Thanks to iOS 7, you can now zoom in on your subject while recording a video

Thanks to iOS 7, you can now zoom in on your subject while recording a video
A couple of new features related to taking videos using iOS 7 have just been discovered. Neither one has been promoted by Apple, but both are features that could come in handy. One gives you a way to zoom in while you're shooting a video, although it does require you to pinch-to-zoom while recording. Or, you can tap-to-focus on your closeup as you zoom. Zooming out requires that you pinch out on the screen, or use the slider at the bottom of the screen. For some reason, this capability wasn't even mentioned on the iOS 7 features web page.

Another new but unheralded feature allows you to take a still picture while in the midst of capturing a video. To do that, all you need to do is tap the white button on the bottom of the screen while recording a video. The still pictures go right to your picture roll and you can take as many pictures as possible and still tap-to-focus or zoom in at the same time.

Take a look at the video below to check out the zooming capabilities on iOS 7. And we also have a still picture for you to look at, which was snapped while a video was being recorded.

source: YouTube, 9to5Mac, iDownloadBlog via Gizmodo



1. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

my Nokia 6630 can do that zooming while recording video. that was year 2005.

3. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

6. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Even my $99 Nokia 5233 does that.

12. gaurang

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

hahaha apple got owned... nice comment

13. Anti-troll-returns

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I am telling you again! This is the innovation of the decade!

19. ihatesmartphone unregistered

You got banned..

20. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

man I tough this news was a joke ?

2. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Android has already had this feature for so longgggg


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Before android there was Symbian! Dont fotget Symbian father of all modern mobile os's! My old Nokia devices could zoom, Apple....FAIL!

4. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I have that feature on my note 2... What a lame...... And still there are no new features that are REALLY NEW!! Very INNOVATIVE company!!

5. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

the blackberry playbook can do it

7. FlushGordon unregistered

it's called digital CROPPING folks (rolls eyes) since iPhones (and other smartphones) are incapable of zooming optically

8. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

You mean, previous iOS versions don't have this? (Sorry, I'm not apple-oriented.. Must be something to do with my taste)

9. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Goodness me, how much have they been missing?, they probably thought it's too embarrassing to mention it as even dumb phones had it ages ago.

10. jibraihimi

Posts: 806; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Good to see ios is now incorporating features which are standard among other platforms.....

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Apple omitted it because it probably wasn't a very important feature. As for taking pictures while video capturing, you can already do that without upgrading to iOS 7. I understand that you guys at PA like these flame wars, but if you're going to make an article as pointless an useless as this, at least be accurate.

14. Anti-troll-returns

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Thanks to ios. Why we should be thankful to iOS7?

15. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

c'mon guyz stop the hate I also hate Apple but they have added many features in iOs7 that were not present in previous builds of iOs. But I have to say the icons are worst on iOs now.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Wow you go Apple tha'ts what we call innovation..........FAIL! My old phones from almost 10 years ago could zoom.......Apple you are a joke and a BIG FAILURE!

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll use this feature a lot, glad to see it finally arrive. Ios7 looks to be a bottom 9 walk off homer.

22. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Just drop already your apple sh.t and start to enjoy freedom and high technologies. Poor guy thinks apple is on fire :/

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude get lost, cuz your negativity will have no affect on my next purchase.

24. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Lol.. Take it easy...

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Apple really lagging behind.

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