after returning to the factory settings the gadget still displays an error message, you should check it for viruses. There are two ways to do this:
- connect the phone or tablet to a PC and scan with a computer program;
- Install the utility directly on the gadget.
In any case, you need to do a deep check.
External and internal cleaning
It will be useful to clean the device from various debris, both internal and external. In the first case, it is enough to wipe the lens with a special cloth or clean, but with the application of a special tool. You can also disassemble the phone and clean it, but for this it is better to contact a specialist for help.
Internal cleaning involves deleting the module cache, for which:
- go to settings, General tab;
- select the item "Applications";
- swipe right from left several times to get to the All tab;
- we find the camera and go into it;
- in the window that appears, we need the "Clear Cache" button.
Installation of special utilities
If none of the methods discussed above solved the problem, there is another option with installing programs on the gadget that will work just like a standard camera. An example of such applications is Camera MX.
The specified application has its own menu, which contains the main page with the start of shooting, a gallery of files from the device’s memory, as well as a large number of different effects. With this program, you can make funny and original selfies, including GIFs that keep you moving.
It can be used when working with such applications as the main one, i.e. rear and front cameras, which means that functionally many of them can be even better than the standard module. If, however, when using such utilities, you still cannot get the image, then the problem is much more serious.
In this case, it remains only to contact the service center. It will also be advisable in the case when the warranty period on the tablet or phone has not yet expired.
Focus Focus Video
This video shows how to set focus.
Using the front camera in a Lenovo smartphone
Of course, not all Lenovo smartphones have the ability to shoot the front (front) and rear (main) cameras, since the first may simply not be. If you have both of these cameras in your phone, then another problem arises. how to switch the main camera (it turns on when you open the Camera application by default), to the front one, for example, for taking selfies or communicating via video chats.
- Open the "Camera" application.
- An icon in the form of a small camera will appear in the upper right or left corner (depending on the orientation of the smartphone), surrounded by circular arrows.
- Click on this icon to switch the camera.
To switch back to the main camera, you will also need to click on this icon.
In the front camera mode, depending on the smartphone model, some settings and functions related to the shooting quality that are present when using the main camera may not be available to you. This is due to the fact that, as a rule, an additional camera in a smartphone physically has a simpler design and lower resolution.
On Android, the front or main camera does not turn on. what to do
If the camera does not turn on on Android, the causes of the problem may lie in software errors or problems at the hardware level. The user can cope with errors in the system’s work on his own, but replacing a failed component will require specialist intervention.
This article is suitable for all brands producing smartphones on Android: Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, LG, Sony, ZTE, Huawei, Meizu, Fly, Alcatel, Xiaomi, Nokia and others.
Possible reasons why the camera does not turn on
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If you did not drop or hit the device with Android, but at some point you found that the camera is not working, then most likely the reason for this is a software error. It could be:
- Incorrect camera setup.
- Application Conflict.
- Out of memory.
- Cache overflow.
- Infection with viruses.
- Incorrect firmware.
If everything is in order with the system, pay attention to the physical state of the module. The camera may not turn on due to mechanical damage after an impact or a fall, lens contamination.
What to do
If the camera suddenly stops turning on, reboot the device. Restarting the system will help eliminate non-critical failures and return the application for taking photos and videos to a healthy state.
If the camera turns on but does not save the photo, check its settings. Notice which save path is specified. Often there is a situation that in the settings a memory card is selected, which is currently removed from the device. Try resetting the camera to default settings (not all Android versions have this option).
Pay attention to the memory status: if there is no space, then photos and videos have nowhere to be saved. Perhaps the problem is not in the camera itself, but in the application that serves it. To fix errors, clear the standard program cache:
- Open the settings.
- Go to the "Applications" section.
- Select the standard Camera app.
- Clear data and cache.
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If the standard application does not work, download another program with camera functions from the Play Market. However, keep in mind that just the presence of such an application may be the reason that the camera will not turn on. Try different applications and configurations to see if they affect the module’s performance.
Another reason could be viruses infecting your device. To exclude this option, install several antivirus utilities and scan the system. It will be useful to check the camera in safe mode Android. If it starts there, but in normal mode. no, clean the system from viruses and suspicious applications.
You can use a factory reset to roll back to the factory state. All data will be deleted from the memory, but you will probably know that there are no conflicting or malicious applications on the phone.
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If problems in the camera’s operation occurred after updating the system or flashing the device, then a logical solution would be a rollback to the previous state. You will have to re-flash the device using the verified official assembly.
If you understand that the problem is hardware, contact a service center for a professional diagnosis and replacement of damaged components. Self-intervention in the operation of the device can lead to even more serious problems.