Use either volume button as a shutter release on BlackBerry 10

Instead of snapping a pic by tapping on the screen of your BlackBerry 10 device, either volume button can act as a shutter release.

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One of the smaller features I have appreciated in the iPhone's camera app has been the volume up key acting as a shutter release. Instead of tapping on a digital button, pressing the volume up key will snap a pic.

When I first launched the Camera app on the BlackBerry Z10, I instinctively pressed the volume up button and to my surprise it snapped a pic. The normal method for taking a picture on BlackBerry 10 requires you to tap anywhere on the screen. But with either volume key acting as a shutter release, you can avoid tapping on the screen altogether.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to use a pair of headphones (I tested both the Apple EarPods and the pair included with the Z10) as a remote shutter release. Hopefully this is something that can be added in a future OS update.

If you're curious as to how BlackBerry 10 works, be sure to get a glimpse of it on your iPhone or Android device .

About the author

Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and


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