How to Select Camera Aspect Ratio on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Tuesday October 29, 2019 8:02 PM PDT by Tim Hardwick

Apple has redesigned the native Camera app on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro to make space for the various additional shooting options available in its new flagship phones, and one particularly welcome change is the introduction of different aspect ratio shooting modes.


As it exists on earlier iPhones, the Camera app offers only a single 1:1 aspect ratio shooting mode called Square, for taking Instagram-style shots, meaning users can only select different ratios later in the editing mode of the Photos app.

However, on ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, users can choose between three aspect ratio options when shooting in the Camera app: 1:1, 4:3, and 16:9. To get to the different shooting modes, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Camera app, then tap the chevron at the top of the viewfinder (or to the side of it, if you're shooting in landscape) to reveal the hidden drawer.

  2. Tap the 4:3 button in the toolset that appears directly below (or to the side of) the viewfinder.

  3. Select your preferred aspect ratio from the expanded 4:3 button menu.

  4. Proceed to take your shot.

Note that the 1:1 and 16:9 ratios are non-destructive. In other words, you can re-crop them in the editing window if you later decide you want to return to the typical 4:3 frame.

Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro

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7 months ago
Surely, older models could easily have this feature with a little software update.
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7 months ago
This is great but why the heck is there not a 3:2 option (or less needed but still handy 5:4)? This has been the standard for 35mm and APS sensors for decades, and many standard photo/frame sizes align with those (for example 4x6 and 36x24 are 3:2 aspects, 8x10 is 5:4). An ultra wide option like 2:1 would also be great.
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7 months ago


Apple is starting to turn into Android manufacturers where newer phones get software features that older ones don’t for seemingly no reason

I understand if the feature ties into hardware, like how the XR didn’t get the 2x button, but this has 0% anything to do with hardware

When the Google Pixel 3 was released with the awesome Night Sight, this was made available to all previous models via a software update...
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7 months ago


Surely, older models could easily have this feature with a little software update.

Apple is starting to turn into Android manufacturers where newer phones get software features that older ones don’t for seemingly no reason

I understand if the feature ties into hardware, like how the XR didn’t get the 2x button, but this has 0% anything to do with hardware
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11 weeks ago


This is great but why the heck is there not a 3:2 option (or less needed but still handy 5:4)? This has been the standard for 35mm and APS sensors for decades, and many standard photo/frame sizes align with those (for example 4x6 and 36x24 are 3:2 aspects, 8x10 is 5:4). An ultra wide option like 2:1 would also be great.

I'm still going through the capabilities and found that going to PHOTO, select image, EDIT and then select the ROTATE/CROP button. At the top of the screen on the upper right is an icon for size adjustment: Freeform; SQUARE; 9:16; 8:10; 5:7; 3:4; 3:5; 2:3 and gives you the aspect ratio that you want.
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