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Which camera app do you use as default on Windows Phone?

On Windows Phone, you can select a few apps as your default when snapping photos. By default Windows, Phones have the Camera app from Microsoft. In Windows Phone 8.1, it was updated with a handful of new features like burst mode. You can, of course, change your default camera. Those with a Lumia handset can use Nokia Camera while those with the HTC can use the HTC Camera. Which do you use by default?

Take our poll and let us know. Don't know how to change your default camera on Windows Phone? It's easy. Just go to settings -> swipe over to applications -> photos + camera -> select default camera app.

Don't forget with a Lumia you can grab the beta version of Nokia Camera. This version is a great way to get an early look at future features coming to Nokia Camera.

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399 Comments
  • I use Nokia Camera (Beta) on my 1020
  • Yup.
  • Plus 1
  • Same here
  • Proshot and Nokia camera
  • +925. I'm greedy and I always want the newest of everything.
  • And the newest bugs. Sorry i thought I was in android xd
  • Same here
  • +1020
  • Me too... 920, 1020 and 1520
  • Nokia camera
  • Same on same phone
  • 1020 white?
  • Yeppers! Beta all the way, 1020.
  • How to get nokia camera beta? Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • check the WP store
  • Yep, me too.
  • Bèta as default but once in a while I use pro shot, which is a great shooter too
  • Ditto (on my Lumia 635)
  • Same here
  • Same here
  • I'm using Nokia Camera now on my 1020. What are the current benefits of using Nokia Camera Beta on 1020? If not mistaken most of the cool new features or improvements only applies to newer models like 1520 or 930. p.s.: I think the camera performs very well on Cyan firmware update!
  • Besides having the most up-to-date version of the app? If there's any benefits for the 1020 you'll be the first to get it - doesn't hurt.
  • Dit Ditto on my 920.
  • Nokia camera beta on 1020, 920 and 520 here
  • I use the default one
  • How to get nokia cam beta Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=80b4b4a2-f7aa-49f0-b8ab-7b7390ce1014
  • Same
  • ++1020
  • Same here
  • +Icon
  • Rocking Nokia camera beta on tmo 925
  • Same here
  • Default camera app can be changed?!I never know this! How?
  • Re-read the article. These guys do a great job with step by step instructions to just read the title or first few sentences.
  • Thanks, gotcha.
  • 8.1 makes you change from old one, ask you first time you enter camera
  • I use ProShot as my main camera app
  • It would be nice if you could bind ProShot to the physical camera button shortcut.
  • I think this is fully possible in the OS. But it needs to be exploited by the app developers. I might of course be completely wrong on this..
  • actually, You are. RiseUpGames, the dev of ProShot, is fighting hard for just that.
  • Thanks for clearing that up.
  • Pleasure ^_^
  • No wp doesn't allow for lenses to be opened with camera button, develops of proshot made a uservoice petition to bring that future
  • Only between Microsoft Camera, which is quick and featureless, and Nokia Camera, which is painfully slow and featureful. Other better apps unfortunately can't be set as default :(
  • I love the nokia camera app
  • I use MS camera mainly because the nokia cam starts very slow on my 620
  • Yeah, sometimes I switch back to the stock camera even on the 1520. The loading time isn't bad or anything but the one from Microsoft is fairly instant.
  • I agree the Nokia app is so slow to launch. Thinking of switching back too. 1520.
  • Me too. I also use Proshot for pictures of things like landscapes. I use MS Camera for taking pictures of my cat, Mitty. MS Camera is default for me.
  • I switch back to default cam too. Nokia cam is too slow and clumsy. I only use Nokia cam if I need manual control and raw format for the best image quality
  • Sometimes u just have to use ms camera instead of Nokia one under some circumstances.
  • Couldn't agree more with you. I often missed a moment to be photographed because of the slow start of Nokia Camera. But do you notice any difference of the result picture??
  • The 620 camera is not exactly fantastic using either apps, and i cant tell the difference but it sure gets the job done, i dont use it much for photography, just mostly quick snapshots.
    My friend's 920 definitely started up the Nokia Camera app significantly faster than my 620, speed is currently the main issue for me to not use Nokia Cam, otherwise i personally prefer the Nokia camera app over the MS camera.
