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A device that stores and records images. The images could be still photos or motion pictures.

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How does my Selfie Stick take a picture using the *headphone socket*?

I just got a selfie stick, and it connects to my iPhone via the headphone socket. Clicking a button on the stick causes a picture to be taken. I'm wondering how that actually works. If the headphone ...
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How do I take a steathy picture with my iSight camera from the command line?

Is there a command line utility that allows me to take a picture from the built in camera? Something like screencapture allows for, well, screen captures. The reasoning for a command line tool is I ...
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Is my Mac spying on me?

Feel free to call me crazy or paranoid, but sometimes I feel like the camera LED turns on briefly (for approximately 0.1 seconds). Maybe it's just odd reflections, or me confusing the LED for the ...
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iMac FaceTime HD camera shows no image/black image

There's an iMac whose FaceTime HD camera isn't displaying video images in applications like FaceTime, Photo Booth, or QuickTime video recorder. OS X El Cap shows that the camera is attached and ...
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What's with all the random folders in the DCIM directory for iPhone?

My photos are spread across 17 seemingly randomly named folders in my iPhone 5's DCIM directory. I can't make any sense of this and it is quite painful looking through all of these directories to ...
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Importing photos without using the OS X Photos app

I would like to import my photos off my camera without using the OS X Photos app and locate my photos direct in the Finder so I can store them in folders, edit them in Photoshop etc. (i.e. do whatever ...
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How do you erase pictures from the Photo Stream album on an iPhone running iOS 5?

I have recently upgraded to iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 and am loving it. One issue I've run into is that my iPhone adds my recently taken photos to an album named "Photo Stream" whenever I'm on WiFi. The ...
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How can I take a picture with my iSight camera?

I have a MacBook Air which has a built in camera. Is there any simple application (preferably one that comes with Mac OS X) which simply takes a picture and saves it as PNG or JPG?
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How can I reset the camera roll to photo IMG_0001.jpg on iOS?

I just restored an iPhone 5 backup to an iPod touch both on iOS 6.1.3 (10B329) to rapidly load every app and setting, yet I'd really like the camera roll to start over with 0001. I've gone in and ...
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How to make iPhone camera silent?

On my iPhone, the camera shutter sound follows the ring/silent switch. However, I'd like the camera to be always silent, regardless of whether incoming calls & messages make a sound. Is there any ...
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What are the shutter speed and ISO ranges for the iPhone 4S camera?

Despite some googling, I can't find any information on the hardware limits of the camera in the iPhone 4S. What ISO and shutter speeds are possible from the still camera? I know the exposure is ...
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iOS 7: How to turn off camera's burst mode?

In the stock camera app, iOS 7 has added a new burst mode feature that takes multiple photos in succession for as long as the shutter is pressed. Is there any way I can turn this feature off and have ...
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Are there privacy concerns with the Built-In iSight Camera and LED Indicator? [duplicate]

I was having a discussion with some friends about the built in camera of computer and what you can do with them, and I realized that my macbook has one of those. That got me thinking about how the ...
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Camera app gone (not deactivated in restrictions)

My camera app is missing on both my phone and my iPad and after trying all the suggested fixes found online to no avail I now feel the need to get help with my specific case. The app is missing (can'...
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Can I change the default camera app on my iPhone?

In the latest iOS update (5.1) Apple added the camera to the lock screen, so now I don't need to unlock the phone to take a picture. Is it possible to change which app is used for this? I realise ...
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Webcam not working on Macbook Pro 13"

At some point this year I noticed that my camera was not working. (Skype, Google, Facetime) I tried this https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT2090 But under devices for Camera it says no devices found....
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How does the iPhone Auto Focus work?

How does the auto focus in the iPhone work? Is there a something mechanical in there to adjust the lens or is it completely software? Google provides this article which suggests some camera phones ...
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How can I take selfie by running a console command on Mac? [duplicate]

I know I can take a selfie with the built-in camera via the Photo Booth app. However, is there a way capture an image via command line, in sort of lolcommits style?
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How can I use my iPhone 7 to take photos remotely?

I am using my iPhone 7 Plus for taking work photos and I am finding the timer option unsuitable and using wired earphones isn’t practical. So I’ve been experimenting with Bluetooth headphones to try ...
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MacBook Pro camera and microphone used by malware?

Given the increasing number of reports about malware for Apple computers, I am concerned by the fact that there's no simple way to physically block the camera while I'm using my MacBook Pro. Is it ...
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There is no connected camera message with built in FaceTime camera

Anyone run into "There is no connected camera" message while using any of the camera applications (Messages, PhotoBooth, Skype, etc.)? I tried force quitting all the applications that use the camera ...
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Can the Macbook's webcam be ON without LED indication?

Was reading some topics online about hackers accessing user's webcams (on Windows) to spy on them etc, and I am now interested to know if I'm at any risk. To make it simple, these are my questions : ...
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'Add to home screen' website cannot access camera (iOS 11)

We're facing the issue that websites that have been added to the home screen can't access the camera anymore with iOS 11. That is, after clicking the input (type file) 'Choose file' button the options ...
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Front facing camera stopped working on the iPhone 4s

Attempted to use the Camera App today and was presented with a closed shutter screen in the Camera app as pictured below. No tramma or anything happend to the phone no recent OS update, just not ...
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How does iOS Photos app know to group burst photos?

