How to Set the Camera Resolution on the Nexus 7 Tablet

You don’t always have to set the highest resolution the Nexus 7 tablet can capture for your images, especially when you’re shooting for the web or uploading pictures to Facebook, where you really won’t want the subjects to be completely recognizable. Such low-resolution images have saved many a political career.

When the Camera app is in Single Shot mode, the resolution is set by following these steps, which attempts to illustrate the process.

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  1. Touch the Control icon.

    Three icons appear arched above the Shutter icon.

  2. Touch the Settings icon.

    It’s the middle icon. You just need to touch the icon; you don’t need to drag up your finger. After you touch the icon, a new set of icons appears.

  3. Touch the Picture Size icon.

    The icons disappear, and the Picture Size menu appears.

  4. Choose an available resolution

    QVGA is the lowest resolution, with VGA being the second lowest. The highest resolution is 5M pixels, or 5 megapixels.

Video recording uses image-quality settings, not resolution. To set the image quality when the Camera app is in Video mode, follow the first two steps from the preceding set of steps: Touch the Control icon and then touch the Settings icon. Choose Video Quality from the onscreen menu and then choose one of the three qualities.

As with setting single-shot resolution, the 1080p high-definition resolution isn’t always required. For shooting videos you plan on uploading to the Internet, select the 720p or the lowest quality, 480p.

Resolution and video quality for the front-facing camera are set by switching to the front camera and then following the same steps. The resolution and quality choices are more limited, however, because the front-facing camera is not as sophisticated as the rear camera.

  • Check the resolution or video quality before you shoot! Especially if you know where the video will end up (on the Internet, on a TV, or in an e-mail), it helps to set the quality first.

  • A picture’s resolution describes how many pixels, or dots, are in the image. The more dots, the better the image looks and prints.

  • Megapixel is a measurement of the amount of information stored in an image. One megapixel is approximately 1 million pixels, or individual dots that compose an image. It’s often abbreviated MP.

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