Windows as an operating system was initially designed to run on computers and PCs. But over the years, Microsoft slowly transformed it to run on different types of hardware including handheld devices like tablets, 2-in-1 convertible laptops, gaming consoles, and more.
The company started exploring the possibilities of making Windows a versatile operating system that could run on any type of device and started including features, services and apps accordingly. Features like a bigger context menu to suit the touchscreen devices, a dedicated Tablet mode, etc are part of it. In fact, the entire Windows 11’s centrally placed taskbar setup is from the concept of Windows Surface Neo, a 2-in-1 device from the company showcased a couple of years ago.
Similarly, Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems also come with a dedicated camera app. But the question here is why a desktop operating system comes with a camera app. And, if there’s a camera app, what it can do and how users can use it. Let us explain…
Why Windows 10/Windows 11 comes with a camera app
The camera app on Windows 10 and Windows 11 comes pre-installed with the operating system, just like we get a camera app with our Android devices or iPhones or iPads. For the most part, it also works like any other camera app. You open the app, it will turn on your webcam (if you’ve one connected to your computer) and let you record videos and capture photos like any regular camera app.
But, why there’s a need for a camera app on Windows. Well, as mentioned above, Microsoft has designed the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems keeping a wide range of hardware in mind. So, the camera app works with the regular webcam that comes with the laptops or external webcams that you’ve attached via USB or with both front and back cameras in case you happen to own a Windows-powered 2-in-1 laptop, convertible laptop or tablet.
What all the Windows camera app can do?
The Windows camera app is pretty limited in terms of features. It usually comes with two shooting modes — Photo and Video. Along with that, there are some other settings like HDR Pro, Time-lapse and timer. That’s pretty much it. There are no fancy modes on offer here like we get on our smartphones. The main reason behind it could be the limited capabilities of the webcam that usually manufacturers put on their laptops.
Apart from that, the Camera app also lets users choose the photo resolution and video resolution from the Settings.
What’s the use of the camera on Windows devices
Well, if you happen to own a regular laptop or desktop computer, it can be used to capture photos and videos. For instance, it can be used to record video blogs, make tutorial videos and more.
But, if you have a tablet or 2-in-1 device that has a rear camera available. The camera app can switch between the front and rear camera to capture photos and videos like a regular smartphone or tablet.