Apple’s latest iOS 17 update brings exciting new features to the Camera app on iPhone, enhancing your photography and videography capabilities. While some features are exclusive to the iPhone 15 series models, there are several upgrades that users of any iPhone model can benefit from. Let’s take a closer look at these new features and how they can improve your iPhone camera experience.
1. Line Up Your Shot with the Horizon
With the addition of the virtual horizon level in iOS 17, you can now align your iPhone perfectly with the ground when taking landscape or eye-level photos. This feature provides haptic feedback to help you ensure your horizon is straight. It is available for all iPhone models running iOS 17.
2. Toggle the Level Without Affecting Grid
To easily enable or disable the horizon level and crosshairs, you can now use the new “Level” switch in the Camera settings. This eliminates the need to toggle the Grid composition tool to adjust your levels. This feature is available for all iPhone models running iOS 17.
3. Lock White Balance
If you frequently record videos, the new “Lock White Balance” switch in the Camera settings will be useful. By enabling this feature, the color temperature will remain consistent throughout the video, even when the lighting changes. This ensures a cohesive look for your video footage. Available for all iPhone models running iOS 17.
4. Open Camera Modes with Shortcuts
The iOS 17 update introduces a new “Open Camera” option in the Shortcuts app. Now you can create shortcuts that open the Camera to a specific shooting mode, such as Photo, Video, Selfie, Portrait, and more. This versatility allows you to customize your camera experience and access your preferred shooting mode with ease. This feature is available for all iPhone models running iOS 17.
5. Customize the Main Camera Lens
For iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max users, the main camera lens settings can be customized. You can switch between different focal lengths, including 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm, depending on your preference. This gives you more control over the composition of your photos. This feature is unique to the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.
6. Pick the Resolution for the Main Camera
If you own an iPhone 15 Pro or 15 Pro Max, you can select the resolution at which the main camera will save pictures. By going to the Camera settings and selecting “Photo Mode” under Formats, you can adjust the resolution to 24 MP. However, certain modes like Night mode, macro, flash, or Portrait Lighting will still save images at 12 MP. This feature is exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.
7. Assign Camera to the Action Button Shortcut
iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max users can customize the Action button on the side of their device. Instead of the default Ring/Silent mode switch, you can set it to open the Camera directly to a specific mode. This provides quick access to your preferred camera mode. This feature is unique to the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.
8. Zoom Farther Than Ever Before
The iPhone 15 Pro Max introduces up to 5x optical zoom, allowing you to capture distant subjects with clarity. With increased optical zoom, you also get better digital zoom at up to 25x. This feature is exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
9. Shoot Portraits with Richer Colors
The entire iPhone 15 series lineup benefits from improved Portrait photos in Camera. Your portraits will now have richer colors and look better in low light without any additional steps required. This enhancement applies to the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max.
10. Shoot Portraits in Photo Mode
In addition to Portrait mode, the iPhone 15 series models now allow you to capture portraits even outside of Portrait mode. When Camera detects a person or animal in the frame, it automatically captures depth information, giving you the option to convert the photo into a Portrait mode photo or keep it as is. To enable this feature, go to the Camera settings and toggle on “Portraits in Photo Mode.” This feature is available for the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max.
11. Shoot Multiple Subjects in Portraits
The iPhone 15 series models allow you to capture photos with multiple subjects and adjust the focus later during editing. If Camera detects multiple subjects on different focal planes, it records depth information for each subject. This feature provides more flexibility in post-processing and is exclusive to the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max.
12. Shoot More Realistic Colors with Smart HDR 5
The iPhone 15 series models come equipped with Smart HDR 5, Apple’s latest high dynamic range photography technology. Smart HDR 5 captures subjects and the background with more accurate renderings of skin tones and ensures brighter highlights, richer midtones, and deeper shadows. This improvement applies to images taken with the 48MP main camera, Ultra Wide camera, and TrueDepth front camera. The enhanced HDR rendering is also compatible with third-party apps. This feature is available for the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max.
13. Record Spatial Videos for Apple Pro Vision
While not part of the standard Camera features, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max will offer a new recording mode for capturing 3D spatial videos. These videos can be shared and viewed on the upcoming Apple Pro Vision, an augmented reality headset set to launch in early 2024. This feature will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.
In conclusion, the iOS 17 update brings a range of exciting features to the Camera app on iPhone, enhancing the photography and videography capabilities for users across different iPhone models. Whether you’re looking to capture stunning portraits, create shortcuts for quick camera access, or explore new shooting modes, there’s something for everyone in this update. So make sure to update your device and start exploring these exciting camera features today!