iPhone 11 and 11 Pro: Camera Features and Tips

With the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple introduced updated dual and triple-lens camera systems, respectively, and added quite a few new camera features that are worth knowing about.

In our latest YouTube video, we've highlighted all of the most useful camera features and functions included in the ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro for those who are coming from an older iPhone and want to know what's new.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Photos Outside the Frame

When you take a photo with the telephoto or wide-angle camera on the ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ or the wide-angle lens on the ‌iPhone 11‌, there's a feature that automatically captures what's outside the frame using one of the other lenses, just in case you accidentally cut something out.

camera
You can turn this on in the Camera section of the Settings app and take advantage of it when editing pictures in the ‌Photos‌ app. Any photo with a square icon and a star has more outside the frame that can be used when changing the crop of the photo. It's a bit of a niche feature, but it can come in handy for group shots, landscape images, architecture photos, and other situations where you might want to change the crop of the image after taking a picture.

‌Photos‌ Outside the Frame doesn't work on all images all the time and you're not going to want to leave it on all the time because it disables another feature -- Deep Fusion.

Deep Fusion

When you upgrade to iOS 13.2, you'll get a new camera feature called Deep Fusion, which is something that works in the background and doesn't need to be turned on. Deep Fusion uses machine learning and the A13 chip in the ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro for pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for texture, details, and noise reduction in each part of an image.


You're going to notice it most in photos of people and pets where fabric, hair, and other such textures are prominent. Deep Fusion is designed to work primarily on indoor photos and in situations where the lighting is kind of at a medium level - not too bright and not so dark that Night Mode is engaged. Deep Fusion is automatic and can't be turned on or off, but it does get disabled when you have ‌Photos‌ Outside the Frame turned on.

‌Night Mode‌

‌Night Mode‌ is one of the key features in the ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro so you've heard of it and probably tried it out if you have one of the new iPhones, but there are a few little tips worth knowing.


‌Night Mode‌ comes on automatically in situations with low lighting, and you know that it's activated when you see a yellow icon at the top of the ‌iPhone‌'s camera with a little moon icon and a number.


With ‌Night Mode‌ shots, Apple requires you to hold the camera steady for a few seconds while it takes multiple images of a scene to get the best possible lighting, so that number on the icon is the number of seconds that the shot will last.

Apple automatically selects the best exposure period based on the lighting conditions, but if you tap that moon icon, you can adjust the slider to the left to turn off ‌Night Mode‌ if desired or to the right to choose a longer exposure, which can slightly change the look of the photo.


In general, Apple's default settings are good and most people aren't going to need to adjust their ‌Night Mode‌ exposure times. Knowing how to turn ‌Night Mode‌ off is useful, though, as there are times that you might want to get a quick night time shot.

To get the best ‌Night Mode‌ shots, make sure to hold your ‌iPhone‌ as steady as possible for the recommended number of seconds, and choose a scene with a subject that isn't moving much.

Live Photos

In iOS 13 Apple will automatically group ‌Live Photos‌ in succession together, letting you watch them video style. If you have several ‌Live Photos‌ that you took at one time, you can press on the first of the bunch and it will show you the playback from all of the ‌Live Photos‌ that you took rather than just the few seconds from a single Live Photo.

photos
You can also select all of the ‌Live Photos‌ that you took, tap on the Share icon (square with an arrow through it) and then choose to save that as a video.

This probably isn't a feature that you'll use too often, but it's nice to know that it's available if you've done something like take a bunch of photos of a pet or child and want to turn it into a little video instead.

These ‌Live Photos‌ changes are available on the ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro, but can also be used on older iPhones running ‌iOS 13‌.

Quick Take

The ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro have a neat Quick Take feature that makes it easy to take a video without having to swap over into video mode. If you're shooting photos and decide to make a video instead, just hold down on the shutter button and it will start recording.

camera
If you want to keep recording for more than a few seconds, keep holding and swipe over to the right side of the screen to continue the video in the video mode.

QuickTake videos are recorded at 1920 x 1440 resolution at 30 frames per second in the 4:3 aspect ratio. Videos are 1440 x 1440 resolution when using the square aspect ratio, and 1920 x 1080 in 16:9 aspect ratio.

Burst Mode

Holding down the shutter button is actually how Burst Mode works in older iPhones, so if you're missing Burst Mode, don't worry, there's still a method to use it.

Hold down the shutter button for Quick Take mode and then just swipe over to the left instead of the right to activate Burst Mode. Burst Mode takes multiple photos in quick succession and then lets you choose the best of the bunch.

Portrait Mode

When using Portrait Mode on the ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you're no longer limited to just one lens. On the iPhone XS and XS Max, only the telephoto lens worked with Portrait Mode, but with the new iPhones, Portrait Mode works with both the telephoto and wide-angle lenses.

To swap lenses, swipe over into Portrait Mode, and then tap on the little "2x" or "1x" icons on the left side of the screen to zoom in or out. Using 1x mode will let you fit more into the photo and it's perfect for scenes with multiple people or objects, while 2x mode is great for zooming in on a single person, pet, or other item.

The ‌iPhone 11‌ doesn't have a telephoto lens, so it is limited to the wide-angle lens and no zooming in is possible.

Wider Selfies

The front-facing camera has also been updated with an option that lets you get more in the frame, which is perfect for group selfie shots.

With the front-facing camera activated, tap on the little arrow towards the bottom of the screen to zoom in or zoom out. Zooming in and out only works in standard Photo mode, and you can't use it with front-facing Portraits.

‌iPhone 11‌ and ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ Camera How Tos

More ‌iPhone 11‌ and ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ Tips

For more on what's new in the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro, make sure to check out our dedicated roundups (linked above) that go over all of the features in the new devices.