  • That's the same reason why I started using Microsoft camera as my default today. Was always using Nokia cam beta but it loads slow on my 620 also
  • Stock cam app also for the same reason.
  • Me too! I use the Microsoft Camera since it starts faster and nice for quick capture with the dedicated shutter button. Nokia Camera is still not as fast but I do use it alot for more advance photography. This is why dedicated shutter button and the Lens feature make sense, which I love on Windows Phone.
  • +520 it is fast and good
  • I have it on my start screen for the same reason. But by default I use Nokia camera
  • same here on my own 620 when scenarios that you need to put out and take emergency shots i use the native cam, but when im not in a hurry and just want to take some shots, i then use nokia camera app
  • +920
  • Same. MS camera for it's quickness!
  • Nokia Camera. It does so well in low light settings.
  • Proshot as daily camera but can't set it as default camera. My default camera is Nokia Camera.
  • I wish we could set it as default :(
  • Yeah! What's with that anyway. ProShot is one of the most serious options but no ability to set as default.
  • I thought I saw an option in Proshot to use a default via the camera button.
  • Edit: Nevermind, I just tried it... it's just a link to the Microsoft Uservoice page suggesting said feature.
  • Don't waste the chance to vote for it.  The more MS sees interest in it, the greater the chance the possibility to set ProShot as default will be.
  • It's a good app but its UI man, it's the ugliest camera app I've ever seen !
  • I user the Nokia camera app, but ProShot most resembles what you get on a DSLR which appeals to photographers / photography enthusiasts.
  • got htc 8x so microsoft default is the only option, but i find myself use proshot most of the time
  • Isn't the HTC camera available for the 8x
  • No it's not. I have the 8X too
  • I thought it was. I've seen it on the sprint version of the 8x
  • Maybe it's something exclusive to different networks or regions. I don't have it on Rogers
  • If it isn't on your phone see if it's in the HTC section of the Windows store.
  • No it's not there either. Oh well. HTC has just been a disappointment for me on so many levels
  • Let's hope that the one m8 is the beginning of something new
  • That is because the Sprint 8X isn't an 8X at all, it's the 8XT, which has different camera hardware, and is more robust in areas, but less in other areas such as the 800x400 screen. It's sort of a cross between the 8S and the 8X, but it's neither...  
  • I see. The default Microsoft camera is still fine though for me
  • HTC camera isn't all that great anyways. The default camera has always done better for me
  • Due to app support for resolution, it's only available for the lower speced screen of the 8xt on Sprint (400x800 vs the 720x1280 of the 8x). Once again showcasing the software support weakness of HTC. Hopefully they realize this and have better software support with the M8.
  • I've been looking for HTC camera app and didn't find anything, used the sysapp and found something called attentive phone which never knew existed. HTC sux in windows phone department, I'm probably switching to 930 next month
  • Was using Nokia camera beta on my 1020, but with my new 1520, I'm now using the non beta. Living images works again.
  • Nokia Camera
  • Nokia camera on my L925 :-)
  • Stock Microsoft camera works fine. 8.1 improvements help
  • On what phone?
  • MS Camera runs faster and i prefer the UI too.
  • I have a 1020 but from what I understand the MS camera wouldn't capture images that high
  • Same here, except I miss the 8.0 camera that actually adhered to the Metro UX guidelines.
  • One thing I found missing on Microsoft Camera though is the timer setting, which is odd since it exist on previous versions. This is a must feature nowdays for trendy people (selfies and such).
  • Is there any difference in the image quality shot by different camera APPs? Supposed in all-auto mode.
  • Nokia camera better in lower light
  • But it seems to be some bugs in the white balance.
  • hoping to nab one!
  • Not really at least I get the same quality in pic. On auto mode on Nokia camera, ms camera, and pro shot. Everything changes in manual mode on pro shot and Nokia camera.
  • Proshot camera did not use the oversample method that Nokia knows how to. Resulting in Nokia camera produces cleaner 5mp oversample image as compare to proshot.
  • Yes.
  • There is indeed difference in quality. Try check AAWP article regarding that. AAWP, shows the best Camera app, is Nokia Camera, leveraging the sensor and software to make 5mp oversample images on Lumia 1020/940/1530 better than proshot and at the same time give you the ability to crop/zoom if you want that microsoft Camera can't.
