The new features let you take pictures faster and control exposure more easily. They can also help you stay calm while taking photos in night mode. These are all improvements that make the camera app easier to use.
For a step-by-step guide to the new camera features in iOS 14, check out the video below.
iOS 14 adds instructions to night mode
If you want to take a great photo in night mode, you need to keep your phone as still as possible. There are now guides in iOS 14 to help you stabilize your phone while taking handheld night mode photos.
If you move your iPhone too much, a crosshair (one yellow and one white) will appear on the screen. You can then adjust the way you hold the iPhone until the two crosshair guides meet. This makes the cameras more stable and allows them to take sharper photos.
The new night mode guides are reminiscent of the crosshair guides that appear from top to bottom when recording.
Mirror your selfies
When you take a selfie, iPhone inverts your photo so that, for example, text is legible. However, if you prefer selfies that are a reflection of yourself, iOS 14 has your back. You can now. If there is text on your shirt, it will appear backwards like a mirror image.
It’s worth noting that Android phones like Huawei have mirrored selfies for years.
To enable mirror selfies on your iPhone, go to the settings, camera and turn on Composition under the section Mirror camera.
What’s great is that it works for both photos and videos. However, the live preview on the screen is not mirrored. So if you want to use your selfie camera to do makeup, it will flip you over until you record a video or take a photo.
iOS 14 adds an exposure compensation wheel to the camera app
Adjusting the brightness of a picture you want to take can be a hassle in iOS 13. This is because the focus and exposure are grouped together in a little yellow square that appears when you tap the screen. This yellow square is called the AF / AE (autofocus / auto exposure) box.
To override and change the exposure, tap the brightness icon to the right of the AF / AE point and drag the screen icon up or down. It’s a pain to use because it’s so small: I do those tiny clicks to get the brightness where I want it, and end up feeling like a dog scratching a door to get in become.
There’s a new exposure compensation wheel in iOS 14 that solves all of this and makes it easier to adjust the brightness of your photo lighter or darker. When you open the camera tool drawer above the shutter button, you’ll see a new exposure compensation icon that’s a circle with plus and minus signs in the middle. Tap the icon to open the watch face. Then swipe the watch face left or right to increase or decrease the exposure. Apple even labels the dial with exposure values, just like a mirrorless camera or DSLR camera.
When the exposure dial is open, a tiny meter appears in the top left of the display. As you make adjustments, you can see how much you make changes. Tapping the tiny meter will also show the EV.
This makes it easy to adjust the brightness of a photo without all of the finger dog scratches.
Faster shot-to-shot performance in iOS 14
Another great addition is the ability to take consecutive pictures faster. When you’re not in burst mode, iOS 14 offers less delay between taking a photo and taking another photo immediately afterwards. Below you can see a direct comparison with iOS 13 on the left and iOS 14 on the right. iOS 14 is dramatically faster.
It’s enabled by default in iOS 14 Beta. However, if you’ve turned it off and need to turn it on, go to the settings, then camera. You will find it Prioritize faster shooting below.
With iOS 14, you can use the volume up key for burst shots
Currently in iOS 13, a quick take video is recorded when you press and hold any of the volume keys. The iPhone will record the video as long as you hold down the button.
In iOS 14, you can remap the volume up key to take a series of photos when you press and hold them. As long as you hold down the volume up button, a series of photos continues.
To activate this, go to the settings, camera and switch on Use Volume Up for Burst.
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