Your dog is upside down and you try to unlock the phone and run the camera app before you miss it. Fortunately, you don’t need to unlock it: the Camera app is just a swipe from the lock screen. Here’s how to get there ASAP.
The Secret Wipe
To open the camera app for iPhone as soon as possible, you must first wake your iPhone from sleep mode. Depending on your settings, you can do this by physically picking up the phone, tapping the screen, or pressing the top or side key.
When you see the lock screen, place your finger on the area of the screen that doesn’t contain notifications, and swipe left. If you swipe your finger far enough, the Camera app opens immediately.
Once the Camera application is open, you can use it, as usual, to quickly take photos or videos: Press the circular shutter button or the record button on the touch screen. Or you can start the recording process by pressing the volume up or down keys on the side of the phone.
When you’re done taking the photo or video, press the top or side button again to lock the screen, and your iPhone screen will turn off. All captured photos are automatically saved in your photo library.
(Quick) long press
If your iPhone’s lock screen has a small camera icon in the lower-right corner of the screen, you can also long-tap the icon to launch the camera app. (But don’t worry: the swipe method still works.)
Depending on your dexterity, this method may be slightly slower than swiping the lock screen to open the Camera app, but not by much. We like to understand!
What is the iPhone’s “movie mode” for shooting videos?
3 and the iPhone 13 Pro, Apple has introduced Cinematic Mode, a new way of recording video that lets you focus and watch subjects smoothly during and after shooting.
Is this the iPhone video revolution we’ve been waiting for? Could be.
What does movie mode do?
Video mode offers seamless depth-of-field control, both during and after video recording. In filmmaking, the term “focusing” or “focusing” means shifting the focus to a single object or an object in a frame to distract the viewer.
IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro (including Mini and Max versions) can use this mode to capture up to 1080p at up to 30 frames per second in Dolby Vision HDR mode. Given that the vast majority of film productions use 24 frames per second (24p), limiting the frame rate shouldn’t be a big deal, but higher resolution shots would be great.
After capturing your video, you can use keyframes to add focus strokes at set intervals, allowing you to focus effectively on any subject in the frame that was acceptably sharp during shooting.
Apple says it has improved its autofocus algorithms to intelligently identify and track objects you may also want to focus on. You can easily take over the function by clicking on an object or object in the frame. Tap again and the camera will track this subject with “AF Tracking Lock” displayed on the screen.
Apple says the iPhone 13 even assumes that objects will reach the screen, and will automatically focus on the subject during certain activities, such as looking away from the camera.
Limited to iPhone 13 models
Because movie mode relies on the diagonal camera layout seen in the iPhone 13 family, this feature does not get into older devices. As with iPhone 11 night mode, third-party apps may attempt to port this feature to older phones. In fact, Focus Live has been doing this since 2020.
Did you miss the iPhone 13 notification? Find out what’s new in Apple’s menu.
How movie mode works
Apple has created a short film called Whodunnit, which they shot using Cinematic Mode, which shows how well the technology works. The results are promising, with smooth focusing that doesn’t seem to suffer from too keen stretching as the camera shoots beyond the focus point before retracting.
This fluency is probably due to Apple’s implementation of this feature through software magic. Cinematic mode uses both rear cameras on the iPhone 13 (and two of the three rear cameras on the iPhone 13 Pro) to create an in-depth scene map.
Using this data, the iPhone then simulates the desired aperture and creates the effect of a small depth of field, provided you have sufficient depth in the shot in the first place.
Because the distance between the sensor and the lens on the iPhone is so small (known as the flange focal length of interchangeable lens cameras), it’s much more difficult to create a large depth of field than a comparable SLR or digital SLR. The cinematic mode will hopefully help beginning filmmakers get more impressive images from their smartphones.