How to Zoom While Recording Videos on the iPhone

Here is a guide on how to Zoom in and out while recording video on your iPhone.

As the iPhone video capabilities have progressed over the years, Apple has incorporated different tools to assist users in recording the best possible footage of their lives. One of the best evolutions of the video camera on the iPhone is the Zoom feature.One of the best evolutions of the video camera on the iPhone is the Zoom feature. Zooming is a

One of the best evolutions of the video camera on the iPhone is the Zoom feature. Zooming is a valuable use of the iPhone’s camera.

How to Zoom While Recording Videos on the iPhone

Here are the steps to take in order to zoom while recording videos with your device.

Zooming While Recording Video

Open your Camera app on your iPhone and get ready to shoot a video. When you are using the Zoom feature, you will want to have a few fingers handy to perform the gesture to zoom. There are a couple of different positions you can take depending on how you are shooting video, either portrait or landscape mode.

Pinch to Zoom While Recording

The essential zoom gesture is a finger pinch just like you would to zoom in on a document or photo. You should see your video view zoom in now as well as a slider appear on the screen. The slider is an alternate way of continuing to zoom in or out and can be tapped and slid while it is on the screen.

When you zoom in with your camera, keep in mind that the quality will degrade and there will be a zoom limit depending on the iPhone you are using. This feature is perfect however for zooming in on a dance recital, wedding ceremony or any other event where you are a distance away from your subject.

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Another cool tip to share is that within the Photos app in the iOS, you can pinch to zoom in further on videos in your Camera Roll. If you have a video you zoomed in with while filming, you can play it and then pinch to zoom on the playing video. This is a hidden feature that can definitely be useful for enhancing your view further. Again, this will degrade in quality as you are blowing up an already zoomed image.

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Zoom is a valuable asset to the iOS camera and can be used in all modes excluding Pano. You can often achieve a sharper depth of field when zooming slightly so using zoom carefully can definitely benefit in creating a great looking shot or video.