  • No. ALL the same.
  • NoCam
  • I'd like to use Nokia Camera but the fact that it requires a password to use the ff camera is a deal breaker.
  • Umm, what?? I've had three different Nokia phones ( currently use the 1020 ) never even heard of a password to use the front facing camera, I just checked my settings and there isn't even a option for that, just curious but what phone are you using?
  • Of course there's not a setting, if there was I'd turn it off. I use a 1020 with Lumia Cyan and Update 1
  • If your phone is locked and you turn on the camera you can't use the apps settings. You need to unlock the phone in order to access the settings and ff camera.
  • Yeah, that's what I just said. The fact that I have to unlock my phone to use the ff camera is why I'm not going set Nokia Camera as default.
  • Your original comment was a bit confusing, it sounded like you meant a password was needs every time you wanted to use this feature, I now understand you meant when you activated the camera form a locked phone state, you can unlock the phone from within the camera app ( lock icon in upper left hand side of screen ) which takes less than two seconds to unlock and set ff lens which doesn't seem to unreasonable to me, especially when you consider the much greater quality of the Nokia camera app vs. The Microsoft app, I rarely use the front facing camera personally so I guess i have a hard time understanding the absolute need for speed when using it, but to each their own
  • I often use my ff camera as a mirror to quickly check my appearance. Having to input a long passcode, especially of I don't get it right on the first try, takes an annoying amount of time.
  • Ok, that kinda makes sense, being male I've never considered using my phone for that purpose LOL
  • I'm also male, I just care about what I look like, especially if I have a cause to think something looks weird.
  • Nokia camera..i love it
  • Nokia camera with all its pro features seems the best camera app!
  • Pro Shot
  • You can select Pro Shot as your default? Show me how :p
  • Que the crickets!
  • Nokia camera. Mainly just because I like to focus before snapping the picture. The default camera app focuses and takes the picture at the same time.
  • You can change that in the settings. "Tap to take photo"
  • Sure can. Thanks for that! Now I may be switching back and forth. Torn between default and Nokia camera.
  • Microsoft camera is quite good but I just can't compare it with Nokia camera as the latter is more robust, it gives you more shooting options and after the shoot options as well, also video recording has audio filters, on Microsoft side it's all on auto, idk what filters and if it uses filters.
  • Nokia Camera
  • Default is set to Nokia camera, but I tend to use ProShot the most
  • Do you use proShot often in auto mode. Cause I really like it but it has a lot of settings I don't understand. Can you help me out referring me to a web page or something?
  • Nokia Camera
  • I am in love with Nokia camera
  • I use microsoft camera because its faster when I want to shoot something immediately. But if I want to use manual settings, Nokia camera it is.
  • For manual setting you should try pro Shot
  • Nokia Camera on 1520. For some reason, I can't record video with the beta.
  • MS Camera. For manual settings either Pro Shot or Nokia Camera
  • Been using the default camera. Was using Nokia beta on my 521. Will try it on 925 again.
  • Nokia Camera
  • Microsoft camera app by default
  • I use Nokia Camera App, works fine for me on Lumia 1520.
    Additionally Nokia beta, MS Blink and I just started trying Proshot.
  • Nokia camera the best
  • I switch back and forth between the stock Microsoft camera and Nokia Camera on my 925. If I am in low light conditions and want more precise control over my camera settings, Nokia Camera all day long.
  • They should let you pick any camera app
  • I use Nokia Camera, but I hate its sluggishness on my 520 and 920, and on my mom's 635. This is from 8.0 all the way to 8.1.1 and/or Cyan. So in terms of stability, I think Microsoft Camera is best.
  • Obviously Nokia Camera.
  • Use MS camera for default for quick snaps, and Nokia camera pinned on start screen for when I want to have more control.
  • Microsoft Camera, due to it being faster to launch.
  • Nokia camera...
  • As of today, HTC Camera :)
  • Nokia camera beta (928)
  • I would proshot team make it default... Lot of good features...
