Camera features on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro that aren’t (or work differently) on other iPhones

Apple introduced updated dual-camera and three-lens camera systems in its iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, respectively, and added some new features. Find out more about them.

Capture a photo outside the frame

When you take a picture using a telephoto lens or wide-angle camera on ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ or wide-angle lens on the iPhone 11‌, you can use an interesting function. Using one of the other lenses, it automatically captures, what is beyond the viewfinder. This is very useful if you accidentally trim something.

This feature can be enabled in «Camera» applications «Settings» and use it when editing images in the application «Photo».

Any photo, bounded by rectangular frames, actually has a larger area. This can be used when changing the cropping of a picture.

This function can be considered niche, Nevertheless, it may come in handy for group shots, landscape images, architectural photographs and other situations, in which you may need to change the cropping of the image after shooting.

On the other hand, the function «Capture a photo outside the frame» most likely the user will not want to leave it always on. The fact, what is this feature, being active, disables another useful feature – Deep Fusion.

Deep Fusion

With the release of iOS 13 update.2 a new camera feature called Deep Fusion is now available on iPhone. It works in the background and does not require inclusion. Deep Fusion uses machine learning and the A13 chip in the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro for pixel-by-pixel photo processing. This optimizes the texture, detail, noise in each part of the image is reduced.

This is best seen in photographs of people and pets with fabrics, hair and other similar textures. Deep Fusion is primarily designed for working with photographs indoors and in situations, when the lighting is average – not too bright and not so dark, as present in night mode. Deep Fusion is an automatic function and cannot be forced on or off. Nevertheless she disconnects with active mode «Capture a photo outside the frame».

Night mode shooting

This mode has already been called one of the key for the Phone 11 photomodule‌ and 11 Pro. Surely you’ve heard of him, perhaps, even already tried if you own one of the new iPhone. Nevertheless, there are several nuances, worth knowing about.

«Night mode» turns on automatically in low light situations. You can find out about it, if you see a yellow icon at the top of the iPhone camera with a small moon icon and a number.

When shooting in «Night mode» Apple recommends holding the camera still for a few seconds – to create the best lighting in the scene, you need to take a few shots. On the icon «Night mode» in the upper left corner just shows the number of seconds, which is required to take a photo in a given light.


Apple automatically selects the best exposure period based on lighting conditions, but if you click on the moon icon, you can adjust the slider to the left to disable «Night mode» if necessary, or right, to choose a longer exposure. This may slightly change the look of your photo.

Generally, Apple’s default settings are good, and most people do not need to adjust the exposure time in «Night mode». However, it’s good to know, how to disconnect «Night mode», as in some cases you may need to take a quick shot in low light.

To get the best shots in «Night mode», be sure to hold your iPhone as stable as possible for the recommended number of seconds and select a scene, in which the object is stationary, as much as possible.

Quick Take

iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro have a convenient Quick Take feature, which makes it easy to shoot video, without switching to this shooting mode. If you take photos and decide to suddenly start shooting videos, just press and hold the shutter button, and the smartphone will start recording video.

If you want to, so that recording lasts more than a few seconds, keep holding the button and swipe to the right side of the screen. This will give an opportunity «on the fly» switch to traditional video mode.

New Burst Mode

Holding the shutter button enabled burst shooting on older iPhones. On iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, it works differently.

When you touch the shutter button, just swipe right right, left to activate burst mode. This mode takes multiple shots in quick succession, and then lets you choose the best of many.

Portrait mode zoom

When using Portrait mode on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you are no longer limited to one lens. On the iPhone XS and XS Max, only the portrait lens worked with this mode, but with the new iPhone, portrait mode works like a telephoto lens, so with wide-angle lenses.

To change lenses, swipe the screen in portrait mode, and then click the little icons «2x» or «1x» on the left side of the screen. This will allow you to enlarge or reduce the image. Using 1x mode allows you to enter more details into the photo and is ideal for scenes with several people or objects. And 2x mode is great for displaying one person, pet or other object.

iPhone 11 does not have a telephoto lens, therefore it is limited by a wide angle lens, making approximation impossible.

Extended Selfies

The front camera has also been updated ​​with option, which allows you to get more objects in the frame. Thus, it is ideal for group selfies.

With the front camera turned on, click on the small arrow at the bottom of the screen, to enlarge or reduce the picture. Zoom in and out only works in standard mode «Photo», you cannot use it with portrait images of the front camera.

Bonus: Video from Live photos

The changes described below in «Live photos» available on iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, but can also be used on older iPhones with iOS 13 or later.

In iOS 13, Apple automatically groups «Live photos» one after another, letting you watch them in video style. If you have several «Live photos», which you shot at a time, you can click on the first, and the smartphone will show you the reproduction of everything made «Live photos», not just a few seconds of one «Live photo».

You can also select all made «Live photos», click on the icon «Share this» (a square with an arrow through it), and then save everything in video format (in detail).

Sure, this feature will not be used very often, but nice to know about its existence. «Live photos» will be in demand, if you shot a child or pet, but I wanted to mount a small video based on this material.