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iOS 7 Beta Allows Users to Zoom While Recording Video

ios7cameraAs noted by iDownloadBlog, the first beta for iOS 7 allows users to use zoom functionality while recording a video in the redesigned Camera app.
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.
Previously, iPhone users could only use zoom functionality before they started recording a video in video mode. There are third party apps, such as MoviePro, that allow users to zoom, but those apps require post processing to register any zooms.

9to5Mac has posted a video showing the feature in action and highlighting how the image presented maintains a high quality even at full zoom.


The report also notes that the video zoom does not pan as close as the image zoom does, but estimates that the feature allows for a 2-3x zoom with no post processing required.

Related roundup: iOS 7

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Posted: 11 months ago

Am I the only one who hates the new camera app? Zoomed video? Square photos? Cheesy vintage filters? I may stay on iOS 6.


Yes, because Apple points a gun at your head and forces you to use all these three things whenever you open the Camera app. :rolleyes:
Rating: 29 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago

Am I the only one who hates the new camera app? Zoomed video? Square photos? Cheesy vintage filters? I may stay on iOS 6.

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Exactly. I'd rather not have the feature at all. A lot of people use it without knowing the harm it causes and then wonder why their photos look so terrible.


You do realize this is zooming for video not stills. You should be able to zoom an 8MP sensor image 2-3 times without any loss of quality at 1080p. I don't understand the problem you have with this, its free and you don't have to use it :confused:
Rating: 12 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago
I don't get the concept of digital zoom... you'd be better just cropping the image, or moving closer, rather than degrading the quality.
Rating: 9 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago

Am I the only one who hates the new camera app? Zoomed video? Square photos? Cheesy vintage filters? I may stay on iOS 6.


I would like to have your troubles. I would be happy man.
Rating: 8 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago

Am I the only one who hates the new camera app? Zoomed video? Square photos? Cheesy vintage filters? I may stay on iOS 6.

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It's there as an option.. No one is making you use it! Sheesh

Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago

Their existence really annoys me. They get in the way of my photo taking. I mean, you have to swipe from photo, to 'square', to video, where in iOS 6 you just flip the photo/video switch.


Huh? Photo is still located right beside Video. You can entirely ignore Square and Pano if you don't like them.
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago

Relax! I can't imagine anyone who wants professional quality video or photo using mobile phone camera. It is mostly used for fun and as such it does serve its purpose nicely! If video fps, zoom, image quality and and all that is your concern then you should go for the big boys (Cannon/Nikon)


Exactly. There will be millions of Mom and Dads zooming into the catch the facial expression of their little one while recording a birthday video, or people sharing concert footage from the show with a nice little zoom in on Adam/Nate/Trent/Maynard (whoever :D )

They're not worried about post-production, a little graininess, they want to capture the moment in real time.

I'm glad they're adding features to the stock camera app, it's still the one I use the most ... and what I'd like to see is those features available in a standard invocation of the camera in an app, so you get all sort of additional camera features without additional coding complexity.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago

Am I the only one who hates the new camera app? Zoomed video? Square photos? Cheesy vintage filters? I may stay on iOS 6.

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Exactly. I'd rather not have the feature at all. A lot of people use it without knowing the harm it causes and then wonder why their photos look so terrible.


Apple gives you a more functional camera, and you're upset about it?
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago



Exactly. I'd rather not have the feature at all. A lot of people use it without knowing the harm it causes and then wonder why their photos look so terrible.


Lol at "the harm it causes"....
Hahahahahaha......
Does it kill polar bears?
Also, how would zooming in slightly whilst shooting a video make your PHOTOS look terrible?? *confused*
Rating: 1 Positives
Posted: 11 months ago

However a word of caution.

Any good HD video camera will 'zoom' to a point with an optical lens, preserving image quality. iOS devices rely on digital zooming which although may increase zoom 2x/3x, will also degrade your image quality proportionally.

In this case it won't affect the quality of the image. Read the entire thread as to why since its been stated multiple times.
Rating: 1 Positives

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