How to change video quality from camera app in iOS 13.2

Oct 29
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Apple has finally updated the camera app in iOS 13.2 to allow changing video quality settings, without leaving the app. Users can change the video resolution as well as frame rate, from a new option in the camera app. Here is how you can switch video settings from the camera app in iOS 13.2, as long as you are using the iPhone 11 camera app.

Why are the new video settings only in iPhone 11 camera app?

Even though this minor feature was a long-time coming, Apple has made a strange choice to only make this update available for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. It is seemingly a simple UI update, which should not require a device with A13 chip to work. iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X do not get this update, despite their superior processing power. No matter what Apple’s reasoning is, it is disappointing for customers who are using older iPhones, and have to close the camera app and go to Settings to make any changes.

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The irony is that third-party iOS camera apps have long offered the option to change video settings, right from the app's user interface.

How to change video settings in iPhone 11 camera app

If you have an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, here is how you can switch your video settings:

  1. Open the camera app
  2. Navigate to video
  3. You will see two new settings on the top right. The value on the left is the video resolution, while the value on the right is frame rate. iOS 13.2 camera video settings
  4. Tap on either of these to change them. You can switch between 4K and HD for video resolutions, while frame rate can be switched between 24, 30 and 60, based on the video resolution.

If you using an older iPhone, you can try out apps like ProCam or ProCamera. These apps not only provide video settings in the user interface, they also let you change other settings like exposure, white balance and much more.

iOS 13.2 was released earlier today and also brings new features like Deep Fusion (iPhone 11 only), Siri privacy controls, new emojis, AirPods Pro support, and much more.

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