If you own Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max smartphone or newer, you have a quick way of adjusting image quality when capturing video — no need to go through the Settings app. Follow along with iDownloadBlog’s step-by-step tutorial to learn how to adjust your iPhone video resolution and frame rate on the fly, directly from the Camera interface.
This feature requires the iOS 13.2 update or later, which released publicly on October 28, 2019.
If you own an iPhone 11 or newer with iOS 13.2 or later, you can cycle through the available resolutions and frame rates when shooting video directly in the Camera app. The feature works with both front and rear cameras, in either Video or Slo-Mo shooting mode.
This is something iPhone photography fans have been waiting for for ages!
Although the Camera app on older iPhones also displays the currently selected video resolution and frame rate, customizing video quality still requires visiting Settings → Camera.
So, if you happen to own an iPhone 11 or later, follow along with the step-by-step tutorial included below to learn how to customize iPhone video resolution and frame rate on the fly, directly from the Camera app interface.
How to change iPhone video resolution and frame rate on the fly
1) Launch the Camera app on your iPhone 11 or newer with iOS 13.2 or later.
2) Swipe left or right below the viewfinder to select Video or Slo-Mo.
3) You’ll notice the video resolution and frame rate labels appear in the top-right corner, separated by a dot. Tap either label to flip between your image quality settings.
Here’s how it works.
Tapping the resolution label flips between whatever is selected in Settings → Camera and your phone’s maximum video resolution. For example, if default shooting mode is set to 720p in camera settings, tapping the label will flip between 720p and 4K. Likewise, if video quality is set to 1080p in Settings → Camera, tapping the label cycles between 1080p and 4K.
However, tapping the frame rate label cycles through all the frames-per-second (FPS) values supported by the currently selected camera and shooting mode. If image quality is set to 4K in Settings → Camera, tapping the label in the Camera interface flips it between 24, 30 and 60 FPS. When shooting in 1080p, the frame rate label flips between 30 and 60 FPS.
In 720p shooting mode, your frame rate is limited to 30 FPS.
This super-handy feature is supported on iPhone 11 or newer models with iOS 13.2+, across front and rear cameras, in both regular and slow-motion capture modes. And while these labels are present in the Camera interface on older iPhones, too, they only reflect your currently selected video resolution and frame rate mode set in Settings → Camera.
And that’s all there’s to it!
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