Microsoft has bundled several Metro apps along with Windows 8 Release Preview. Camera is one of them. It exploits the abilities of your webcam.
Following the Metro principles, it provides a very minimal interface, focusing the screen only on what it does – taking photos and recording videos.
Using Metro apps is really fun. Camera is a proof of that – I just spent half an hour making faces in front of the app, which mutely kept clicking photos.
Though the intention of this app seems mostly to flaunt the Metro UI, and provide guidelines to developers, it comes in handy when you want to store a spontaneous moment into a photo or video.
You can click photos through your webcam. Also, you can record videos using this app.
How to Launch It
- Invoke the Start Screen by hitting Windows Key.
- Search for the “Camera” app tile. Clicking it will launch the app.
- As an alternative, type “Camera” on the Start Screen. The app will come up in the search result list. Clicking it will launch the app.
The app doesn’t waste time in any greetings and immediately presents you with the live feed of your webcam. All it takes is a click (or tap) on the screen. The app will click a photo, or start video recording.
It is still not a total barebones app, though. It provides you several options like
- Change resolution of photos and videos
- Change brightness and contrast of the camera
- Select audio device for video recording
- Timer facility. The photo or video will be taken after certain delay time.
- Share the clicked photos or recorded videos directly from the app.