How to Improve iPhone Camera Quality and Settings in iOS 14/13/12

Last Updated on Aug 31, 2020

Apple’s iPhone is not only a handset to calling and text messages, but it is also a great portable Camera. It delivers an incredible experience with its rear camera and selfie camera lenses. Massive update hardware and in an iOS software give up handy camera settings to get better camera quality and settings in iOS 14/iOS 13. We never miss it to capture amazing photos with attractive effects and clean pictures.

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Let’s have a look at iPhone 11 Pro, XR, X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Camera features, and setting works on the latest update. I bet you will get a marvelous photography experience out of the iPhone, after reading the entire article.

Best Camera Features of iPhone in iOS 14, iOS 13, iOS 12

What’s new in iOS 14 Camera Settings?

iOS 14 introduced with a bunch of Camera Features and Settings, though, during the launch event, Apple didn’t talk about it. Doesn’t matter, in this tutorial, you’ll get to know the best Camera Tips and Tricks for the iPhone, and what are the new iOS 14 Camera Settings.

Best Camera Tips and Tricks for iPhone

Note: The following listed settings are not available for every iPhone, however, it won’t be a problem if you own iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. In addition, kindly update the iPhone to the latest version before starting with the article.

#1. Mirror Front Camera

This feature is limited to iOS 14 or later and few compatible devices. Have you noticed that while taking Selfie, there’s a huge difference between the Live Preview and the Photo? If you don’t like the saved version of Selfies, but want mirror preview as your saved photo, then here’s how to do it.

  • Navigate to the Settings app > Camera app > Enable Mirror Front Camera under Composition.

#2. Enable Grid Lines

Unfortunately, only Professional Photographers and some camera geeks are aware of the Rule of Thirds; mostly useful while composing the pictures. The Grid Lines make it effortless to perform editing on bigger screens, along with iPhone. However, if you’re not serious about photography, but want to get the most out of iPhone’s Camera, be sure to turn on Grid Lines.

It will later help you understand how to keep the object and iPhone camera aligns for further editing and composing, so, if I were you, I’d definitely use the Grid Lines.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down to the Camera
  3. Turn On Grid.

#3. Preserve Settings

Everyone has favorite filters and customized settings on the iPhone’s Camera App, for better clicks and shoots. Have You? If yes, then use the Preserve Settings feature of the device, let’s see how it benefits you.

Take a situation, where you wanted to capture a beautiful moment, but don’t have that much time to adjust the camera settings and filters, what will you do? Don’t worry, this is where Preserve Settings of the iPhone comes in picture.

The Preserve Settings allows you to set Camera Mode, Filter, and Live Photo permanently. All you have to do is, capture the photo from the iPhone camera with your favorite settings, and immediately visit the Settings App > Camera App > Preserve Settings. Turn On the Camera Mode, Filter, and Live Photo, whichever you want. The next time you launch the Camera app on the iPhone, it won’t reset.

#4. Burst Mode

How about capturing a photo of your favorite sports car, just crossed the street, or a bird fled by your house? It’s super difficult to get the perfect, clear shot of blazing-fast objects, and even if you manage to take out the iPhone and tried to take a shot, there are high chances of that photo being distorted or blurry unless you’re lucky.

Under such circumstances, the Burst Mode can be of use. It depends, how fast you open the Camera App and swipe left the Shutter button to activate Burst Mode, for rapid shots. A series of photos will be taken by the iPhone, visit the Photos app, and remove the ones that are of no use, or unclear.

Pro Tip: For the iOS 14 or later and Compatible Devices, it is possible to Use Volume Up for Burst, visit the Settings app > Camera app > Turn On Use Volume Up for Burst.

#5. Set Formats

Concerning the Formats of the photos captured on the iPhone, we get High Efficiency and Most Compatible. In simple terms, High Efficiency is recommended if you own All Apple (MacBook, Mac, iPad, iPhone) as this format works throughout the Apple devices, but may not work with non-Apple gadgets. At the same time, it consumes lesser storage, while maintaining the quality of the pictures.

On the other side, the Most Compatible format works with all types of devices, including Android, Windows, etc, which means there won’t be an issue if you want to share the photos with non-Apple devices.

  1. Navigate to the Settings app. 
  2. Swipe down to Camera app.
  3. Tap Formats and choose the one appropriate for you.

#6. Night Mode

Night Mode is something that doesn’t require any manual action, when the iPhone detects the low-light condition, Night Mode automatically activates, indicated by a moon-shaped icon on the top-left screen. Once the Night Mode is activated, you may see a number next to the moon icon, which shows how long the camera app will take to click photos in night mode.

On top of that, when you tap on the Night Mode icon, a slider above the Shutter button appears, that lets you increase the timer, more the time you give iPhone to capture the photo, it’ll deliver the best result, no matter how dark and noisy the environment is, just make sure to hold the device tightly and steady. Alternatively, buy one of these Tripods for iPhone, that’ll keep the iPhone still.

Note: Night Mode can only be used on a 1x camera.

#7. AE/AF Lock – To Lock the Focus and Exposure

Locking the exposure is nothing but focusing on the object rather than the nearby area. The iPhone’s Camera will try to cover everything that comes in radar, instead, enable AE/AF Lock to give a single object focus.

It’s pretty easy, open the Camera, and touch and hold where you see the object, AE/AF Lock will be activated in few moments. Likewise, to close the AE/AF Lock tap anywhere on the camera screen.

#8. Use Quick Take Mode on your iPhone Camera

The QuickTake Camera mode is only available on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, its nothing but a feature that allows you to shoot video while capturing the pictures in the photo mode. However, the other iPhone models, it is possible to take photos while recording video, so ultimately, its total opposite of QuickTake.

To perform any of these, tap the small shutter icon in the corner. Besides, it is available for both Front and Rear camera.

#9. Recompose Photos and Videos

This is something interesting, and you must know. Firstly, the Composition feature is available in the (Settings App > Camera App), toggle on the Photos Capture Outside the Frame and Videos Capture Outside the Frame. Or might be possible that you see the View Outside the Frame option directly, turn it ON if it is.

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Let me tell you how this works by taking an example. For instance, you’ve taken a photo or video but then you realize that one person is on the edge of the photo, but now its impossible to gather all the people or objects once again, and retake the photo or video. In that case, the editing tools of the Photos app can help you bring back the missing part into the frame, only if the above-mentioned settings are enabled.

Also, if you’re taking photos and videos on Ultra-Wide Lens, then this feature won’t work, as Ultra-Wide Lens is the last camera that covers everything around the photo. We can say it is the limitation of Recompose photos and videos.

#10. Portrait Mode

The Portrait Mode is compatible with iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, or later devices. It is responsible to create the in-depth effect and sharp images making the background blurry, alongside, lets you change the lighting effects and also available on Selfie Mode.

  • Simply launch the Camera app on iPhone and swipe through the Portrait Mode and start capturing photos.

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