iOS 7 Feature: Redesigned Camera app with real-time filters and new Square mode

BY Jason

Published 22 Jul 2013


When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, the native Camera app, despite its limited features was one of the “wow” factors, and helped the iPhone quickly become one of the most popular cameras on Flickr.

However, ever since Apple launched the App Store, the native Camera app was quickly replaced by third-party camera apps such as Instagram, Camera+ etc. They not only came with a slick user interface, but offered a lot more features. 

Thankfully Apple has revamped the UI of the Camera app and added much needed features such as real-time filters. Here’s what Apple has to say about the new Camera app:

Camera in iOS 7 puts all your shooting formats — still, video, panorama, and now square — front and center. With a swipe, you can capture what you want the way you want.1 Fast. And new filters let you do even more with each image. Give it a retro feel. Dial up the contrast.
Or go black and white. Artistic license is all yours.

You can apply filters to still and square photos. Pick a filter and see the effect before you take the picture. Or just take the shot and apply it later. If you ever change your mind and decide no filter is the best filter, you can simply remove it.

Here’s what we know about the new Camera app in iOS 7 based on information we’ve received:

  • When you launch the Camera app, you will be greeted by a new user interface. The iconic skeuomorphic shutter button at the bottom and toggles for the front and rear-facing camera and LED flash at the top have been replaced with a flat user interface. They blend in with the UI.


  • The position of the Shutter button, front-facing/rear facing camera toggle, toggle for LED flash and access to the Camera roll is relatively the same.
  • The options menu has also been removed. The toggles for video and the Panorama mode can now be accessed by swiping on the Photo mode just above the shutter button. You will notice the blurring of the screen when you switch between the different modes.
  • iOS 7’s Camera comes with a new mode called Square, which as the name suggests allows you to take Instagram-like square photos.


  • The real-time filters can be accessed by tapping on the button to the right of the shutter button. When you tap on the filters button/tile, it shows you real-time filter effects such as Mono, Tonal, Noir, Fade, Chrome, Process, Transfer and Instant in tile format. You need to tap on one of them and tap the shutter button to take the photo with the filter effect.


Image credit: iMore

  • You can apply real-time filters to photos in Square and Photo mode, there are not available for videos and panorama mode.
  • You also have the option to apply the filters on a photo in your camera roll.
  • The good news is that taking a photo in iOS 7 is lightning fast, you don’t notice any delay when you tap on the shutter button, which was one of the annoying things about the Camera app. It’s instantaneous.
  • The HDR option is available just above the camera modes and the shutter button, and is available only for the Photo and Square mode. iPad users will also be able to take HDR photos.
  • You can access the Camera app via the shortcut in the lock screen. As we had mentioned in our iOS 7 lock screen preview, it has been moved to the bottom right corner of the lock screen.


  • The option to enable the Grid view, it is hidden in the Settings app (Camera > Photos & Camera -> On/Off toggle for Grid under the Camera section).
  • And not to forget, the Camera app also gets a new icon.

The new Camera app will be available when iOS 7 is released later this fall.

Overall, the Camera app has received a much need update to its user interface in iOS 7, and features such as real-time filters and the ability to take photos almost instantly will give the popular third-party camera apps a run for their money.

Let us know what you think of the new Camera app in iOS 7 in the comments below.