How to change camera settings on Windows 11

You can now adjust brightness and contrast and enable features like Eye Contact for webcams and network cameras on Windows 11, and here's how.

Windows 11 Cameras settings
Windows 11 Cameras settings

On Windows 11, you can now change the brightness, contrast, and rotation settings and enable or disable Video HDR or Eye Contact for webcams and network cameras, and here’s how.

Starting on Windows 11, the Settings app includes a “Cameras” page. In addition to enabling and disabling devices, you can adjust various settings and even troubleshoot and fix problems with different cameras, including traditional webcams and network cameras.

You can also enable Eye Contact, a feature that uses AI to adjust your gaze on a video call to appear as if you are looking into the camera instead of the display, and “Video HDR” on compatible devices.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to adjust the camera settings on Windows 11.

Change camera with Settings on Windows 11

To change the camera brightness, contrast, and rotation, or enable or disable HDR and Eye Contact features, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Bluetooth & devices.

  3. Click the Cameras page on the right side.

  4. Under the “Connected cameras” setting, select the webcam or network camera.

    Connected cameras

  5. Use the Brightness slider to lower or increase the device brightness.

    Camera settings

  6. Use the Contrast slider to reduce or increase the device contrast.

  7. Use the Video rotation option to flip the video right 90, left 90, or 180 degrees.

  8. Enable or disable the “Video HDR” feature (if available).

  9. Enable or disable the “Eye Contact” feature (if available).

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will apply the new settings to the camera. In addition to adjusting some of the settings, the page also includes the option to disable or enable cameras and an option to help you run troubleshooting scripts to resolve the most common problems.

Although you can manage various settings through the Cameras page, only the ones supported for your camera will be available.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].