IOS 14 photos and camera: QuickTake shortcut, photo captions, mirrored selfies, and more.

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The biggest changes to iOS 14 focus on the Home screen, app library, redesigned compact interface for phone calls and Siri, Picture in Picture, Translate app, and privacy protections. updated, but Apple has also improved many of its existing apps to add new features and functionality.
The Photos and Camera apps haven’t received any new designs, but have received some notable changes such as captions, navigation improvements, new shortcuts for capturing images, and more, with all new additions to both. applications described in the guide below.

Camera performance and shooting speed

Apple in ‌iOS 14‌ added speed and efficiency improvements to the Camera app. You can capture photos up to 90% faster, at up to four frames per second. The time it takes to take your first photo after opening the app is now 25% faster, and portrait capture is 15% faster.


There’s also a new “Prioritize faster shooting” toggle in the Camera section of the Settings app that adapts the image quality when you quickly press the shutter so you can make sure you don’t missing a photo due to processing times.

Extended QuickTake Video Support

QuickTake in ‌iOS 14‌ is now available on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. Previously, it was limited to iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and SE (2020). QuickTake lets you hold down the shutter button in still mode to capture video without having to switch to video mode.

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Volume up / down burst mode and QuickTake

It has long been possible to press volume buttons to take a photo when the Camera app is open, but this shortcut functionality is extended in ‌iOS 14‌. If you long press the volume up button, you can take a series of photos in quick succession, which is known as burst mode.

If you hold down the volume down button, you can activate QuickTake to capture video without having to take the time to switch to video mode.

Video mode switch

In the upper right corner of the Camera app, you will find details about video quality and frames per second in video mode. In ‌iOS 14‌, you can tap this corner to change the video mode rather than having to open the Settings app to do so. It works in video mode and in Slo-Mo mode.

Exposure adjustment and night mode enhancements

In the Camera section of the Settings app, if you tap on “Keep settings” you will find a new toggle for “Exposure adjustment”. Adjusting the exposure preserves any changes you’ve made to the exposure rather than resetting it from shot to shot so you can continue shooting at your preferred exposure settings.


Enabling exposure adjustment also ensures that the exposure adjustment indicator remains visible.

Selfie mirror

When you take a selfie with an iPhone using the Camera app, it flips the image to be the opposite of the mirror image shown in the preview, which can be confusing. Since most social media apps use mirroring selfies, many people are more accustomed to the mirroring feature than the reverse selfies used by iPhone.


In ‌iOS 14‌, you can use the new “Mirror Front Camera” toggle to have the Camera app take mirror image selfies where the finished product looks like the preview image. To activate the function, open the Settings application, select Camera and activate the “Front mirror camera” option.

Captions and filtering photos

The ‌Photos‌ app in ‌iOS 14‌ supports captions so that you can add extra context to your photos with the information you add synced on iOS and Mac.


To add a caption to an image in the ‌Photos‌ app, just swipe your finger up on any photo you are viewing to see additional details, then hit “Add caption” and type whatever you want .


In the “All ‌Photos‌” view, there is a “Filter” option where you can choose to display favorite photos, edited photos, all photos or all videos. To access the filter options, tap the three dots in the upper right corner and select “Filter”. You can also choose to change the aspect ratio grid to show photo sizes or stick to the square version.

Album sorting and hidden album

In any album in the ‌Photos‌ app, you can tap the three dots in the right corner of the screen to access sorting and filtering options. The filter options work as above, but the sort option lets you sort the oldest photos or the most recent photos to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.


As for the hidden album, there is a new option to hide it from the album list. In the “Photos” section of the Settings application, activate the “Hidden album” option. The album will not be available in the ‌Photos ,, application, but you will still see it when using the image picker in other applications.

Pinch to zoom in and out gestures now work in the Albums, Favorites, Media Types and Shared Albums sections of the ‌Photos‌ app, so you can easily zoom in and out to see everything in a given location. In iOS 13, the pinch-zoom gesture to see more photos or larger photos was limited to the main “Photos” section.

Memories and Live Photos improvements

Apple in ‌iOS 14‌ improved the Memories feature to display more relevant photos and videos, and there are more music tracks available to watch with photo slideshows. Apple claims that the framing has also been improved when switching between horizontal and portrait orientations for better transitions.

Redesigned Image Selector

Throughout ‌iOS 14‌, there is a new image picker everywhere you use iOS to insert a photo into another app. The new version allows you to select albums or search for people, places or photo content, making it easier to find the exact photo you want to use.

Better zoom

In ‌iOS 14‌, you can use the pinch to zoom feature to zoom in a lot more on photos than was possible in ‌iOS 13‌, so that you can see more detail in a photo.

Limited permissions on photos

Apps that request permission to access photos can now have access to a limited number of images if you don’t want to allow an app to access your entire camera roll.


With the limited photos option, you can continuously update photos shared with the app, selecting only a few at a time that you want to download or edit.


You will be asked about limited access to photos whenever an app wants permission to use photos, and you can control which apps have access to all of your photos, limited photos, or no photos in the Privacy section of the Settings application under “Photos‌”.

Guide commentary

Have questions about Camera and ‌Photos in features in ‌iOS 14‌, know something we forgot, or want to give your feedback on this guide? Send us an email here. If you want to learn more about what’s coming to ‌iOS 14‌, be sure to check out our iOS 14 roundup.

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