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If you like to record videos with a current iPhone model and use the zoom, then it can happen that the lens of the double camera is changed during the recording. How you can prevent automatic switching of the lenses on the iPhone 7/8 Plus, iPhone X camera, I have put together for you in this guide. The advantages in addition to taking pictures with your favorite lens: you can still use the zoom when taking photos; and before starting a video recording, one of the two cameras can be freely selected (the 2x button can still be used).
The dual lens system on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X is a very useful feature. Whenever you need a double optical zoom, you can simply change the lens and do not have to resort to a digital zoom. However, this can be annoying when recording a video, as there is a noticeable “jump” in the recording when the lenses on the iPhone camera are automatically switched. This results from the different position and aperture of the two lenses. Whether it's a holiday video, short film or other video recording - switching bothers many users.
Fortunately, Apple has proactively decided to give a way in the settings to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. The magic word here is "lock camera lens" - and this is how you can use the function:
Austin Mann's test: A comparison of the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus cameras
A reader asked me today how to do lens selection on the iPhone 11 Pro (Max). The instructions above do not work on this iPhone model with three lenses.
In order to be able to choose from the lenses on this iPhone, you unfortunately have to switch to a special camera app. Halide - actually known for that Raw photography - Since a recent update, it offers the choice between magnification levels 0,5x, 1,0x and 2,0x, which corresponds to the individual lenses.
Under record video In the photo and camera settings under iOS on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, in addition to the resolution and frame rate, you can also specify that the selected lens is used without changing the zoom. Here, however, it is important to determine which lens is to be used before the recording. Do you want to capture close objects or capture more distant images with the 2x zoom lens? You can set this before filming, but you cannot change it during that time. With a little practice you will quickly know when to use which camera to get the best picture;)
My experience is that you can get the best quality without zooming. If you still don't want to do without the zoom, you can use the app "FiLMiC Pro". It allows many manual camera settings and also has a very soft zoom control that can even be operated remotely via a second iPad or iPhone. You can safely skip the bad reviews. The app is awesome and will soon deserve its own contribution to me!
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.