Top 10 camera tips for BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry Z10 camera
By Simon Sage on 16 Feb 2013 09:18 am EST

BlackBerry 10 is jam-packed with software functions to make the most of your your Z10's camera. TimeShift, the built-in Story Maker, and the finely tuned still image editing tools are but the tip of the iceberg, though.

A few practical usage tips will go a long way to making snaps their best. The BlackBerry 10 camera isn't too shabby if you know how to use it, all it takes is a little know-how.

Read on for our top ten camera tips for BlackBerry 10!

Top Ten Must-Know BlackBerry 10 Camera Tips

1. Use the hardware volume control keys to take your picture instead of obscuring the screen with a finger.

2. Drag and move the cursor on screen to change the point of focus and how exposure is calculated (which can dramatically improve shots in low lighting conditions)

3. Make heavy use of the editing tools in the Pictures application; they can significantly improve your photos.

4. Try to stay as still as possible when taking shots to prevent blurring, and enable Stabilization mode if you're on the move.

5. Remember that the TimeShift camera doesn't have flash; in dark circumstances, it may be better to just take a regular still with the flash on

6. To set a picture as a contact image, tap the thumbnail in the bottom-left after taking the picture, tap the overflow menu button in the bottom right, then Set As, and Contacts.

7. Splice together still photos and video clips with the Story Maker application to create rich slideshows. 

8. If you intend on sharing a video wirelessly, shoot in 720p instead of 1080p by tapping the menu key in the bottom-right and then the resolution toggle.

9. Don't try flipping the phone around and taking a picture of yourself with the primary camera. Tap the menu button in the bottom-right and tap the Switch Camera button to take the shot from the forward-facing camera.

10. Long press the camera icon from the bottom-right of the lock screen to get right to shooting without having to unlock the device.


One of the fine camera developers at QNX shot over some extra tips, plus one of our commenters had a great one to add in.

- Wait for focus indicators to turn green! We prioritized immediacy of capture over focus so you don't miss moments.

- Drag focus box back to center to return to continuous-auto-focus mode. You'll notice the box is larger in CAF mode

- CLASS MATTERS! Use class 10 SD Card (or internal flash) if recording video @ 1080p. Files >4GB now possible!

- Try burst shooting mode if you are worried about missing the moment.

- For more megapixels in your photos, switch to 4:3 aspect ratio. 8MP on the rear-facing camera in 4:3 vs 6MP @ 16:9.

- Finally: more advanced camera apps to come! The BB10 Camera App only showcases a subset of the platform's features

- When recording video, tap the lamp icon to turn the video light on & off. (Handy as a flashlight in a pinch!)

- Tap and drag the thumbnail image in the camera app up and to the right to get a closer look without opening it in a separate app.

More BlackBerry 10 Tips and Tricks 

That should help you get started on making the most out of the camera on any BlackBerry 10 device. Z10 owners, how are you finding the picture quality on the pictures you're taking? 

Get BlackBerry 10 Help in CrackBerry's BlackBerry 10 Forums
Check out our BlackBerry 10 Hub tips
Check out our BlackBerry 10 E-mail tips
Check out our BlackBerry 10 Browser tips
View more BlackBerry 10 Help Articles

Reader comments

Top 10 camera tips for BlackBerry 10


Here's another tip: after taking a picture, you can tap, hold, and drag the thumbnail upwards and to the right, to take a sneak peak of the photo you just took. Pretty neat, actually.

That's awesome... so much quicker than selecting the photo, as the processor doesn't have to open all photos, just a quick preview... brilliant.

Quick question for Z10 owners... In the video once the camera was accessed, he was then able to swipe up and minimize the camera app and then access his device; was the password bypassed or is it that there's no password on his device?

I have a password on mine and if you access the camera from the lock screen and then swipe it to close it, you are brought back to the lock screen and have to enter your password to gain access. Also, if you're in the camera while the device is locked, you can not gain access to pictures already saved on the device.

Hey! I'd like to see barcode and qr code reading built into the camera app so that when you focus on a barcode or qr code, the the camera automatically picks it up and acts accordingly so there would be no need to open up another app for this function.

A few isues that that I can't fathom how to do on the z10 that were easy on my 9800
1. how do i add a number I just called to contacts without swithching apps
2. how do I attach a picture or file to text message or email; again with0ut switching apps
3. from contacts how do I send a text; again without switching apps

Any advice greatly appreciated

I've run out of space on my SD Card. How do you switch to saving on internal memory?

Posted via CB10

1. Why can't I use anti-shake AND flash at the same time? I can do that on my 9810
2. Where are the MACRO and TEXT capabilities? The minimum focus distance is too far on the Q10

well... I really miss my 9810 camera functions.