How to Use the Nexus 7 Tablet’s Camera App - dummies

How to Use the Nexus 7 Tablet’s Camera App

Image-recording duties are carried out on the Nexus 7 by using the Camera app. It’s quite a versatile tool, handling all the chores for image capture, from still images to video to fancy feats of panoramic prestidigitation.

  • The Camera app is found on the Home screen, in the Favorites tray. It’s also found, like every other app, on the All Apps screen.

  • When you use the Camera app, the navigation icons (Back, Home, Recent) turn into tiny dots. The icons are still there, and they still work, but you may find them difficult to see.

  • When you first start the Camera app, it asks about location settings. Begin by accepting the settings as presented. You can change them afterwards, if you like.

  • While it’s great that your tablet has a rear-facing camera, only the Nexus 10 features a flash. For the Nexus 7, pictures taken in the dark look, well, dark.

How to take a picture with the Nexus 7

After it’s started, the Camera app takes over the Nexus 7 tablet, turning the touchscreen into a viewfinder. If you’re familiar with other tablet cameras, the Nexus 7’s Camera app interface may strike you as stark. That’s because it is.


To take a still image, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Camera app.

  2. Ensure that the Single Shot icon is chosen as the Camera mode.

    Touch the Camera Mode icon to see the various modes available. Single Shot icon looks like a camera


  3. Point the camera at the subject.

  4. Touch the Shutter icon.

The tablet makes a noise when the picture is snapped. You see the image you’ve taken fly to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then it slides off the edge. The Camera app is ready for you to snap another picture.

Images captured by the Camera app are saved in the Gallery’s Camera album.

  • To review the image you just snapped, swipe the screen to the left. You see a filmstrip of recent camera images stored in the Nexus 7. Swipe to the right (all the way) to return to the Camera app.

  • The camera focuses automatically, though you can drag the focus ring around the touchscreen to specifically adjust the focus.

  • When the markers in the focus ring turn green, the camera is focused. If they turn red, the camera is unable to focus on the object.

  • The Nexus 7 can take pictures in either landscape or portrait orientation. No matter how you take the picture, the image is stored upright. Even so, you can reorient images later.

  • You can take as many pictures as you like as long as you don’t run out of space for them in the tablet’s internal storage.

  • If your pictures appear blurry, ensure that the camera lens on the back of the tablet isn’t dirty.

  • Unlike other devices, the Nexus 7 doesn’t use the Volume key to zoom in or out: To zoom in, pinch the touchscreen. Zoom out by spreading your fingers on the touchscreen.

  • The Nexus 7 stores pictures in the JPEG image file format. Images are stored in the DCIM/Camera folder; they have the jpg filename extension.

How to record video with the Nexus 7

To switch from still images to moving pictures, change to video-recording mode in the Camera app: Choose Video from the Camera Mode icon. The app’s screen changes slightly, with the Shutter icon changing color to red and turning into a Record/Stop icon.

Touch the red Record/Stop icon to start recording. You hear a sound, and a recording timer appears on the screen. Touch the Record/Stop icon again to stop the recording.

  • As with taking a still image, video recorded by the Camera app is kept on the tablet’s internal storage. You can peruse videos by viewing the Camera album in the Gallery.

  • A focus ring doesn’t appear while you’re capturing video.

  • Pinch your fingers on the screen to zoom in while recording. To zoom out, spread your fingers on the screen.

  • You can grab a still image while the tablet is recording: Touch the screen. The image is snapped and saved to the Gallery.

  • Hold steady! The camera still works when you whip the tablet around, but wild gyrations render the video unwatchable.

  • Video is stored on the Nexus 7’s internal storage, specifically in the DCIM/Camera folder. Files are saved in the MPEG-4 video file format and feature the mp4 filename extension.

How to shoot yourself with the Nexus 7

Get ready with your duck face: To take your own mug shot, start the Camera app and touch the Control icon. Touch the Switch icon, as shown in the margin. When you see yourself on the screen, you’re doing it properly.


Smile. Click. You got it.

Touch the Switch icon again to switch back to the rear camera.

How to delete a photo or video immediately after you shoot it

Sometimes you just can’t wait to delete an image or video. Either an irritated person is standing next to you, begging that the photo be deleted, or you’re just not happy with a video and feel the urge to rip the tape straight from the tablet — even though no video tape is being used.

Regardless, hastily follow these steps:

  1. Swipe the screen to the left.

    If you need a reminder of which way to swipe, the thumbnail image of the picture of video slides off the screen to the right after it’s saved. Swiping the screen to the left instantly reveals that photo or video.

  2. Touch the Menu icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  3. Choose the Delete command.

  4. Touch the OK button to confirm and remove the image or video.

Swipe the screen back to the right to return to the Camera app.