If you spend most of your time on your iPhone taking photos and taking videos, you’ll be glad that Apple has improved some aspects of its Camera app in iOS 14. Even if you’re just a temporary photographer or videographer, you will take advantage of the new changes to the standard camera applications on your iPhone.
Some of the camera’s new features are simple tool enhancements that already existed. Others include exclusive features on newer iPhone models to older models so that everyone can enjoy the same amazing experience. To see everything that is new and improved about the camera, check out all the features below. We continue to add new features if we discover further worth highlighting.
1. There is improved Shot-to-Shot performance for everyone
According to Apple, the software behind Camera has been improved so that the app does not release as much as it used to when you took a photo.
You can now shoot up to 90% faster, at up to 4 frames per second. Time to the first shot is now up to 25% faster and standing shot-to-shot is up to 15% faster.
However, Apple only tested the iPhone 11 Pro Max at “normal top performance”, so it’s obvious that these numbers will not translate perfectly when iOS 14 is released to everyone else. Other iPhone models may be faster but not so fast, and it varies depending on “specific configuration, content, battery health, usage, software versions, lighting, environmental conditions and other factors.”
2. You can prioritize faster photography over better quality
If you are more interested in speed than anything else, you can now prioritize faster shooting with a new setting. Even if it is enabled by default, you can find “Prioritize faster shooting” in Settings -> Camera.
Apple says it intelligently adjusts image quality when you quickly press the shutter button. This means that it will spend less time trying to improve each shot so that you have a better chance of capturing a specific moment. It does not specify whether it also applies to Burst mode or not.
3. QuickTake is now available on more iPhone models
The QuickTake feature, introduced in iOS 13 for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max and SE (2nd generation), lets you quickly record a video in photo mode in camera. It is intended to offer a quick and easy way to take a video during shooting without having to spend time switching back and forth between shooting modes. With iOS 14, QuickTake has expanded to the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR for.
4. You can stabilize night mode images
Night mode is designed to help you take clearer pictures in low light conditions, such as at night or in dark areas, but the feature can be frustrating to use. When the lighting is particularly poor, you need to hold your iPhone steady for several seconds, which is almost impossible if you snap a picture without a tripod.
With iOS 14, Apple makes it easier to control your hand and take better night-time photos by using your iPhone’s built-in gyroscope, which detects device orientation. The result: “guidance chairs” in cross-chair style (just like to help take pictures) to help you keep your device as still as possible during recording.
When a catch of the night mode begins to count down, a white set of cross chairs will be placed in the center of the viewfinder. A yellow set is also displayed, which moves around based on how you hold your iPhone since the start of the countdown. Your goal is to put the yellow set on top of the white ones and keep it there until the catch is over. That way you are more adapted and get a clearer shot.
5. You can cancel long night mode recordings
If you feel that the Night Mode takes too much time, you can now also cancel it during the catch. In our experience, it will not appear on images for three seconds or less, but if it is longer than that, the shutter button should turn into a stop button. You are still taking the photo, but the software-based exposure will not last as long as intended.
6. There is a new control of exposure compensation
Before iOS 14, it was impossible to keep a certain level of exposure for a photo or video while wanting to focus on different topics manually in the viewfinder. If you point between subjects to focus on them, your exposure may change automatically. Even if you change the exposure with the hidden slider, it will still change if you do not press and hold to lock AE / AF for a long time. But as you can probably tell, AE / AF combines exposure and focus. As soon as you press another substance, the lock will disengage and you will probably have a different exposure level.
Everything is still available in iOS 14, but there’s an additional exposure control to help you keep your exposure locked while you focus on different things in the shot. The new control is called the exposure compensation value (ECV) and can be found in the hidden toolbar. You can control the exposure in steps of 0.3 or 0.4, from the darkest level (-2.0) to the lightest (+2.0).
7. And you can keep the exposure settings
If you like the ECV setting at a specific level for most of your pictures, you can lock it for future camera sessions by preserving its settings. Go to Settings -> Camera -> Save Settings and turn on “Exposure Adjustment.” When the camera is closed or in idle mode for too long, the ECV level will remain when you open the app.
8. The burst button shortcut button is back
Many owners of 2019 and later iPhone models thought that the Burst photo feature disappeared with iOS 13 because you could no longer hold down a volume key or the shutter button to take a lock of photos. And while the shutter button was pressed, it was replaced by a swipe-left-hold action on the shutter instead of a long press, the volume buttons were for QuickTakes only.
Thankfully, in iOS 14, Apple took back the volume button shortcut for showers. However, it is an opt-in setting, so it is not on by default. Go to Settings -> Camera and then turn on the “Use volume up for burst” button. Now you can long press Volume up for damage and Volume down for QuickTakes.
9. You can take mirrored selfies
When you take a selfie with your iPhone’s front camera, the image is flipped in the Photos app. It’s meant to show what you look like to someone else, but it’s not always the best. Although you can always flip the image with the editing tools in Photos, iOS 14 now lets you capture mirrored selfies, so they look exactly as they do from your point of view during recording.
Go to Settings -> Camera and then turn on “Mirror front camera” below Composition. Now, when you take a photo with the forward-facing camera, the image is saved as it appears in the preview, instead of scrolling.
10. Resolution & FPS Quick Toggles Come to everyone
Since iOS 13.2, only iPhone and later iPhone models could switch between resolutions and frame rates for video directly in the Camera app. IOS 14 now provides the fast switches to all iPhones that can run the software. Just click on either the current video resolution or the frame rate at the top right (in portrait) or at the top left (in landscape) to switch between the options. You can also do this in Slo-Mo mode to adjust the resolution and frames per second. If that does not work, you may need to go to Settings -> Camera and turn on “Video Format Control”.
11. There are green and orange light indicators
Although not a camera-specific feature, the green and orange light recording indicators appear at the top right of your iOS 14 phone while in the Camera app. You see mostly green light, which just means your iPhone is using your camera. The orange light means your device is using the microphone, but it only appears in the camera when you switch the shooting modes, as the green light takes precedence.
12. Your camera can find QR codes more easily
Finally, Apple has made improvements to QR code reading in its camera. In the past, the camera on the iPhone has had difficulty reading smaller or skewed QR codes, but with iOS 14, the camera can capture the less perfect QR codes. App clips, which you can use to quickly access and experience third-party apps without downloading them, will probably benefit from the enhanced QR reader as App Clips can be started by scanning a QR code.
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