How to Use the Kindle Fire HD Camera

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How to Use the Kindle Fire HD Camera

The Kindle Fire HD has a bright and colourful display with an ultra-fast processor and a number of other features, including a camera. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash for capturing still photos and video in HD 1080p. The front-facing camera records video in HD 720p for clear video calls. The camera on older models of the Kindle Fire HD is hard to locate and use. To use the camera on the Kindle Fire HD, users first need to locate the camera then choose the application they wish to use it with.

Locate the Camera

Early generations of the Kindle Fire lacked a camera feature. The Kindle Fire HD hit the market in 2012 with several hardware and software design updates, including a front-facing camera for recording still photos and videos. Before using the camera on a Kindle Fire HD, users must first determine if the model they have includes a camera.

Kindle Fire Type

Front-Facing Camera

Rear-Facing Camera

Kindle Fire HD 7-inch (2nd gen)



Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch (2nd gen)



Kindle Fire HD 7-inch (3rd gen)



Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch (3rd gen)



Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch (3rd gen)



The third-generation Kindle Fire HD was a stripped down version and did not include a camera on the front or the back. This dropped the price of the HD before the release of the Kindle Fire HDX of which the larger 8.9-inch model features a rear-facing camera.

Update the Operating System

Old versions of the Kindle Fire's operating system do not include an easy-to-access application for the camera. However, the latest versions of the Android-based system do. Updating the operating system not only enhances the performance of the tablet, but also makes the camera icon appear on the home screen. To update the operating system, users should make sure the battery has a full charge and that the tablet is connected to a Wi-Fi network. They swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the "Sync" option. This automatically updates the Kindle Fire HD to the latest software. Once complete, the Kindle Fire restarts automatically. Then they can tap the icon and begin snapping photos and recording videos.

Install ES File Explorer

If users do not wish to update the operating system, they can download the free app called ES File Explorer. This gives users total control over file management on the tablet. After completing the download and install for the app, users can select it to open it. Select AppMgr, Category, System Apps, and then camera. From here, users have access to the normal camera with panorama and video options.

Download Third Party Camera Apps

The final method for accessing and using the camera is to download a third party app. Examples include myCamera HD, Funtastic Camera, and Video Camera HD for Kindle Fire. Prices range from free to just under one pound. These applications offer additional features such as filters, exposure control, timers, and themes. Users also have the ability to choose photo size ranging from standard to panoramic to square or vintage style. Before downloading and installing any third party apps, users should be sure that they are compatible with the operating system and hardware on their tablets.

Using the Camera on the Kindle Fire HD

To use the camera, users simply need to open the application. Doing so automatically starts the camera, making it ready to use. For Kindle Fire tablets with only a front-facing camera, users must turn the tablet around to snap photos in front of them. To take self-portraits, users simply need to raise the tablet to the appropriate level and press the button to snap the photo. With the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX, users can switch between the front and rear cameras with the press of a button. Depending on the application they use, the on-screen menu allows them to view and change the different features.

Using the Camera with Skype

The camera on the Kindle Fire HD was originally for video chats and video calls using Skype. While no camera app icon appears on the home screen, users simply open Skype to automatically activate the camera. From here, users select the contact and initiate the call. Their image appears on the screen and then minimise when they connect with their contact. Upon completing the call and closing the Skype app, the camera turns itself off.

How to Buy Kindle Fire HD on eBay

Look for a large selection of new and used Kindle Fire HD tablets on eBay. Use the search bar found on every eBay page or the advanced search feature to locate a specific tablet. Narrow the results by specifying your price range. If you are shopping on a budget, look for used tablets or sellers that cover the cost of postage and packaging. Read the item description carefully to ensure that the tablet meets all of the specifications, including a camera.

The Kindle Fire HD is a full-feature tablet with a bright display and HD camera. Learning how to access and use the camera allows users to use their tablets as a camera to snap pictures wherever they go.

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