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Tips and Tricks: Camera Settings

BlackBerry Pearl outside cameraOur feature article in this issue of BlackBerry® Connection® describes how to get the most out of the camera included with your BlackBerry smartphone. In Tips & Tricks, we dig deeper and provide step-by-step instructions on how to master all of the options the camera offers.

 


Tips for Viewing Pictures

home screen imageUse a picture as the Home Screen Image

  1. In the media application, click Pictures.
  2. Click a category.
  3. Highlight a picture.
  4. Press the Menu key.
  5. Click Set As Home Screen Image.

To clear the picture from the Home screen, press the Menu key. Click Reset Home Screen Image.

View pictures as a slide show
A slide show displays all pictures in a category or folder.

  1. In the media application, click Pictures.
  2. Click a category.
  3. If necessary, click a folder.
  4. Highlight a picture.
  5. Press the Menu key.
  6. Click View Slide Show.

To close the slide show, press the Escape key.

 

Tips for Taking Pictures

Zoom in to or out from a subject
In the camera, perform one of the following actions:

  • To zoom in, roll the trackball up.
  • To zoom out, roll the trackball down.

camera lightingChange options for pictures or videos to compensate for different lighting conditions

  1. In the camera or video camera, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Perform any of the following actions:
    • To change the default flash mode for pictures, change the Default Flash Setting field.
    • To turn on low-light mode for videos, change the Video Light field.
    • To compensate for the current lighting conditions, change the White Balance field.

camera set picture sizeSet picture size

  1. In the camera, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Set the Picture Size field.
  4. Press the Menu key.
  5. Click Save.

camera set picture qualitySet picture quality
You can set the fineness of detail that the camera captures in pictures. The finer the detail of a picture, the more memory the picture requires.

  1. In the camera, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Set the Picture Quality field.
  4. Press the Menu key.
  5. Click Save.

camera color effectsApply a color effect to pictures
You can apply a sepia or black-and-white color effect to pictures that you take.

  1. In the camera, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Change the Color Effect field.
  4. Press the Menu key.
  5. Click Save.

What to do if the flash dims or turns off
If the battery power level drops below 20 percent, the flash dims to conserve battery power. In cold temperatures, when the battery power level drops below 20 percent, the flash might turn off.

Tips for Storing Pictures

View the number of remaining pictures
In the camera, if the viewfinder is not occupying the full screen, the approximate number of pictures that you can save to the device memory or the media card appears in the lower-left corner of the screen. Inserting an optional media card into your BlackBerry smartphone will let you save more pictures.

camera change location of storageChange the location for storing pictures or videos

  1. In the camera or video camera, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Perform one of the following actions:
    • In the camera, change the Store Pictures and Folder fields.
    • In the video camera, change the Folder field.
  4. Press the Menu key.
  5. Click Save.

What to do if you can't save pictures or videos
Your BlackBerry® smartphone memory or media card might not have enough available memory to store pictures or videos. Try performing the following actions:

  • If you are trying to save a picture to your smartphone memory, delete old data or messages from your smartphone.
  • If you are trying to save a picture or video on your media card, delete old media files.
  • In the camera options, verify that the Picture Quality field is not set to Superfine. Superfine pictures use more memory than fine or normal pictures.
  • Increase the maximum amount of memory available for pictures.

 

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