How to record and share a Slo-Mo video on the iPhone 5s, including Instagram!

The Camera app on the iPhone 5s and above can not only record video, but can record 120 frames-per-second (fps) slow motion video as well. If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you get a mind blowing 240 fps mode as well. Slow motion video means just what you'd expect — everything recorded moves more slowly, but still smoothly. It's like the effects you see in movies and on TV. Better still, Apple lets you quickly and easily set in and out points for the slow down effect at any time, so you can make sure your video only goes slow, and stays slow, for the precise moments you want.

How to shoot a slow motion video on your iPhone

  1. Launch the Camera app from the Home screen of your iPhone — slow motion if available on the iPhone 5s and newer.
  2. Switch the slider along the bottom to Slo-Mo by swiping your finger to the right twice from the default photo mode — or just tap the word Slo-Mo at the bottom left.
  3. Record the video you want to have a slow motion portion in just like you'd record a regular video.
  4. Once the video is done recording, tap on the thumbnail in the bottom left hand corner to pull it up.
  5. Here you can play the video and drag the sliders around in order to adjust what part of the video is actually slow motion.

How to switch between 120 fps and 240 fps

If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you get two choices when it comes to slow motion video, 120 fps and 240 fps. While 240 fps is higher quality, it also requires a heck of a lot more light. If you notice that the video quality appears very dark, try switching to 120 fps instead which will allow more light in and produce a brighter overall video.

  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
  2. Switch the slider along the bottom to Slo-Mo by either swiping to the right or by tapping the word Slo-Mo.
  3. Tap where it says 240 fps in the bottom right hand corner to toggle to 120 fps — if you're in landscape mode, the option is in either the top left or right corner, depending on how you're holding your iPhone.
  4. You can quickly tap the control again to return to 240 fps. This way you can see the light difference between both.
  5. Tap the shutter button to start recording.

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