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The iPhone used to have one of the simplest camera layouts of all smartphones. Over the past few years, however, as the iPhone’s camera got bigger and better, Apple kept adding more features, buttons, and settings until it got a little … bogged down. The iPhone’s camera app is to be fundamentally revised, but until then you have to find your way around this increasingly complex system.

While you may be familiar with the basics, like switching to Portrait mode or taking a panorama, we’re going to go over some of the other options that you may not be using.

How to switch between ultra wide angle and telephoto lens on iPhone

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Apple advertises three different cameras for the iPhone Pro models: the normal wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and the telephoto lens (zoom). But they are worded differently in the iPhone’s camera interface. In fact, you can use the zoom function to switch between these cameras (and you can do so in most camera modes).

1X“Is the normal camera”0.5X“Is for the ultra wide angle lens, and if you have a telephoto lens it is the”2X “,” 2.5X “or” 3X “You can find these buttons directly above the camera modes. You can also swipe left or right in this area to zoom in or out between 0.5 and 3 times, or to pinch the viewfinder.

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Just note that if you zoom out further than these areas, your iPhone will digitally zoom in. For example, if your iPhone only zooms in by 2.5 times, it cannot physically zoom out any further; all “zooming” that occurs outside of this area is digital, resulting in lower image quality.

How to find and use options in the iPhone camera app

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Apple’s solution to the ever-growing camera options is to sweep them under the rug. In this case, the “carpet” is the camera menu (at the top you’ll only find Flash, Night Mode, ProRAW, and Live Photos). If you open the camera app in photo or portrait mode, you’ll see a small one High Arrow up. Tap on that and a new menu will appear in place of the camera modes.

This is where you’ll find most of the options for whichever camera mode you’re in. Here is an overview of the options in Photo mode:

  • flash: Here you can set the flash to “on“,”the end“, or “automobile“-Mode.
  • Night mode: Here you can deactivate the night mode or change the timing (more on night mode later).
  • Live photos: You can choose between the “automobile“,”on“, or “the end“Modes.
  • Photographic styles: This is a new camera feature for iPhone 13 and higher (more here). The iPhone camera now lets you adjust the sound and heat settings for photos and makes them the default in the future.
  • Aspect ratio: As always, the iPhone takes pictures at a ratio of 4: 3 by default. However, if you’re looking for a more cinematic feel or want to post photos on Instagram Stories, you’re better off with an aspect ratio of 16: 9. You can choose between “square“,”4: 3“, and “16: 9“Aspect ratios from here.
  • Exposure: Here you can set and save the exposure. You probably don’t need to worry about this setting as the iPhone adjusts the exposure well. However, if you want, you can choose any exposure between -2.0 and 2.0 (0.0 is the default).
  • timer: From here you can quickly set a timer for 3 seconds or 10 seconds.
  • filter: The old filters of the iPhone are still there. They’re just hidden in the last button in the options menu. Here you will find the tried and tested Vibrant, Warm and Cool filters.

How to change the resolution in the video

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Previously, you had to open the Settings app to switch the video resolution of the iPhone camera. Now you can do this yourself using the camera app.

Switch to “Video” mode and you will find two different buttons in the top right corner. By default, the video is recorded in HD and 30fps. However, you can also tap these buttons to switch to 4K and 60 fps. You can learn more about how to record in full resolution on iPhone from our guide here.

How to turn off night mode

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The iPhone camera app’s night mode can do a great job in the right conditions. It can also be annoying when it turns on just because there are shadows. There is no clear “off” switch for night mode, as the function appears to be automatic, but there is a way to disable it.

Open the “settings“App on your iPhone and go to”camera.” Go to “Keep settings,“And tap the switch next to”Night mode. “Now the camera does not change the settings for the night mode automatically; Go back to the iPhone camera app, tap the Night Mode button in the options menu and select “the end. “Now the night mode is finally deactivated.

How to Record Videos on iPhone Quickly

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Do you want to quickly capture videos in Photo mode? Just hold down the trigger. And as long as you hold it, the iPhone will keep recording the video. You can even swipe right to switch to video mode entirely.

This even works with the volume buttons. As you may already know, pressing the volume down button in the camera app clicks a photo. If you press and hold the volume down button, you can record a video as long as you press and hold the button. We protect all the ways to quickly record video on your iPhone in our guide here.

How to Take Burst Photos on iPhone

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If a video is recorded when I press and hold the shutter button, how do you take photos in burst mode? Tap and hold the shutter button and swipe left. There is also an option in the Settings app to take photos in burst mode with the volume up button. To activate this, go to settings > camera > Use Volume Up for Burst.