Microsoft has done a lot of tweaking to its Windows Camera app in 2018 and the company is back with a new update. The default camera tool for Windows 10 has been bumped to version v2018.426.70.0 through a new update.

It is worth noting the update is currently exclusive to the Release Preview and Fast Ring branches of the Windows Insider Program. If you are not an Insider, you will need to wait for the release to come to Windows 10 proper.

Either way, all users at one time or another will get v2018.426.70.0 of the Camera app and find a couple of new features. The first is more dynamics when rotating the camera, while more image taking options have been included.

The changelog for this update is as follows:

  • Camera Rotation: It is now possible to rotate the camera 90 °, 180 ° or 270 ° before taking pictures or recording videos.
  • Take a picture: It is now possible to take a picture simply by holding down the camera button.

Recent Improvements

Earlier this year and through the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Microsoft made some UX changes to the Camera app.

Seven changes were made in total, in an effort to make the app more efficient and customizable. The changes made to the app included:

  • Users can now use all their attached cameras in parallel (if the OS allows) on different app windows.
  • The last used camera is always remembered and the next time the app opens we try to load that camera first
  • The last used scene is always remembered (video, photo) and that is the one we load first the next time the app is launched
  • Users can select now more photo resolutions (before there was only max resolution per ratio) and more video ratios (before there was only 16:9)
  • The brightness slider (which is widely available on all USB cameras) is more smooth (more stops) and shows the actual selected brightness value to the user
  • Swipe left on the capture button to show all sliders is not anymore possible
  • Wheeling on the capture button between scenes (photo, video) is not anymore possible