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How to Use Panorama on the iPhone in iOS 6 (Video)

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With iOS 6, iPhone users can take panoramic photos with the built-in Camera app thanks to a new iPhone Panorama mode.

A panoramic photo is a great way to share a sweeping shot of landscape, a look at a new room inside or to capture a huge group of friends at a table.

The iPhone panorama mode is only available on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, so older iPhone users will need to rely on the many third-party panorama apps like 360 Panorama.

The iPhone panorama mode is tucked away in the camera options, but once it’s located it is easy to turn on and off to take panoramic photos and switch back to regular photos.

How to Take a Panorama on the iPhone in iOS 6

The video below covers how to take a panorama on the iPhone 4S with iOS 6, and the same goes for the iPhone 5. The key is to keep very steady, so a small tripod may be a good investment.

Open the Camera app on the iPhone like normal.

Tap on the Options button in the middle top of the screen.

How to iPhone panorama

How to take an iPhone panorama.

Tap on Panorama.

Line up the camera and press the shutter. There is no need to hold it down.

Move the iPhone to the right, keeping the arrow on the line. This allows the iPhone to capture a collection of photos at the same level.

How to Panorama iOS 6

To take a Panorama on the iPhone, keep the arrow on the line.

It’s also possible to take vertical panoramic photos on the iPhone, just turn the iPhone on its side. I find that the performance is best when starting in the brightest area and moving to the darkest. While in Panorama mode the iPhone doesn’t account for changes in brightness well, so areas may be darker or brighter than expected.

It is tougher to keep the arrow on the line when shooting a vertical panorama on the iPhone, than a horizontal one.

To exit Panorama mode on the iPhone, tap done.

Sharing Panoramic Photos from the iPhone

The Panoramas captured by the iPhone are quite large, at 16MB for those I created. When sharing though the Photos app to Facebook or Twitter, the app automatically compresses the photos to a sharable size.

If you want to share the photos with someone who will print them, or be looking at them on a computer, email isn’t the best option. That too automatically reduces the size of the photo.

I recommend uploading photos to DropBox to share with a link.

It’s possible to share the photo with the new Shared PhotoStream feature, but the downloaded file is only 2MB in size, so it’s not the best one for printing.

Sample iPhone Panorama Mode Photos

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

18 Comments

  1. Chris

    09/20/2012 at 10:35 am

    Is this not available on the iPhone 4?

    • Chris

      09/20/2012 at 10:36 am

      Never mind I decided to READ

    • Yubraj

      10/08/2012 at 3:13 am

      boring me too feeling sad

  2. Knight

    09/20/2012 at 11:58 am

    I’ve got iOS 6.0 and I am not seeing any panorama button at all. Does it need to be turned on in the settings?

    • Guest

      09/20/2012 at 5:45 pm

      Read the article again….

      • craig

        11/18/2012 at 7:09 am

        Why don’t you just answer the guys question? Jeez

    • Jeanie

      10/09/2012 at 9:16 am

      If you have an iPhone 5 or 4S, just go to your camera, select options. a drop down menu will display the panorama, select it and begin taking your pictures.
      P.S.. don’t forget to download ISO6.

  3. Shirl

    09/21/2012 at 2:40 am

    can’t wait to try this and going to print out from print n share exciting!

  4. Dan Smigrod (@smigrod)

    09/21/2012 at 12:11 pm

    Once you shoot your iPhone iOS panoramas you can publish 28 MB panos to TourWrist.com or via the free TourWrist 360º pano app. View / Share / Grab embed code

  5. Amanda

    10/06/2012 at 3:17 pm

    how do you turn it off you cant take pictures at night

  6. Jeanie

    10/09/2012 at 9:13 am

    If you have an iPhone 5 or 4S, just go to your camera, select options. a drop down menu will display the panorama, select it and begin taking your pictures.
    P.S.. don’t forget to download ISO6.

  7. Passy

    10/09/2012 at 1:36 pm

    iPhone Panorama Pics –> http://www.facebook.com/iphonepanorama

  8. Dick Patience

    10/14/2012 at 10:28 am

    Sucks! Doesn’t work on IPad2 iOS6. Something like this should be easy enough to include in all versions with a camera. Looks like a great feature. Too bad I can’t use it with iPad2…….did I say it doesn’t work with iPad2? Just making sure.

  9. Steve

    10/14/2012 at 1:16 pm

    So, how did you get your iphone to record the screen? Is your phone jail broke? Which leads to next question – there is an iOS6 jail break already?

  10. craig

    11/18/2012 at 7:08 am

    Keep in mind that you can take an image that is only a portion of the full width by hitting done while the arrow is still part of the way through the pan. You might want a very wide angle shot but not as wide as a full pan.

  11. Drew Koch

    03/07/2013 at 7:08 pm

    If you took a really cool panorama and want it printed, I’ve heard good things about http://pantastic.co

  12. Mig

    05/27/2013 at 4:41 pm

    Nice hash pipe & 1-hitter under the monitor, Josh!

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