Snap Camera brings Snapchat lenses to your desktop video chats

Among Windows enthusiasts, the lack of a Snapchat app during Windows 10 Mobile's heyday was a bit of a sore point. That's still not changing, but Snap today surprised everyone by launching a desktop app for Windows. But don't get too excited: this isn't the full Snapchat experience.

Called Snap Camera, the new app lets you use one of Snapchat's most iconic features, lenses, with your PC's webcam. While you still won't be able to send snaps back and forth to your friends like you can on mobile, Snap Camera lets you spice up your video chats, game streaming sessions, and anything else that uses your camera.

Yes, that means you can add a set of virtual puppy dog ears to your head the next time you're in a Skype chat. Just try to remember to turn it off before any business meetings.

Snap Camera

For game streamers, in particular, Snap Camera has some interesting additions. There's a dedicated Twitch extension that you can use to "reward new subscribers with custom Lens reactions," according to Snap. But the app also includes some special lenses that can turn you into characters from popular games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and PlayerUknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG).

It may not be the full-fledged Snapchat app many were begging for on Windows 10 Mobile, but Snap Camera looks to be a fun addition for Windows. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can download Snap Camera for free right now.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Seems overrated.
  • Nice to have it in my surface!
  • for the hell of it, microsoft should ban it. Speigel has announced it many times that he hates microsoft a lot. and didnt want windows mobile to succeed.
  • Karma hit that guy enough already. Snap is a joke, and he knows it, and Instagram is stealing all of their features and making way more money off of it, and he can't do anything about it.
  • I've never met a single person that uses Instagram's Snapchat ripoff features instead of Snapchat itself.
  • I'm on a college campus and apparently Instagram is a thing again now and people do use Stories and stuff. I use both sparingly and I mentioned Snapchat to someone and they just said, "snapchat's dead" - it wasn't a person involved in tech flame wars lol. It was a regular user. And younger people (ironically) are moving to Instagram
  • Yeah Instagram stories have become a thing again
  • Really? I have met hundreds
  • Because people still care about windows mobile
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  • F this dude, boycott this ********. He should see no help from us ever!!!
  • Snapchat boycotted WP, a right they have and executed, now as of last week, they continue to lose users (2million) which showed in their qtly returns and rented their stock price. So, they want to tap into 700million Windows 10 users. They can count me out because I will never use any product by that guy or his company. FYI, Instagram is a thing.
  • What goes around comes around. Plus there is nothing unique about filters.
  • My son wanted to use 'Snap Camera' on a video chat with one of his friends that moved away recently, so I set it up for him. They make it seem like a plug and play solution in the videos but it can get a little more complicated. Basically, you have to install it, then run it alongside the service you are using, Skype, YouTube, Twitch, whatever. Then go into the services settings/webcam options and switch from your integrated camera to Snap Camera. It's not that hard, but it's not exactly the process I was expecting. For anyone in a similar boat, the link has a quick Skype setup guide. On a side note, if you're in your 20's you probably won't find it exciting....