How to take a photo while simultaneously shooting video with your iPhone or iPad
With the Camera app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPhone, you can not only take photos and shoot video, but take photos while you're shooting video. Whether it's an amazing moment amid the action, or just a great composition you want to capture in its won right, there are times when you'll want to have your video and photo too! Luckily, Apple makes it easy to do.
How to shoot a still photo while simultaneously capturing video on your iPhone or iPad
- Launch the Camera app from your iPhone or iPad Home screen
- Switch to video mode and start recording. (See: How to record a video with your iPhone or iPad)
- Tap the take picture button to the left of the stop/start button.
The screen will flash white to indicate you've taken the photo. Every time you tap the take picture button, another photo will be saved to your Camera Roll, while at the same time your video will just keep recording.
Note: The pictures taken using this method are substantially lower quality than regular pictures. They're 1280x720 (1.2mp/720p/16:9). Most modern iPhones shoot in 3264 x 2448 (8mp/4:3). What you gain in flexibility you lose in image size. (Though it's still better than taking a screenshot of the video later, which results in 1136x640 (0.7mp/16:9).
How to get more help with Camera for iPhone and iPad
- How to quickly access your iPhone camera from the Lock screen
- How to quickly access your iPhone camera from Control Center
- How to take photos with your iPhone or iPad
- How to record a video with your iPhone or iPad
- How to record slow motion videos on your iPhone
- How to switch between 120 fps and 240 fps when taking slow motion video
- How to take time lapse videos with the Camera app
- How to use the panorama camera on your iPhone
- How to use the timer in the Camera app
- How to take a photo using the volume up button with your iPhone or iPad
- How to take a photo while simultaneously shooting video with your iPhone or iPad
- How to quickly edit and share photos and videos from the camera app on iPhone and iPad
- How to use the camera flash on your iPhone
- How to use the HDR camera on your iPhone or iPad
- How to switch between the rear iSight and front FaceTime camera on your iPhone or iPad
- How to lock focus in the Camera app for iPhone and iPad
- How to quickly adjust exposure in the Camera app
- How to use burst mode to capture all the action with your iPhone camera
- How to preview camera filters in real-time on your iPhone
- How to enable the camera grid on your iPhone or iPad
- How to turn photo geotagging on or off on your iPhone or iPad
- How to restrict access to the Camera app with parental restrictions
- Best camera apps for iPhone
Note: Originally published February, 2012 by Leanna Lofte. Updated July, 2014.