iOS 7 (Camera, Video capture 001)

As we continue to discover both the big features and smaller nice-to-haves in iOS 7 on an ongoing basis, it has just come to our knowledge that you can access the Camera’s zoom controls while shooting video.

Think twice before dismissing this feature because real-time zooming during video capture allows for some interesting possibilities normally associated with camcorders.

I can easily imagine this being even more useful on a 12-megapixel camera with improved night shooting rumored to make its way inside the iPhone 5S

The feature only got a passing mention during Monday’s WWDC 2013 keynote – Apple doesn’t even detail them on the iOS 7 features web page.

To use zoom during video capture, just set the Camera app to Video mode by swiping left or right.

Upon hitting the big red red button to start recording, simply use the pinch gesture to zoom in and out during video capture. You can also tap-to-focus on your closeups as you’re shooting video.

To zoom out footage, pinch out anywhere on the screen or use the handy slider at the bottom part of the interface. Unfortunately, the slider doesn’t appear until you zoom in on the video.

To be honest, I would have preferred a persistent slider in order to avoid accidentally focusing instead of zooming in on my video.

If you’d like to take a still image during video capture, just hit the white button on the left. Check it out on the screenshot below – I was shooting a nice beach scene here just a few moments ago. This is a feature that was already available in iOS 6.

iOS 7 (Camera, Stills while shooting video)

Stills get saved straight to the Camera Roll, without disrupting video capture in progress. You can take as many stills as you like and, of course, tap-to-focus or zoom in on the subject to frame your photo as you continue recording.

To be perfectly clear, Apple actually extracts a full HD frame from your video so these stills max out at 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution. You just can’t have full HD video capture and eight-megapixel camera working simultaneously, at least not with the current state of technology.

Jeff has a more detailed article on other aspects of the Camera and Photos app in iOS 7, if you’re interested.

  • Tony Klapatch

    Simple yet useful features in iOS 7 make it much better then iOS 6.

    • Nico Spatola

      Right, but this is useless… digital zoom looks absolutely horrible making is useless for video.

      • Chindavon

        WORNG! I’ve used this and the digital zoom on video is actually great. I couldn’t believe it myself. Don’t know how they manage to keep the quality crisp, but man it looks good!

    • seyss


  • Guest

    Instead of making a new video or thread about every single f*cking feature, make a complete Video where you show all the new features!

    • iBanks

      What a d1ck ass comment.

    • felixtaf

      Instead of being a dick, y dont you do the complete video and then talk?

    • Maxim∑

      reality check- we are figuring things out as we use it. Apple didnt announce this

    • Chindavon

      Show yourself TROLL! Discovering new things daily, you tool.

    • seyss


  • dnice

    appreciative of the videos regardless if they are broken into features but i would love to see a total walkthough by Jeff in the near feature showcasing all of these features. and the changes in each stock app.

    • Raddi

      thats what i wanted to say!

  • Andy

    Really hope apple adds quick reply for sms and something like gridlock. i must say I like iOS 7 alot up to now.

    • yasin

      Hopefully they add it in the next beta. Quickreply is a feature iOS has been lacking.

  • Casey H.

    Don’t know if it’s been added to the list of discovered features, but check out the new landscape cover flow in the music app. Much better IMO.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      I loved the old one much better. It had large pics with the album and artist names below. The new cover flow lacks these and moreover it doesn’t show the album cover for many tracks imported form PC, it could be a ‘beta’ thing though.

      • Casey H.

        Oh I am only using iTunes Match so my covers were all there. I did like the large pics and names from before, but I thought it was daunting to flip through so many of them, it was really easy to skip some or not find them. To each his own I guess.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Sorry if this is a bad place to ask: But I want to know if I buy itunes match service, say for a year, can I download all my music library from iTunes and keep them for ever, even after my subscription expires?

      • Casey H.

        Thats a good question. I have replaced a lot of my own tracks with the high quality matched version, and when my plan expired they all stayed. Granted my plan only expired for a day, but I had no problems. Another thing to note is that you can turn itunes match off and as long as you have downloaded the tracks to your machine, every thing stays. At least it has for me. I dont have an official answer other than that unfortunately.

      • Mohammed Sahib


      • Raul Henriquez


      • Mohammed Sahib

        Thank you!

  • Jorge Cabral

    I’m not sure if this is even possible yet, but had anyone installed iOS7 on an iPad? I would love to see how the lockscreen handles with the new notifications and control center and if the parallax also works.
    Not sure if apple releases the beta for iPad as well.

