The Best iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Camera Tips and Tricks

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 19 Sep 2019

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The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews are out. And the iPhone 11 Pro is officially the best smartphone camera that you can buy again. If you’ve just picked up a new iPhone 11, take a look at our best camera tips and tricks to get the most out of your new iPhone.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Camera Tips and Tricks

1. Switch To Ultra Wide Camera

Tap on the 0.5x button to quickly switch to the ultra-wide sensor.

2. Switch To Telephoto Lens (iPhone 11 Pro)

Tap on the 2x button to switch to the telephoto lens. This gives you a 2x optical zoom level. The telephoto lens on the iPhone 11 Pro is better than what you get on the iPhone XS or iPhone X. The images it captures are notably sharper.

3. Use Any Zoom Level Between 0.5x and 2x (iPhone 11 Pro)

While the buttons give you a precise zoom level, you can also use a zoom level between 0.5x and 2x. The cameras will switch seamlessly in the background. Just swipe on the zoom level buttons to reveal and dial. Swipe on it to change the zoom level.

4. Record Videos in 4K From Any Rear Sensor

Go to Settings -> Camera -> Record Video and switch to 4K. This will enable 4K video recording across all the lenses on your iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

5. Record 4K Video From Selfie Camera

From the same settings screen, you can change the resolution for the front-facing camera to 4K as well.

6. Take a Slofie

Switch to the front-facing camera and swipe over to the new Slo-mo option to start taking a slow-motion video from the front facing camera. Or as Apple calls it, a slofie.

7. Zoom Out To Ultra Wide Camera During Editing

When you take a photo, the iPhone 11 captures the shot from both the wide and the ultra-wide sensor. And it keeps the ultra-wide photo around for a while. So you can go into the editing screen and zoom out to add details that were captured from the ultra-wide photo later on.

8. Use The Night Mode

Apple finally has a night mode in an iPhone camera and it’s actually better than what Pixel 3 has to offer!

While Pixel 3 takes very dramatic night mode shots, it compromises on details. The iPhone 11, in typical iPhone fashion, takes more natural-looking night time shots that are filled with details, even when it’s night time.

The night mode feature works automatically and there’s no button for it in the UI. It will come on automatically when the Camera app detects that you’re in a low-light situation.

While Night Mode is great, it doesn’t work with the ultra wide sensor.

9. Use The New QuickTake Feature

This is a new feature in the Camera app that will ship in a few weeks after the iPhone 11 release.

You can now tap and hold on the shutter button to instantly start shooting a video, similar to how it works in Snapchat. The video will stay in the same frame and shot as the photo, which is very impressive.

If you want to keep recording the video for a longer time, you can swipe right on the shutter to lock it into video recording mode.

10. Take Burst Mode Photos

To take photos in burst mode, you now tap on the shutter button and swipe left.

11. Change Filter Intensity

When you go into the editing mode for a photo, you’ll now be able to set a filter intensity after selecting a new filter.

12. Crop and Rotate 4K Video

Tap on the edit button on a video and you’ll find new options to quickly rotate or crop a video that you took on your iPhone 11. You can also apply photo editing touches like changing the exposure and more.

13. Use Primary Camera for Portrait Photos

Apple has so far always used the telephoto sensor for capturing portrait photos. On the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11, you can use the primary 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle shooter for capturing portrait photos as well. The photos might not look as striking but they come out notably sharper particularly in low-light scenarios.

Your Favorite iPhone 11 Camera Tips

What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro? Share with us in the comments below.