How to Select Camera Aspect Ratio on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Apple has redesigned the native Camera app on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro to make space for the various additional shooting options available in its new flagship phones, and one particularly welcome change is the introduction of different aspect ratio shooting modes.


As it exists on earlier iPhones, the Camera app offers only a single 1:1 aspect ratio shooting mode called Square, for taking Instagram-style shots, meaning users can only select different ratios later in the editing mode of the Photos app.

However, on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, users can choose between three aspect ratio options when shooting in the Camera app: 1:1, 4:3, and 16:9. To get to the different shooting modes, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Camera app, then tap the chevron at the top of the viewfinder (or to the side of it, if you're shooting in landscape) to reveal the hidden drawer.

    Tap the 4:3 button in the toolset that appears directly below (or to the side of) the viewfinder.

    Select your preferred aspect ratio from the expanded 4:3 button menu.

    Proceed to take your shot.
Note that the 1:1 and 16:9 ratios are non-destructive. In other words, you can re-crop them in the editing window if you later decide you want to return to the typical 4:3 frame.

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SoN1NjA

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Really nice of Apple to give us 16:9 capture at the viewfinder when all mobile displays have moved past it :rolleyes:
 

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This is great but why the heck is there not a 3:2 option (or less needed but still handy 5:4)? This has been the standard for 35mm and APS sensors for decades, and many standard photo/frame sizes align with those (for example 4x6 and 36x24 are 3:2 aspects, 8x10 is 5:4). An ultra wide option like 2:1 would also be great.
 
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SoN1NjA

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Surely, older models could easily have this feature with a little software update.
Apple is starting to turn into Android manufacturers where newer phones get software features that older ones don’t for seemingly no reason

I understand if the feature ties into hardware, like how the XR didn’t get the 2x button, but this has 0% anything to do with hardware
 
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pika2000

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Sounds like Apple is simply "tagging" the photo's metadata with whatever (aspect ratio) the User decided at capture.
Which is ingenious. That way users still have the original full capture accessible if needed. I wish every camera and phones do this.
 

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This is great but why the heck is there not a 3:2 option (or less needed but still handy 5:4)? This has been the standard for 35mm and APS sensors for decades, and many standard photo/frame sizes align with those (for example 4x6 and 36x24 are 3:2 aspects, 8x10 is 5:4). An ultra wide option like 2:1 would also be great.
I normally set my DSLR to 16:9 anyway so I don’t use 3:2. But most of my work is time lapse for television so is use 3840x2160 fairly often. Nice that I’ll be able to use my phone as a backup. :)
 

hirsthirst

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Hadn't worked this out yet & was missing square format - many thanks for this useful string of info posts.
 

zunamo

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Strange UI choices with the swipe up and duplication of flash + live photo buttons.

Still no grid and framerate controls...
 
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Which is ingenious. That way users still have the original full capture accessible if needed. I wish every camera and phones do this.
Which makes it even more weird the fact that it’s missing in other iPhones. A bug is the only reasonable explanation.
 

pika2000

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Which makes it even more weird the fact that it’s missing in other iPhones. A bug is the only reasonable explanation.
There could be a technical explanation for it. I mean in order to do this, the phone has to capture photos from both lenses simultaneously. To give Apple the benefit of the doubt, it is possible that the previous iPhones’ camera units were simply not wired to do this.
 

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Apple is starting to turn into Android manufacturers where newer phones get software features that older ones don’t for seemingly no reason

I understand if the feature ties into hardware, like how the XR didn’t get the 2x button, but this has 0% anything to do with hardware
When the Google Pixel 3 was released with the awesome Night Sight, this was made available to all previous models via a software update...
 

rishiomedia

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Fantastic, since I do all my photography in square. The next step - offer lossless aspect ratios in video mode because I also do all my film work in square! I sent  Feedback.
 

pika2000

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So you're saying last year's $1000+ iPhone camera hardware wasn't up to the job that a 3year old $500 Pixel phone was able to do?
Huh?
There are other factors in the price of iPhone, so making price comparison solely on one single feature is pointless and quite stupid to be honest.

Besides, I can get a cheaper Xiaomi than the stupid Pixel and get a port of the google camera app to get google’s night mode with even better camera hardware. So why even pay $500 for such overpriced Pixel?
 

usamaah

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Genuine question, is there any way to set the 16:9 aspect ratio to default? My sister has an iPhone 11 and prefers that mode of pictures but she has to manually change it (if she has moved away from the camera app's photo mode). I don't have an iPhone but I messed around with it and there wasn't a way to make it stick, though I did this like 2-3 weeks ago so maybe there's been an iOS update to address this?