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Every time you press your iPhone camera’s shutter button, machine learning goes to work to optimize your image. However, computational photography is a resource-consuming process. As a result, you might miss your chance to capture a specific moment because the algorithm hasn’t finished processing the current shot yet. In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the iPhone camera can intelligently adapt image quality when rapidly pressing the shutter. Follow along with us as we show you how to take consecutive photos faster with your iPhone camera.

iPhone camera and fast shooting

The Camera app in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 is faster and has new features. Like, you can instruct your iPhone camera to prioritize faster shooting when not using Burst mode. With this setting turned on, the iPhone camera intelligently modifies how your photographs are processed.

iPhone camera - iOS 14 WWDC 2020 slide

You’ll experience a shorter delay between capturing one photo and taking another one immediately after. As a result, you’ll be able to capture up to four full-quality images per second on an iPhone 11 Pro without using Burst mode.

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This feature is off by default. Follow along with our tutorial for step-by-step instructions showing you how to configure your iPhone camera for even faster shooting.

How to enable faster iPhone camera shooting

Follow these steps to enable faster shooting in the stock Camera app:

  1. Open Settings on your iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 device.
  2. Choose Camera from the root list.
  3. Turn on the switch Prioritize Faster Shooting underneath the heading Photo Capture.

Doing so will enable rapid shooting at the expense of processing quality.

iPhone camera - the Prioritize Faster Shooting option enabled in Settings

Turn this on to shoot faster when not in Burst mode

Now when you rapidly press the shutter button, machine learning will spend less time improving your photograph. As a result of this, your images may be processed sub-optimally. In practice, however, you’ll be hard-pressed to notice any discernible differences.

Do you always manage to snap up images as soon as the opportunity presents itself? If not, keep this setting enabled in order to maximize your chances of capturing a specific moment.

Camera improvements in iOS 14

iOS and iPadOS 14 make you a better photographer by bringing out cool new features and improvements which were designed to let you take prettier photos with less effort:

  • Improved shot-to-shot performance: Shooting with the iPhone 11 Pro Max camera and Live Photos enabled is 90 percent faster than before. Time to first shot is up to 25 percent faster. Shot-to-shot performance in Portrait mode is up to 15 percent faster.
  • QuickTake video: Use QuickTake video in Photo mode on the iPhone XR/XS and newer.
  • Quick video toggles: All iOS 14-compatible iPhones now feature quick toggles within the Camera app for changing video resolution and frame rate while in Video mode.
  • QR code reading: You can scan small QR codes and those wrapped around objects.
  • Mirrored selfies: You can capture mirrored selfies that reflect the viewfinder preview.
  • Versatile volume button control: You can take photos in burst mode with the volume up button or QuickTake video with the volume down button.
  • Exposure compensation control: In iOS 13 and earlier, you can lock the current focus and exposure for upcoming shots. With iOS and iPadOS 14, you can lock an exposure compensation value for photos and videos for an entire camera session. Plus, you can now separately lock camera focus and exposure for a specific shot.
  • Updated Night mode: Night Mode used a device’s built-in gyroscope to display a handy guidance indicator. The indicator helps you stay steady throughout the capture. And instead of waiting for the capture to finish, you can now cancel in mid-capture.

Additional camera and computer vision improvements are visible elsewhere in iOS.

Other iPhone camera tidbits in iOS 14

You’ll see a handy privacy-boosting recording indicator whenever an app is using the camera, both in the status bar and in Control Center. On devices with the A12 Bionic chip and later, you’ll appreciate enhanced face tracking in augmented reality apps.

iPhone camera settings with the Mirror Front Camera option enabled

iOS 14 lets you take mirrored iPhone selfies

iOS and iPadOS 14 also make your FaceTime video-calling experience better by making it appear as if you’re looking directly at the camera instead of the screen.

50 major new features in iOS 14

For a quick overview of the 50 headline new iPhone and iPod touch features introduced with iOS 14, be sure to watch our hands-on video walkthrough embedded right ahead.

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