You can have Siri open the Camera app while you keep your hands free for holding onto a subject that you don't want to get away!

Taking a picture with the built-in Camera app is easy as pie. But, did you know that Siri can help get things started? The digital assistant can even help you take a Selfie (for reals this time). All you have to do is know what to ask.

How to take a picture

You can ask Siri to open the Camera app to one of the three available photo options.

  1. Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri or say, "Hey Siri."
  2. Say, Take a picture, Take a square picture, or Take a panoramic picture. The Camera app will open to the setting you asked for.
  3. Take a picture.

Siri "What can I help you with?"Ask Siri to take a panoramic picturePanorama on the Camera app

How to take a video

You can ask Siri to open the Camera app to one of the three available video options.

  1. Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri or say, "Hey Siri."
  2. Say, Take a video, Take a slow motion video, or Take a Time-Lapse video. The Camera app will open to the setting you asked for.
  3. Record a video.

Siri "What can I help you with?"Ask Siri to take a slow motion videoTime-lapse  on the Camera app

How to take a selfie

As of iOS 10, Siri will actually open the front-facing camera so you can take a Selfie.

  1. Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri or say, "Hey Siri."
  2. Say, Take a selfie. The Camera app will open to the front FaceTime camera.
  3. Record a video or take a photo of your beautiful, smiling face.

Siri "What can I help you with?"Ask Siri to take a SelfieSelfie on the Camera app

What Siri can't do with the Camera app

There are a couple of things your Camera app can do that Siri has not yet figured out, like trigger the flash, enable Live Photos, set a timer, or turn on HDR photos. Siri also can't turn on Live Filters, lock AutoFocus, zoom in, turn the viewfinder grid on or off, or change the video quality. But hey, it's a start.

Any questions?

Are there any other activities you wonder if Siri can do with the Camera app? Let us know in the comments.