Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic iPhone camera settings, part of Creating Online Video with the iPhone.
- So, now that we've gone through some of the different settings on various iPhones, I just wanna take you through the general camera settings that might be on your phone. Now again, it depends on what phone you have, your camera settings will change. So, we're gonna compare in this video the 7 Plus to the X. So, on your iPhone, all your camera settings can be basically found in one place. If we head to the Settings menu, what you wanna do is scroll down until you see your Camera.
Once you do, this is where you can find all the various settings that you would like for your camera. And how we could change a couple things for various recording formats. If we go to Preserve Settings, you can know that what's gonna happen is that your camera, if it's set to this, is gonna preserve the last mode, such as Video or Square, rather than automatically reset to Photo. So, those are the options that you can choose in your camera. Notice here as well you can preserve your last settings used filter or light, such as Vivid or Studio Light, rather than automatically reset.
This refers to the still photos on your camera and if you're using various studio lighting settings that we've discussed that are powered by artificial intelligence. You can know that Preserve the Live Photo Settings is a setting for photos as well, is gonna allow you to automatically reset to Live Photo if the setting is turned on for a big camera burst. I'm gonna go back into the camera. We've seen in some previous videos how you can use a rule of thirds to establish good composition in your video.
And one way is to enable a grid here, and this will show up there in your camera. Now, what we're really interested in is first of all the Record Video formats. It's here, you're gonna find all the different framerate and frame size options that we have when recording video at various sizes and framerates, except for slow motion. So, notice there the three 4K settings, that's the biggest quality settings. We've got 24 frames per second, 30, as well as 60. You can see that my phone is currently set to 24 frames per second, which is a more cinematic format.
One thing that I love here at the bottom is it also shows you with your actual iPhone settings how much a minute video will take up on your phone. Notice that at your 4K settings at the 24 frames per second film style, it's gonna take 135 megabytes per minute. That's quite a lot of storage, especially if you don't have a large storage space on your phone. So, that's something to keep in mind. If I go to something like 720 at 30 frames per second, that's gonna take up a lot less storage space except I have less bigger video size when I bring it into post.
Lock Camera is awesome. It is a automatically figure that won't switch between cameras while you're recording video. So, this is a great feature to have on, especially to lock your orientation. Heading back to the camera settings. Besides your basic standard Record Video Settings, we've also got Record Slow Motion. And if you want the highest slow motion, specifically on the iPhone X, you're gonna wanna go 1080p at 240 frames per second for some beautiful slow motion video.
I'm gonna head back into my camera here. As well as what we could do is see camera formats. As of the newer iPhones, we've got two different formats that you can shoot with with your camera. Most Compatible, or H.264, is your first camera format. And then reducing file size can be done with a high efficiency video codec that has been brought in recently on a Mac iOS update to some of the newer iPhone models. So, something that you wanna keep in mind in terms of that you have those two options to shoot with your video.
Heading back to the camera settings as well. The HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is going to refer to your still settings. So, that's High Dynamic Range or basically your value between the darkest pixel in your image versus the lightest pixel. You can get some beautiful photos by using Auto HDR. Now, last thing is to Keep Normal Photo along with your HDR photo so that you have options to go to if you don't like the result of the HDR image.
So, there is a basic rundown of the camera settings available on the iPhone. Once you've made those settings, you can then head to your camera on your phone and see some of these in action. Again, my slow motion settings right now, which I'm currently on, and is the last thing that I checked to in my video settings, were currently set to 240 frames per second. While my video settings, the 720 format which I can see on the top right-hand corner, as in that's what I just selected. So, even your phone guides you to what your settings are currently set to.
And if you need to, you can always go back to your settings, to your camera, and under that choose what is appropriate for you for shooting the content at hand.
- Planning your production
- Finding affordable lighting and audio equipment
- Shooting video at the right size and frame rate
- Preparing an iPhone for recording
- Shooting slow-motion and time-lapse video
- Editing video on your iPhone or computer
- Using third-party apps