How to take a photo while simultaneously recording video with your iPhone [App for that]

Our challenge this week was to find an app that could capture a still image -- a photo -- while simultaneously shooting video on the iPhone. With the default camera app, you have to stop recording video, switch to still camera mode, shoot a picture, then switch back to video and start recording that. Not ideal. Neither is trying to screen capture while recording, since there are way too many controls visible, cutting into the picture.

With over half a million apps for just about everything, you'd figure there'd have to be at least one in the App Store for this. But with so many apps, it can be hard to find the one you want. That's where we come in. We're sorting through the App Store and we're going to help find just exactly the app for that.

App for that: QuickPix

QuickPix does exactly what Ron is looking for. While filming a video, QuickPix has two buttons: one to stop recording, and one to take a photo. These photos are sent directly to your camera roll along with the video once you end the recording.

Some other features of QuickPick are RapidFire (2 pictures per second), QuickPic (shoot on app launch), and the ability to separately set the focus and exposure.

Now that I have discovered QuickPix, I will use it for all filming I do from now on. There have been multiple times where I had to choose between capturing video or taking photos of a special moment, but now I can do both! Thank you, Ron, for sending me on the hunt for this app!

Thanks to Ron - Ertiguy for the question. Anyone else have any App for That suggestions for Ron? Let him -- and all of us -- know in the comments below.

Having trouble finding what you need in the app store? Head on over to our App for That Forum and let us know what you're looking for. The iMore community will do our best to find you just the right App for That!

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at

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There are 17 comments. Add yours.

Doctor says:

Is there any difference in quality using QuickPix in terms of the final video or photos, compared to using the normal camera options in iOS?

Troy says:

Is there a break in the video? Guessing no but am wondering.

Christopher Kracht says:

i4 Video Camera does this as well. $4.99 but possibly many additional features.

Chris says:

Sorry I goofed on the i4 pricing it is $7.99 but does have some pretty powerful features. Won a MacWorld Best of Show award.

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Meche says:

Excellent read, I just pessad this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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Benjamin Mayo says:

Isn't the output picture lower quality though?

tinny says:

The price of the app just increased, it used to be free, I suggest to wait for a further price reduction

Tinny says:

In fact it decreased today to 0.99

easton022 says:

Or you could just use the native video camera, and take a screenshot (home + power) to take the picture...little photo edit required however..

Mindy says:

I'm interested on the iphone case ,... What was it?

John says:

I use an app called VideoPix. I can't tell you the current price, because it says "installed" when I view the app in the AppStore (I don't think it was more than 1.99). This app is fantastic, because it lets you call up any video in your camera library (even imported) and lets you grab any frame out of it at full resolution and save to your camera roll. The app has built-in playback controlls including frames-per-second adjustment down to 1fps, as well as frame-by-frame and rapid scrubbing. You can crop the frame right in the app and even apply a few filters to it. Personally I find it much more practical to snag a frame out of a video at my leisure, recorded using any video app I want, instead of trying to do two things at once in the moment with a video app I had to select before I started shooting. And no matter how careful you are, grabbing a photo during a video shoot ALWAYS creates camera jiggle, which ruins the video.

Catherine says:

sagt:@Alex: Zu einer Armada rehict es bei uns noch nicht. Da gibt es lediglich mein MacBook Pro mein iPhone. Vielleicht kommt spater noch ein MacBook fur meine Frau hinzu, damit sie nicht immer auf dem kleinen Netbook rumeiern muss.

Dave says:

It looks like it's been pulled? Anyone know. What's up? Can I still get this app?

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