[Windows Phone] Tip #1. Camera Lenses

​Few people know about the camera lenses on Windows Phone, something really cool that every Windows Phone has and that can delight from the most very professional photograper to the most junior selfie-maniac.

Photolenses will enhance the camera experience on your phone allowing you to create 360 experiences, capture notes from a whiteboard directly into word or OneNote just with a photo click, listen the latest Justin Bieber single just pointing at the CD barcode or translating with your camera to another language whatever you have in front of you.

Just let’s take a quick look:

First thing you have to do is open your camera on Windows Phone:

– For those devices that don’t have camera physical button, just go to the apps list (swipe your finger from right to left on the screen) and look for camera app. Better to pin it into the start screen for next time use (just hold your finger for 2 seconds on the app).

– For those devices with the camera button, just click on it once (it works even when the phone is locked or turned off!).


​The camera lenses are located on the camera view on the “bubble”icon.

1- Click on the lenses button before you take the photo

2- Select your desired lenses

3- Use the lenses special features to capture and save the photo.

4- Always remember that whatever picture you take will be saved in your phone and in your One Drive Cloud service automatically, in case you want to access to your pictures from any other device or computer. 

Here a list of the most useful lenses on Windows Phone:

Office Lenses: Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable, and saves them to OneNote. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files too. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitalize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don’t lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!

Translator: Translator is your companion when you need to overcome the language barrier. Use your camera, voice or keyboard to enter text you want to translate. Use Translator on-the-go, even when you don’t have an Internet connection.

Handyscan: Handyscan is a portable document scanner and document keeper.

With this app you can scan anything into your phone and carry it with you, send it by email or save it to the cloud.

From receipts to contracts; from comics to class lessons, magazines & newspaper articles, old photos, notes, souvenirs, balance statements, contact cards, brochures, signatures, invoices, etc, etc, etc.


And much more! http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/collections/apps-with-photo-lenses/e0cfe0f7-f08a-4f9d-b5f9-ba0699d29b7f

That’s all for now

Have fun!

More information about how to use the lenses: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj206990(v=vs.105).aspx


About Eduardo Ortega Bermejo

Technical Evangelist and good guy
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