Taking pictures in a flash (pun totally intended)

Will you be ready?
By Joseph Holder on 31 May 2011 02:21 pm EDT

Think about the (next / last) time your (child / pet / friend) does something that's so (cute / amazing / hilarious) that it deserves to be (sent to grandma / uploaded to YouTube / submitted to FailBlog). Too bad you don't have a camera. Wait, this BlackBerry takes pictures, right? Does it do video, too? Where's the... is in Media.... Uh... Blast. You've missed it.

Stick a pin in that thought. How easy is it to find your pictures or video on your BlackBerry? All you have to do is get to the media screen and then click / tap pictures or video. If you're a media-lovin' fool like me, you know how to start playing a video pretty quickly. Instead of choosing a video to watch or a picture to look at, take a look at the top of the screen.

Hidden in plain sight at the top of both the pictures and video apps are links to start the respective cameras. I, for one, have an oddly difficult time finding the icons for the cameras; and my convenience key has long since been dedicated to other functions. So I found a better and faster way to get to my cameras.

I just open the media folder and click or tap which ever app was most like what I wanted to do (e.g., pictures app to take a picture, etc.). I know exactly how to find and use those media features. By clicking one more button, you can quickly add some new memories to your BlackBerry.

Media -> Pictures -> Camera, done! Media -> Video -> Video Camera, done!

Reader comments

Taking pictures in a flash (pun totally intended)


Moving the camera to the homescreen? Wouldn't this be much faster and on par with having it set to a convenience key?

I find it easier on my Storm2 to tap the media and then camera (first option in my sorting) than clicking the convenience key... depends on everyone's tastes, comfort and phone model I guess

Good idea Joseph, I'd never noticed that option either. I miss the days of having 2 convenience keys on my BlackBerry, right for camera, left for screenshot.

Too bad RIM is phasing out physical buttons to be more Apple-like. They've single-handedly put QuickLaunch out-of-business.

or just download sixtools for your blackberry and asign the volume up key for camera and volume down key for video camera

I use QuickLaunch double click on the convenience key to launch camera and triple click to launch video camera. I have a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old so I need my BlackBerry camera ready at all times.

Yeah, quick launch...You can put in keyboard shortcuts.

Launch Quick launch - convenience key or space bar.

This is how I have it set-up.


PIC - opens up media folder to view picturs.
VID - opens up video folder to view videos
V - starts up video camera.

Launch camera - I use the right convenience key. I don't miss out on much of the action.