Secret Ways to Use iPhone Camera Applications to Take Extraordinary Photos

4. Switch Between Wide, Ultra Wide & Telephoto Lenses

Do you have an iPhone with two or three rear-facing lenses?

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If so, you can switch between the iPhone camera lenses to zoom in and out on the scene.

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have three lenses: Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto.

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The iPhone 11 has two lenses: Wide and Ultra Wide.

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Older dual-lens iPhones have the Wide and Telephoto lenses. And single-lens iPhones just have the Wide lens.

If you have a dual or triple-lens iPhone, read on to learn how to switch between lenses while shooting.

In the iPhone Camera app, you’ll see the Zoom icons at the bottom of the viewfinder.

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0.5x is the Ultra Wide lens. 1x is the Wide lens. And 2x is the Telephoto lens.

Note that you’ll only see the numbers corresponding to the lenses that you have on your iPhone.

Tap 0.5x to use the Ultra Wide lens.

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Tap 1x to switch to the Wide lens.

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And tap 2x for the Telephoto lens.

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The 1x Wide lens has a moderately wide angle of view. This lens is suitable for most shooting situations.

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The 0.5x Ultra Wide lens has a much wider field of view. This lens lets you capture more of the scene, which is perfect for landscapes, cityscapes, and large buildings.

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The 2x Telephoto lens lets you zoom in to get a closer view of distant subjects. It’s perfect when you can’t physically get closer to your subject.

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