iPhone 5 photos - some full screen, some not ... why?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by karansaraf, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. karansaraf macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2010
    Just noticed that some pictures I take with the Camera app on my iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1.4) are full screen, and yet others are letterboxed.

    This seems to be completely random. Looking back at my previous 20 or so pictures, 4 of them are completely full screen (taken in portrait orientation) and the rest (whether portrait or landscape in orientation) are letterboxed.

    Can't seem to figure this out - any ideas guys?
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  3. karansaraf thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2010
    Nope, no pictures whilst recording video.

    All have been taken with the Camera app, in photo mode.
  4. karansaraf thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2010

    The first two pics attached (the building and the exhibition banner) are full screen.

    The third (food shot) is letterboxed.

    All taken in photo mode, not whilst recording video.

    Attached Files:

  5. applhipstr macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2013
    I noticed this too. The iPhone 5 seems to just choose randomly which kind of photo it wants to take.
  6. Trius macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2008
  7. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2013
    Same for me.

    I always noticed it but didnt give it much thought
  8. LithePanther macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2011
    If you take it in landscape it comes out horizontally in the photos app.

    If you take it in portrait it comes out vertically.

    Edit: Maybe reading comprehension fail
  9. karansaraf thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2010
    Well yeah, obviously landscape photos will look letterboxed when viewed in portrait orientation.

    But my point is that even when taking photos in portrait mode, some will completely fill the screen when viewing them, others will be letterboxed top and bottom.

    The way I worded one sentence probably made that unclear.

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