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Learn about the camera features on your iPhone

Learn more about QuickTake, the ultra-wide-angle camera, and other camera features on your iPhone.

Fast videos with QuickTake

QuickTake lets you record videos without leaving Photo mode. QuickTake is available for iPhone XS, iPhone XR and later.

Press and hold the shutter button to record a video

When you open the Camera app, it defaults to Photo mode. Tap the shutter buttonto take a photo. Then tap the arrowto customize options like the flash, live photos, timer, and more.

When you want to record a QuickTake video, just hold the shutter button * Then release to stop recording.

On iOS 14, you can press and hold a volume button to record a QuickTake video. If you have activated "Use volume up for series", you can use the volume down button to record a QuickTake video.

Swipe right to lock the recording

To continue recording the video without holding down the button, slide the shutter button right, then release. When video recording is locked, a shutter button will appear on the right. Tap the shutter buttonto capture a still image while recording video. Tap the shutter button to stop recording.

Swipe left to use the burst function

Swipe the shutter button left and hold to take a series of photos. Release the button to stop recording.

With iOS 14, you can use Burst to take photos by pressing the volume up button. Just go to Settings> Camera and turn on Use Volume Up Key for Continuous Shooting.

* If you want to record videos with individual settings for resolution, stereo audio and audio zoom, switch to video mode.

Look beyond the frame

For iPhone models with the Ultra Wide (0.5x) lens, the camera's user interface shows you what is happening outside of the frame you are aiming at. This can help you decide whether to redefine your picture frame or switch to a different camera lens for a better photo.

Automatically apply a tailored look to your photos

With scene detection, the camera intelligently recognizes what you're taking a photo of and applies a tailored look to highlight the best features of the scene. To turn this feature off, go to Settings> Camera and turn off scene detection.

Scene detection is available for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Adjust focus and exposure

Before you take a photo, the camera automatically adjusts the focus and exposure, and Face Detection adjusts the exposure for multiple faces. With iOS 14, you can use the exposure compensation controls to precisely set and lock the exposure for upcoming shots.

Just tap the arrow, then tap, and adjust your exposure. The exposure will be locked until the next time the camera app is opened.

Exposure Compensation Control is available for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and later.

Take a mirrored selfie

IOS 14 lets you take a mirrored selfie, which records the shot as you see it in the camera frame. To turn on Mirror Front Camera, go to Settings> Camera and turn it on.

Front camera mirroring for photos and videos is available on iPhone XS, iPhone XR and later. If you have an iPhone 6s to iPhone X, the setting is called "Mirror front photos" and only applies to photos.

Take photos even faster

On iOS 14, you can use the "Prioritize faster recordings" function to change how images are processed. This allows you to take more photos when you quickly press the shutter button typing. To turn this off, go to Settings> Camera, and deselect Prioritize Faster Shots.

Prioritize Faster Recordings is available for iPhone XS, iPhone XR and later.

Portraits on a new level

With portrait mode, the camera creates a depth of field effect that allows you to create studio-quality photos that keep the subject in focus and the background is blurry.

Enhance your selfies and ultra-wide-angle photos

When you take a selfie with lens correction with the front-facing camera or a photo with the ultra-wide angle (0.5x) lens, the photos are automatically enhanced to make them look more natural. To turn this off, go to Settings> Camera and turn lens correction off.

Lens correction is available for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Even more possibilities with the camera on your iPhone

  • Do you need to take photos in low light? Learn how to use Night Mode on supported iPhone models.
  • Use Live Photo to capture moments with movement and sound.
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