How to zoom on the iPhone 8 Plus camera

One-handed zoom on iPhone is here, and it’s glorious.

Digital zoom is never going to be great — you’re essentially just cropping and enlarging pixels from the original photo. But, more often than not, we use digital zooms when composing iPhone images — especially if we’re shooting a subject from far away.

Thanks to its multi-camera system, the iPhone 8 Plus offers up to 2x optical and up-to-10x digital zoom when composing your images — and better still, that zoom is now a one-handed circular swipe. Here’s how it works!

How to use photographic zoom on iPhone 8 Plus

Note: Portrait mode doesn’t currently support zoom, since both lenses are already active and engaged.

  1. Open the Camera app and swipe to the Photo, Square, or Pano option.
  2. Tap on the 1x button and swipe to the left to increase zoom, swipe right to decrease. You can increase up to 10x in Photo or Square, and up to 2x in Pano.
  3. To return to 1x, tap again on the zoom button.

Note: You can also quickly switch between 1x and 2x zoom with a single tap of the zoom button.

How to use zoom with video on iPhone 8 Plus

  1. Open the Camera app and swipe to the Video or Slo-Mo option.
  2. Tap on the 1x button and swipe to the left to increase zoom, swipe right to decrease. You can increase up to 3x in Video or Slo-Mo, or up to 2x in Time-Lapse.
  3. To return to 1x, tap again on the zoom button.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments.

Updated September 2017: Updated for iPhone 8 Plus and to clarify zoom limits for each camera mode.

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