How Do I take a Photo?

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To launch the Camera app, tap on the "Camera" icon.  icon_camera.png

Briefly about Camera's settings

Two ways to take a picture:

  1. You can immediately take a picture by tapping the capture button     take_picture.png.

  2. It is possible to take a picture by pressing down one of the volume keys, aiming and then releasing the key. This is the best way of taking sharp pictures (Note: Android applications' cameras might not support this feature!).

Note that the Camera app can be operated both in portrait and landscape orientations.


The picture below presents the viewfinder view of the camera. On top there is the toolbar row, and by touching it all of the options will appear.

At bottom left you can adjust the exposure easily. The capture button is at bottom in the middle in this case.

The square in the middle is the focus area. The camera sets the focus according to the distance and illumination of it. It is possible to move the focus area to a different location in the "Tap to focus" mode (see "Adjusting settings" below).


Flicking through captured photos in Camera

When you have taken a photo, swipe right to see the photos you've taken with the camera. This view is called the "Camera roll". It works in a similar way as Gallery: touch the picture and the sharing menu will appear; there is a pull down menu, too, where you can delete such recent pictures which you do not like.

Swiping left will take you back to the Camera viewfinder again.

Pictures are stored in Gallery app

You can later view and manage your pictures in the Gallery app - see the related help articles. On the file system level your pictures go to folder "$HOME/Pictures/Camera". If you view your pictures from a PC over USB, then you can find them under Sailfish device in folder "Phone Memory > Pictures > Camera".

Shutter button

The location of the capture button can be moved on the screen. Tap and hold the viewfinder screen until several circles appear. Tap one to move the capture button there.

Tip: don't miss the video at the end of this article showcasing these features!


Adjusting settings

The settings of Jolla Camera are listed below. Please read more about the settings in this article. The picture below shows all of the options in the viewfinder (see chapter b below).

a) Less frequently needed settings

The less frequently needed settings are located in menu Settings > Apps > Camera. One can select the resolution and form factor of the picture of the front and main (back) cameras in there. In addition, it is possible to select if the GPS coordinates are saved with the picture.

b) Settings useful at the moment of capturing a picture

Exposure compensation

  • Use the button near bottom left corner to adjust the automatic exposure by +/- 2 steps

There are several other controls available for the camera. Pull down the viewfinder (or tap on the icon bar at the top of the viewfinder) to access the options. The following list presents the controls from left to right as they are shown in the portrait orientation:

  • Camera modes: Still camera  and Video camera
  • Flash light: Automatic , Flash off , Flash on
  • White balance: Automatic (AWB) , Cloudy , Sunny , Fluorescent , Tungsten
  • Focus mode: Tap to focus, Infinity focus, Continuous autofocus
  • Light sensitivity: Automatic ISO and  ISO 100, ISO 200 and  ISO 400
  • Viewfinder grid: No grid, Thirds grid, Ambience grid.
  • Capture delay:  0,  3,  10 or  15 seconds
  • Camera selection:  Main camera,  Front camera.

Push up the settings view (or tap on the top most row in the settings view) to get back to the viewfinder to take pictures.


See the video below for an overview of the Camera:

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