    • Cameron Nelms

      They haven’t released the beta for iPad

    • Matthew

      They said they will release the iPad beta “in the coming weeks”. I’m right there with you. I am impatiently waiting for the iPad beta.

  • Omar D. Plumey

    You can also take a picture using the volume keys.

    • Thiago Vaccaro

      Lol you can do that since iOS 5

      • pegger1

        While recording a video?

      • TesticularFortitude

        Yes, you can take pictures while recording video.

      • felixtaf

        I think he is asking if u can use volume key as a shutter while recording video?

      • felixtaf

        Volume keys for pictures while on video recording? No… It stops the recording. Both up and down buttons. Jus tried…

      • Chindavon

        Yep true. Only shutter button on screen only.

  • Paul

    Please leak us iOS 7 Jeff!
    jokes! just kidding.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Are you serious? Just download iOS 7 from torrent and update through the computer’s iTunes.

      • yasin

        Device needs to have a registered UDID

      • Adam Bowman

        Nah, I’m talking about like those Flip HD video cameras. You know those? You hold them in portrait orientation, but they still take landscape (widescreen) videos. You know what I’m talking about?

      • Tony Klapatch

        I think you replied to the wrong comment.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        No. Try what I said. UPDATE through desktop iTunes. I did it.

  • Lawry

    Thank God!! It took apple so long to implement such a useful feature in video mode

  • Gary32283

    How about lock video recording to landscape? Nobody likes watching a video in the portrait aspect.

    • Bruno Pilz

      took me about an hour to find out: you simply have to doubletab the screen to “lock”it to landscapemodescreening…

  • MrBoobko

    On my 4S i can not zooming and take pictures during video capture 🙁 jet 😀

    • Patrick

      its probably a iphone 5 and above feature just like dropbox is

      • yasin


      • Kayneeezy

        by dropbox you mean air drop right?

      • Patrick

        thanks for correcting me:)

  • Romeo Thái Tử

    Hi guys! If iOS 7 release beta 2, 3 or 4 do we need to do all over again or just nomal update from phone or itunes???

    • Tony Klapatch

      In previous betas it has just been an OTA update.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    taking stills during video capture isn’t new in iOS 7. It was introduced in iOS 6

  • David Gitman

    When will I be able to tethered Jailbreak my iphone 4 with 7 beta 1

    • rain111

      Create one yourself, and you wont have to wait.

    • yasin

      It’ll take a while considering it came out this week. I wouldn’t tether it because it is an iPhone 4 and it might make it lag/glitch more than it already does.

      • David Gitman

        Oh cool thanks

  • Aaron de Silva

    They need to add a way to dismiss notifications!! Gets annoying when u just need to tap the top corners but the notification blocks it.

    • Aaron de Silva

      lol okay ignore me.. Didn’t realize you could swipe up to dismiss it.

  • batongxue

    Just for comparison.
    Already able to do that on HTC One.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      HTC one is a great phone, but your comment is irrelevant IMO.

    • felixtaf

      HTC one is running iOS 7? We are talking about iOS 7 in iPhone. Why u r bringing in unnecessary arguments here? Everybody know that these features are available in other platforms long b4. These are new to iOS. Let us enjoy it and please leave us alone….

      • yasin

        Exactly Mr. Felix! Even if these have been on android and other devices its not as beautiful as apple’s design

  • Bing Beta

    doesent work on iphone 4

  • “This is a feature that was already available in iOS 6.”

    Really? Where’s it? Only on iPhone 5? 🙁

  • Adam Bowman

    This is a much needed feature, but pinching to zoom is annoying. I agree with this article — the slider should be there the whole time.

    Oh, and here is an idea for a tweak: I wish I could hold my phone in portrait orientation but still take a landscape video. I know this would result in the screen image only taking up a small (middle portion) of the screen, but I think it would be worth it. Would any dev be willing to work on this as a jailbreak tweak? Or does this tweak already exist?

    • yasin

      You mean like a panoramic video? Try searching cydia might find it buried there.

    • Guest

      For that to work you would need a camera lens that swivels separate from the phone or have the video cropped down dramatically.

  • guidedbywires

    Now if they could just kill portrait video-shooting…

  • Isn’t this under NDA?

  • When i want to like someone’s comment here, instead if liking it, it shows me who else has liked it too.. :/

  • You can also use the torch now during video shots.

  • Drugge

    these features aren’t on iphone 4s, god damn

  • Fredrick Denham

    The vidoe zoom update for iOS 7 works on my iphone 5, but not on my 4th generation ipad (nor on my son’s iphone 4). Is this a permanent situation?