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How to master the camera app on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

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Take a deep dive into the ever-expanding default Camera app on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini to get the most out of it.

Both iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have dual cameras on the back. There is a 12MP wide-angle lens and a separate 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens. With the iPhone 13, Apple has continued to improve the camera with new features such as photographic styles and movie mode.

Volume buttons

When we start with the controls of the Camera app, tapping the screen is sometimes inconvenient. It may result in additional blurring of your photos if you tap the screen enough to make it move and you may need to use two hands: one to hold the phone while the other press the shutter on the screen.

Fortunately, you can also use the physical volume buttons as shutters.

Shooting with the volume buttons

Shooting with the volume buttons

By default, pressing the Volume Up or Volume Down buttons on your iPhone 13 will take a photo. Just like pressing the screen button. Holding down one of the buttons will record a video clip instead.

However, users have one additional customization option here. By going to Institutions > Camera you can toggle the switch to use the volume up button instead to take burst photos. If this is enabled and you hold down the volume up button while the Camera app is open, it will start taking burst photos instead.

Operate the zoom

Another trick has to do with controlling the range or zoom level of your photo. As mentioned, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have two cameras. In the Camera app, you can quickly switch between the ultra-wide and wide-angle cameras by tapping the small circles just above the shutter.

You can also choose anything between 0.5X and 1X zoom or all the way up to 5X digital zoom. We often see users pinch and pull the screen to zoom in, but this is not very useful.

Squeezing the screen blurs your view, moves your phone and is generally quite difficult, especially on the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini. Try swiping the zoom level buttons instead.

Zoom in on your photos

Master the zoom control wheel

When you slide the .5X or 1X buttons, a zoom wheel appears that allows you to set exactly how much zoom you want. It’s much easier to pull off and if you use your thumb to hit the shutter, your thumb is already perfectly positioned to adjust that wheel. When you’re done, you can just pull the shutter and the wheel will disappear.

Remember, both phones don’t have a telephoto lens, so anything beyond 1X is digital zoom. Digital zoom only increases the size of the pixels compared to using a telephoto lens. This results in a slightly lower quality, but also means you can crop the photo after taking it with the same quality change.

Apple QuickTake

QuickTake lets you go from photo to video mode in the blink of an eye. Tapping the shutter button will take a photo – if in “photo” mode. But if you tap and hold, it will start recording a video instead. Very similar to how we used the volume buttons.

If you hold down the button, the video will be recorded as long as you hold it down. To lock it in video mode, drag the shutter to the right. After that, you can release the shutter and the video will continue recording.

Alternatively, if you touch the shutter and immediately drag it to the left while holding it, you’ll start taking burst photos instead. Hold the shutter and burst photos will still be taken. Release the shutter and it will stop.

Bonus Controls

In addition to the on-screen controls, more controls can be accessed by tapping the carrot icon in the center of the top. When tapped, a new shelf of icons will appear just above the shutter button.

Additional camera controls

Additional camera controls

These icons include flash control (automatic, off, on), night mode (appears only when it is dark), Live Photo (on, off), photographic styles (choose from five styles), aspect ratio (4:3, 1:1 , 16:9), exposure compensation, timer and filters.

Photographic style is a new feature of the iPhone 13. These are subtler versions of filters applied at the time of capture. You can choose between warm, cool, vivid and rich contrast. Each of these then has its own sliders that you can adjust.

When a photographic style is enabled, this subtle effect will be applied to all your photos as you take them. This allows you to sharpen your personal look and have it applied to every photo you take automatically.

Night mode on iPhone 13 also turns on automatically when the environment is suitable. If there is enough lighting, the night mode is not necessary, so the icon disappears. Once you are in a low light environment, this icon will appear and it will turn itself on automatically.

What Night Mode does is simulate a slow shutter speed. This means that you have to keep very still while taking the picture, as shaking can make a blurry picture. Therefore, the duration depends on how much movement of the phone there is in combination with how dark the photo is.

if you’re shooting at night while shooting handheld, you’ll probably only see a three-second shutter. Handheld, you can adjust it manually up to ten seconds. If you mount your iPhone on a stand, you can extend this up to 30 seconds.

Video recording on iPhone 13

On iPhone 13, there are four video modes. There’s timelapse, slo-mo, Cinematic, and your default video mode.

When recording video, you can quickly switch between HD and 4K resolutions. For further resolution options, you can jump into the Settings app, where there are 720P options, as well as various frame rate options.

Movie mode is another new feature of the iPhone 13. It mimics portrait mode, but for video. When you capture the video in Movie mode, the background of the video is blurred and you have enough control after the video is edited.

Editing a video in Movie mode

Editing a video in Movie mode

A video in movie mode is indicated by an indicator in the top-left corner of the thumbnail in the Photos app. Tapping edit will give you a wealth of controls.

Because Movie mode blurs the background, it must have a primary focus. While editing, you can enable the focus editing by tapping the square icon with a circle inside. As the video plays, the subject in focus has a yellow box around it.

You can change the focus while editing the video by simply tapping another part of the frame. Cinematic Mode will then follow that point. Multiple focus points are marked with a yellow circle below the timeline. This gives you plenty of control over what’s in focus and what’s not during your video.

You can also adjust the aperture while editing. Tapping the stylized f in the top left corner brings up a slider on the right edge. Increase the aperture value and the background will become sharper, while decreasing the value will increase the background bokeh.

go shoot

Third-party camera apps are always an option for iPhone users, but many still stick to Apple’s stock options. That’s why it’s so important that Apple continues to add features to the default Camera app.

Whether you’re taking photos in portrait mode, taking live photos, or filming a stylized video in movie mode, the Camera app has you covered.

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