When taking pictures using the front facing camera and a timer of an iPhone it automatically does burst mode. When viewing the photos in the Photos app, it somehow knows to group the burst photos ...
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Fastest way to transfer a bunch of photos TO iphone camera roll?

what is the quickest way to transfer a bunch of photos (and videos) that come from an iphone to another iPhone's camera roll? Sync with iPhoto/Aperture is not an option: they wouldn't end up in the ...
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How can I reset iPhone camera roll to IMG_0001.jpg?

I really want to reset the iPhone camera roll to photo IMG_0001.jpg. I have tried to do it with Image Capure, iExplorer and PhoneView, but any of them did not work at all. Is there a way to clear ...
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How can I delete photos from camera roll and leave in an album?

I created a named album on my iPhone and placed photos from my camera roll in there. I would then like to delete these photos from the camera roll. However, when I try to do so an error messages warns ...
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Is there a way to change the default camera app launched from the iOS5 lock screen?

In iOS 5 the lock screen can access the camera app. Is there a way to change the default app that is launched. I would rather use instagram for its social media connections and filters.
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iPad Camera Big Yellow Rectangle

Okay I am not talking about the little yellow square of focus, I think this is a different thing. I was watching some online video and taking photos with my iPad when I notice a huge yellow rectangle,...
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Switch between monitors using camera

Is there any software for Mac which watches out head and focus a window that is in a specified monitor based on our head angle? I'm using 3 monitors at the same time and hitting cmd + tab is always ...
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Why does opening the camera app pause music or podcasts on an iPhone 6s?

When listening to audio like music, podcasts, or an audio book on an iPhone 6s running iOS 9 the audio pauses when I open the camera app to take a photo. This doesn't happen on other devices. Is there ...
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iOS Camera Roll and Photo Stream workflow

When I take a photo on my iPhone it is added to both the Camera Roll and Photo Stream. I can then upload the photo into "permanent" storage in Mac iPhoto either from Photo Stream or Camera Roll (...
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Why do only some images received via iMessage have GPS data?

I've noticed that only some of the images I receive from a friend of mine (who also has an iPhone 5) have GPS data. (I test this by saving the picture and using a photo app to read the metadata.) I ...
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Implications of giving app access to camera roll

If I give an app access to my camera roll, what exactly does that imply? Can the app in theory upload all my photos to their server? E.g. when I upload an image to Instagram I can scroll through my ...
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Does a newer MacBook's camera light need to be activated when the camera turns on?

Does the camera of a newer MacBook require the green camera light beside it to turn on when the camera itself is turned on? Is the camera light hardwired to the camera, meaning that if the camera is ...
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iPhone makes shutter sound when taking photos despite being on mute

I recently purchased a refurbished iPhone 6. It's been set up from my old device's iCloud backup and updated to iOS 10.2.1. Unfortunately, despite being set to silent via the physical mute switch, ...
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Can apps access my camera without telling me?

Suppose I give an app permission to access my camera (and/or microphone) to take a picture. After I take the picture, can the app access my camera without prompting me? I thought of this while using ...
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Why do the photos on my iPhone 7 seem to be losing quality?

The photo quality is my iPhone 7 is very low. I found out that this may be because I switched on “iCloud Photo Library” a few months earlier, and “Optimize IPhone Store” was selected. Does doing so ...
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10.10 updated and my internal camera not working

I have just updated my 2013 MacBook Pro 13 inch with 10.10 Yosemite, but now I can't webcast. How do I turn the camera back on?
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iOS5 - Does the ActiveSync Pin code lock prevent the new camera shortcut?

I've had an iPhone of various vintages for 3 years connected to MS Exchange activesync for work email. Part of the deal with this that you need to enter a four digit PIN before you unlock. I was ...
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How to take photo using Terminal?

Is it possible to take a photo or record a short video with the MacBook's webcam using Terminal? sh-3.2# system_profiler SPSoftwareDataType Software: System Software Overview: System ...
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Change Default Photo Aspect Ratio in iOS

Is there a way to set the default photo aspect ratio to 3:2 (from 4:3) in the default camera app in iOs? I know it can be done using different photo apps, and I know that photos can be cropped to a ...
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Access the iOS camera quickly

Are there any tricks to provide quicker access to the camera in iOS on an iPhone? The drag-up-from-bottom on the lock screen takes multiple attempts. By the time I can access the camera, my photo ...
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How can I troubleshoot Security & Privacy issues with Mojave?

Mojave has expanded macOS's sandboxing rules for files and devices. When an application needs to use the camera or microphone, the user is supposed to get a prompt the first time to authorize it. ...
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How to tell if Optical Image Stabilization is actually working on my iPhone 6 Plus

Today I started getting suspicious that Optical Image Stabilization is not working on my iPhone 6 Plus. These are the factors that led me to my suspicion: While recording a video, if I shake the ...
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No Camera in Skype

I have Retina MBP with 10.9.1 installed Mac OS X. I have Skype 6.12. I'm not using video camera everyday ;) but I'm using Skype every day, and someday when I need it in Skype I saw that it was not ...
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“No connected camera” error using MacBook Air

I have a friend with a 13" MacBook Air. He upgraded to the new software in the App Store about a week ago and now, when he is using anything that uses his built-in camera, it says "There is no ...
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How can I play MTS videos from my Sony camera on my Mac?

My family has used a Sony Cyber-Shot camera for several years. A few months ago, we replaced it with a newer model Cyber-Shot. To our dismay, however, the videos the camera records are not in the old ...
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How to prevent burst photos in camera timer?

I can tap the upper-central "live photos" (short video) icon button to assure live mode is disabled. I can assure I'm switched to "Photo" and not "Video" or "Square" or whatever. I can tap HDR to "...