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iOS 6: How to Take Photos While Shooting Video on the iPhone 5

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It’s possible to take a photo while shooting video on the iPhone 5 thanks to a new feature in iOS 6. This means users don’t need to choose between taking video and capturing a perfect photo opportunity.

While shooting video on the iPhone 5 users can tap on the camera button to take a photo while the video keeps rolling.

The feature is only available on the iPhone 5. Even though the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS run iOS 6, there is no way to take a photo while shooting video on these older devices. This isn’t reason alone to buy the iPhone 5 over the iPhone 4S, but it’s another example of how Apple keeps the best features for the newest iPhone.

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The iPhone 5 lets users take photos while shooting video.

Take Photos While Shooting Video on the iPhone 5

The video below walks through taking a photo while in video mode on the iPhone 5. It’s easy to miss the small camera icon in the upper right, but that’s all there is to taking a photo while shooting a video.

Tap the small camera icon in the upper right to take a photo, you can take photo after photo without stopping video.

Read: iOS 6 Tips and Tricks

Below are a number of sample photos taken while also shooting a video. The photos captured are at a lower resolution than the iPhone 5 normally takes photos because it matches the video resolution. This means photos are 1920 x 1080, which is still suitable for sharing online and printing for home use.

This new feature helps Apple compete with the Samsung Galaxy S III, which also allows users to take a photo while shooting video. This feature is the focus of several Samsung ads, but isn’t mentioned by Apple in iPhone ads.

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]

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