  • Nokia Camera. Living Image feature is nice :) it reminds me of Harry Potter newspaper
  • it sure does doesn't it.... lol awesome feature
  • I use MS stock camera. And Nokia pro when I need to play with zooming when I record, and sometimes focusing for close shots
  • Nokia Camera Beta. Pro Camera occasionally - I find Nokia's software takes better photos. (1520.3)
  • MS camera is faster, Nokia Camera is better becasue of the controls, I use ProShot from time to time, L920 ATT. Really wish MS would something about the camera opening speed. Its pretty slow no matter what you use..
  • Nokia Camera all the time.
  • Nokia camera
  • The default, but I never use my camera because the quality sucks and no front facing camera.... Sigh...
  • Pretty much. I don't know what happened. But after the amber/black updates, my camera has never been the same.
  • This shivers me timbers! >:/ lol. Microsoft need a phone with a front camera 10x better than iPhone and used on all phones.
  • Nokia camera. But I've only had my WP for 2 days now and have only taken a handful of pictures with it so far.
  • I use the default camera app 90% of the time the other 10% is 4D blend HDR
  • Pro shot is my second choice
  • Nokia Camera all the time! ProShot in auto node is not as good as Nokia camera in low-light situations.
  • I use Nokia Camera on my Lumia 520. It's unnecessary and slow but the features make up for it.
  • Nokia beta on 920
  • Nokia camera
  • Nokia Camera BETA
  • I used to use Nokia Camera, but I couldn't deal with the slowness anymore. It may just be my eyes playing tricks on me, but the regular camera app just (pardon the pun) seems faster
  • Nokia Camera Beta. Though under Microsoft Mobile it's irrelevant if it's the Beta or not. It's not like they're actively developing anything.
     
  • Nokia camera beta all the way...
  • Nokia camera on my 1520, used to use beta om the 1020. I miss the Symbian camera pro days.
  • Nokia camera beta. But mostly i use ProShot. though it can't be made default.
  • Nokia Camera app. But my complain here, it's slow on startup.
  • I love the Nokia Camera but why the fuck don't we still have touch to focus, flash on/off and pause while shooting a video?
    I mean seriously Nokia/Microsoft!
  • After cyan Microsoft camera. Continuous auto focus is great. Nokia pro beta for other shots.
  • Nokia camera, all the way
  • Nokia Camera on my Lumia 1020. Occasionally Nokia Smart Camera or Proshot.
  • Lumia camera
  • Nokia camera beta - 920 (black cv uk)
  • Nokia Camera, but I, too, sometimes prefer the agility of the stock Camera app.
  • HTC Camera on my HTC One and Nokia Camera Beta on my Icon.
  • I was just playing with the camera apps this morning. Now using the MS app on my 1520. It just seems faster all around. Yes I said it.
  • Don't think it saves high res copies either though...
  • MS Camera. Nokia Camera only becomes my manual choice if I want to adjust specific settings.
  • The cams are virtually the same so I use stock Microsoft camera because its faster. I'll use Nokia camera when tweaking up a manual shot but Microsoft camera faster on 925. I used to use Nokia cam but its slower to start from cold sometimes when I need a quick shot.
  • Default camera because I like to tap the screen to take pics
  • Default, to capture photos quickly, but Nokia camera for "pro" photos, with patience.
  • Stock camera for instantly taking a picture and Nokia camera for lowlight photos and for fast moving objects eg.a moving car.
  • I want to use ProShot, but Microsoft won't let us!!
  • I like the Microsoft app much more, it's way faster and you can swipe to your camera roll. One question though, does the Microsoft Camera take full advantage of the 1520 PureView camera? That's the only reason I don't use it because I'm worried I'm not getting the full use of my camera if I use Microsoft cam.
  • Yes it takes full advantage of it... Nokia cam just has more pro settings. Your fine using it.
  • Perfect, I was worried about not getting full use of the zoom. I've now set it as my default camera. Thanks.
  • You do not get high RES from ms camera
  • Hmm well that makes it pointless. No point using a 1520 and not make use of the full zoom options.
  • Nokia Camera! I think it's better than the Microsoft app.
  • I just noticed Nokia camera makes same noise as WhatsApp.
  • Nokia camera app is better
  • Nokia camera beta
  • Nokia camera ;)
  • Nokia Camera