Guide Feedback

Have questions about ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro camera features or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
23 weeks ago
A big thank you for this! The new cameras and software are great, but really need clear explanation, especially since some settings will block others. Thank you, and well done!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
23 weeks ago
In the right conditions Deep Fusion provides some spectacular results. Don’t know how well it will show up here, but if you zoon in in the corn in the corn pit, or the edges of the snow, the detail is far better than 13.1





Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
23 weeks ago
I really wish there was an option in settings to revert holding the shutter button or volume button down to burst mode. That’s how DSLRs work and that’s what I’d prefer. Default to video sure but give the option in settings, let people choose.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
23 weeks ago
It’s too bad there isn’t a way to change the resolution of the photos you are taking (like basically every camera in existence.)

I hope they don’t continue the trend that new phones get different versions of the same app, with better features. It kinda sucks for the rest of us that still paid the same amount, or more.

iOS devices have always had the same apps, at least until the devices are no longer supported. That is part of what makes their ecosystem so consistent.

It’s understandable if it’s because of hardware changes, but some of this stuff is definitely not.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Leaker Claims New 13-inch MacBook Pro Coming as Soon as Next Month

Monday April 6, 2020 2:56 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple will announce a new 13-inch MacBook Pro in May with the codename J223, according to a rumor shared by YouTuber and leaker Jon Prosser. Note: it’s a refresh to the current 13” So the bigger 14” display upgrade is a big possibility— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 4, 2020 Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models with scissor keyboards ...

'Leaked' Images Allegedly Show iPhone 12 With Smaller Notch, Rear Camera Redesign, and Home Screen Widgets

Tuesday April 7, 2020 4:28 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Two images shared on social media this morning are currently stoking speculation about possible hardware redesigns coming to the iPhone 12 and the potential introduction of Home screen widgets in iOS 14. Shared by Twitter user Fudge (choco_bit), the images depict a front and rear graphical representation of a smartphone with interface elements on the screen, suggesting it came out of a...

Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1 With Fix for FaceTime Bug

Tuesday April 7, 2020 10:06 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1, minor updates that come two weeks after the release of iOS and iPadOS 13.4, major updates that introduced iCloud Folder Sharing, a new Mail toolbar, trackpad support for the iPad, and more. The iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4.1 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General...

More References to Apple's Upcoming Low-Cost iPhone Appear Online

Monday April 6, 2020 4:38 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Further references to Apple's upcoming low-cost iPhone have appeared online, one on a Chinese e-commerce website and another on Verizon's smartphone trade-in page. Spotted by tech blog MySmartPrice, Chinese retailer JD.com has published a placeholder for Apple's so-called "iPhone 9" that includes a teaser image of a veiled smartphone, but other than that it lacks any particularly revealing...

Apple Reportedly Targeting WWDC for Over-Ear Headphones Launch, New 'AirPods X' Later in the Year

Tuesday April 7, 2020 7:00 am PDT by Eric Slivka
Rumors of Apple-branded over-ear headphones have been circulating for quite some time, while more recent rumors have mentioned an "AirPods Pro Lite" that could also be in the works, and Twitter leaker Jon Prosser's recent foray into Apple rumors provides a bit more detail on what we might able to expect for these products. Current Beats Studio3 Wireless and BeatsX On the over-ear side,...

Facebook Launches 'Tuned' Messaging App for Couples

Wednesday April 8, 2020 4:50 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Facebook has quietly released Tuned, a new messaging app designed to provide a "private space" for couples to connect, reports The Information. Designed by NPE, an experimental group within the company that was established last year, the app encourages couples to share messages, notes, cards, voice memos, photos and Spotify songs with each other, thereby creating a "digital scrapbook" of...

Apple Shares Assembly and Use Instructions for New Face Shields, Shipping 1 Million Per Week to Medical Workers

Tuesday April 7, 2020 8:54 am PDT by Eric Slivka
Following this weekend's news from Tim Cook that Apple is working with its supply chain to produce a million face shields per week for medical workers, the company has shared a support document outlining how to assemble and adjust the shields. The document includes a series of images and animations showing how the simple three-piece product can be assembled for either a regular fit or with...

Some Users Experiencing System Crashes on macOS 10.15.4, Especially During Large File Transfers

Monday April 6, 2020 8:17 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
A sizeable number of Mac users are experiencing occasional system crashes after updating to macOS Catalina version 10.15.4, released a few weeks ago. The crashing issue appears to be most prominent when users attempt to make large file transfers. In a forum post, SoftRAID described the issue as a bug and said that it is working with Apple engineers on a fix for macOS 10.15.5, or a...

2020 iPad Pro Confirmed to Lack a U1 Ultra Wideband Chip

Tuesday April 7, 2020 7:52 am PDT by Eric Slivka
Last week, we laid out evidence suggesting that the just-released iPad Pro models do not contain a U1 Ultra Wideband chip, including the lack of any mention of the chip in tech specs or Apple's press materials, the absence of software support for U1 features, and more. Most tellingly, iFixit was unable to find the chip or related antennas in the device. Daring Fireball's John Gruber has follo...

The New York Times, IFTTT, Medium, and Other Apps Adopt Sign in With Apple Ahead of June 30 Deadline

Sunday April 5, 2020 7:08 pm PDT by Frank McShan
Apps with sign-in functionality, including The New York Times, IFTTT, Medium, and more, have continued to adopt Apple's secure Sign in with Apple feature ahead of a deadline of June 30. The deadline for these apps to support the feature was recently extended from April 30. Sign in with Apple, first introduced in iOS 13, allows users to create accounts for apps and websites using an Apple ID. ...