Changes in the Windows Camera app

Some of our Windows Insiders may have noticed changes in the Windows Camera application. What’s in these for you? You will get a more personalized experience, like remembering the last camera and scene used, handling two cameras simultaneously, and more resolution options.

What did we actually change? We made some core changes to the architecture of the product to remove features for unsupported devices and functionality that’s now duplicated in core Windows functionality. We know that sometimes big changes like this can introduce problems, so we have been rolling these changes out to our Insider audience and testing on the broadest range of devices possible.

Why did we make this change? From our engineers’ perspective, the complexity of the Camera app made it difficult to innovate, fix bugs, and deliver new features. From your perspective as a user, the app had performance problems during photo capture time, a lack of new features, and sometime app failure. We think that this set of changes will bring all Camera app users a much higher quality experience.

Changes you’ll see:

  • You can now use all your attached cameras at once (if the OS allows) on different app windows. For example, if you’re recording video on your right camera, you can also attach a photo to your email on your left camera.
  • The last camera you used is always remembered, and the next time the app opens, it will try to load that camera first.
  • The last scene you used is always remembered for video and photo, and that’s what it will load first the next time the app is launched.
  • You can now select more photo resolutions (before there was only max resolution per ratio) and more video ratios (before there was only 16:9).
  • The brightness slider, which is widely available on all USB cameras, is more smooth (more stops) and shows the actual selected brightness value.
  • Swiping left on the capture button to show all sliders is not possible anymore.
  • Wheeling on the capture button between scenes in photo or video is not possible anymore.