How to take photos while recording video on your iPhone 5

By , Jan 28, 2013

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The iPhone 5 arrived late last year with a number of new features. It’s both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, it’s faster, and it has an improved camera.

But one of its smaller, lesser talked about features is the fact that it can snap photos while the phone is in video mode. Of course, a lot of you probably already know about this. But for those that don’t, we’ll show you how right after the break…

As you’d expect, it’s extremely simple. All you have to do is open up your camera app, switch to video mode, and start recording. After a second or two, you should see a camera icon pop up in one of the corners (depends on iPhone’s orientation).

Keep in mind that photos snapped during video recording will be of significantly less quality than other images. Videos are shot in 1080p, which equates to 1920×1080. And the iPhone 5’s 8MP camera normally takes photos at 3264×2448.

Nevertheless, I could see this coming in handy in a number of situations, such as a parent videotaping their child at a sporting event. It’d allow them to grab the perfect action shot, without stopping the recording.

Sure, there’s nothing ground-breaking here. But if you didn’t know, now you know.


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  • Dana Mohammed

    we need a jailbreak not how to take photos

    • Malay Mody

      We all want a jailbreak. Whining incessantly about it on every single post on a blog won’t make the devs release it any faster

      • Dana Mohammed

        but it sure states my opinion right?

    • Neel Bajaj

      According to Musclenerds new tweet it’s this week!!!

      • Gray

        If his tweets are indeed a hint like they seem to be, then yeah, there’s a good possibility that @evad3rs are dropping the JB this week, and it’ll support not just 6.0.x, but 6.1 as well — on all devices except atv3 apparently.

      • Dana Mohammed

        big like 4 you

    • rosssimpson

      It’s not idb’s fault we don’t have a jailbreak, stop being impatient, you’ve probably waited like 4 months so i’m sure you can wait another week.

      • Dana Mohammed

        sounds relaxing

  • Reda A Al-Baqshi

    how to slide to unlock 😛

  • Yasser Kaskas

    Id always just play the video back and take screen shots.

    • Falk M.

      No geotagging though! 😛

      • burlow

        videos are geotagged

      • Michael Jay Delaney

        Screenshots are not however

  • Ricky

    I hope theres a jailbreak tweak that allow this for older gen… Does ipad4 can do this?

  • thepies

    iphone’s camera app is the worst,

  • burlow

    do we know for sure what res these pics are taken at? is it literally just a frame of the video?

    • Leslie Kwan

      No, we don’t know for sure what the resolution is of these pictures. People with good eyes just look at the picture and take their best guess.

    • christodouluke

      read the article, 1920×1080

      • burlow

        it says the videos are taken at that resolution, but doesn’t say whether the pictures are a frame grab or not.

      • SimonOrJ

        This implies it:

        “Keep in mind that photos snapped during video recording will be of significantly less quality than other images. Videos are shot in 1080p, which equates to 1920×1080.”

  • Rudolf Lichtner

    I bet almost everyone who took a video with his iPhone 5 already knew it. And those who don’t take videos don’t really need that info anyways.

  • cani canii

    copy paste from HTC

  • Sara alyse

    Can anyone help me? I have windows 8 & a ipod touch 4th gen & I been tryin to jailbreak for days now…

    • christodouluke

      This is not really the place to go for help.
      Go to /r/jailbreak and check the sidebar, it has everything you need.