Everything new with the Photos & Camera in iOS 14

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Apple's iOS 14 introduces hundreds of changes to the mobile operating system. Here, we are taking a deep dive into the Photos and Camera apps in the iOS 14 beta to uncover more than 30 tweaks and new features users will see when they upgrade.

Photos app in iOS 14
Photos app in iOS 14


We have been testing the developer beta on various devices for a few weeks and, after taking countless photos, have come to appreciate the changes iOS 14 will bring.

Apple has focused on making the Photos app easier to navigate while at the same time offering quick and easy access to your library. There is also a clear priority on making the Camera app more powerful, with many more user-accessible settings options and new ways to take photos.

Of course, both apps also have various quality of life improvements, icon changes, and performance optimizations iOS users have come to expect with a new operating system release.

See the changes in our hands-on video and follow along in our annotated lists.




Camera app

All the new changes in the iOS 14 Camera app

  • The quick action menu on the Home screen has new glyphs for most actions

  • New toggle for Exposure Compensation in Camera settings

  • In the Settings app, Grid has moved to "composition" and capturing outside the frame has been simplified

  • New toggle in Settings to mirror photos taken with front-facing camera

  • New toggle in Settings to capture burst shots with up-facing volume rocker

  • New toggle in Settings to prioritize faster shooting

  • Camera app is up to 90% faster and can capture up to four shots a second. Time to first shot is 25% faster and Portrait shot-to-shot is 15% faster.

  • New chevron for accessing settings from within Camera app

  • In those settings is a new exposure compensation control


  • Exposure Compensation meter
  • New exposure compensation meter in the top left corner when active

  • New guide sign when capturing night mode shot to help stabilize


  • Capture burst shots with volume up button
  • Volume up can now capture burst photos by holding it down

  • Volume down can start a QuickTake video or just snap a photo

  • QuickTake comes to iPhone XR and iPhone Xs

  • Toggle video modes on all iOS 14 devices

  • Camera app is now better at scanning QR codes

Photos app

All the new changes in the iOS 14 Camera app


    New Photos widget in iOS 14
  • Photos has a new widget for the revamped Home screen

  • In Settings, "Reset Blocked Memories" becomes "Reset Suggested Memories"

  • Easier to navigate by pinching and zooming throughout the app


  • New actions available
  • Ellipsis on the top right adds new actions for zooming in and out, adjusting the aspect ratio grid, and filtering

  • Albums can be sorted oldest or newest first

  • Photos can be filtered by favorites, edited, photos, and videos. Combinations are allowed

  • When viewing a photo, it can now be zoomed in on much further

  • Can add captions to shots

  • Captions sync across devices and are searchable

  • When applying a filter to the video, the progress image is updated and less obtrusive, now only in the lower-left corner

  • Memories now show more relevant videos and photos. They've been enhanced with additional music tracks, have better stabilization, and improved framing when alternating between portrait and landscape orientations.

  • Live Photos taken on iOS 14 are more stable when viewed in Years, Months, and Days view

  • Recently deleted shots are now sorted in reverse with the newest at the bottom


  • Updated image picker
  • New image picker throughout iOS which is easier to use, faster, and is searchable

  • Can limit what third-party apps have access to
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    iOS_Guy80iOS_Guy80 Posts: 553member
    What an informative and concise overview of what will be new in the iOS 14 camera and photo apps.
    frantisekOferStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 12
    rcfarcfa Posts: 1,124member
    These features may be great, but when a supposedly independent site sounds like a paid-for Apple add, but has amateur production values, it loses any credibility.

    Either produce infomercials, but then match or surpass Apple’s production values, or produce a critical video on what’s better, different, and worse; but stop gushing like you’re a high school kid who just won a date with a Playboy model...
    frantisek
  • Reply 3 of 12
    AlgerAlger Posts: 29member
    rcfa said:
    These features may be great, but when a supposedly independent site sounds like a paid-for Apple add, but has amateur production values, it loses any credibility.

    Either produce infomercials, but then match or surpass Apple’s production values, or produce a critical video on what’s better, different, and worse; but stop gushing like you’re a high school kid who just won a date with a Playboy model...
    Meow.  Jeesh, lighten up.
    OferStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 12
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,642member
    rcfa said:
    These features may be great, but when a supposedly independent site sounds like a paid-for Apple add, but has amateur production values, it loses any credibility.

    Either produce infomercials, but then match or surpass Apple’s production values, or produce a critical video on what’s better, different, and worse; but stop gushing like you’re a high school kid who just won a date with a Playboy model...

    Can you cite the last article that was a paid for Apple ad?

    Any site will do. Thank you. I will wait here....
    tmayOferStrangeDays
  • Reply 5 of 12
    frantisekfrantisek Posts: 744member
    Wow, really many new things and functions. Looks like Apple stopped pushing their ideas and listen more to users desires and understood that many users are really literate.

    But how many centuries it will take to give us one hand/one finger zoom? It suck so much you need to use other hand for something that simple!

    And I agree that articles sounds so exciting about everything new when saying we finally got this feature would fit in place 100% better.
    Many article are fast written to be the first with little research but eye catching Titles.
    Just my 2 cents
  • Reply 6 of 12
    All nice new features, but we're still stuck with a camera app that makes us scroll, one by one, through the kinds of photos we want to take.   Want a pano?   swipe left 4 times until pano comes up.   How is this still a good interface that they have kept it in place for so long?
  • Reply 7 of 12

    I was hoping that Apple would reverse course on the Non-Destructive video editing. At least give an option to save as a different file they did before the non-destructive editing. 

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 12
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,764member
    rcfa said:
    These features may be great, but when a supposedly independent site sounds like a paid-for Apple add, but has amateur production values, it loses any credibility.

    Either produce infomercials, but then match or surpass Apple’s production values, or produce a critical video on what’s better, different, and worse; but stop gushing like you’re a high school kid who just won a date with a Playboy model...
    GTFO of here with that nonsense. This is a great summary of what’s new. If you want to go hate on Apple and expect AI to do the same you’re lost, bro. To suggest AI is paid by Apple just reveals a conspiracy-addled mentality. Get real. 
    edited July 2020 watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 12
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,808member
    All nice new features, but we're still stuck with a camera app that makes us scroll, one by one, through the kinds of photos we want to take.   Want a pano?   swipe left 4 times until pano comes up.   How is this still a good interface that they have kept it in place for so long?

    There is a setting that allows the last mode used comes up, rather than default back to photos.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 12
    djfriardjfriar Posts: 26member
    I really wish sites would stop heaping praise on Apple for glossy features and take them to task for continuing to have core functionalities completely broken/missing/inconsistent.

    Still no support for Smart Albums on iOS.
    Still no support for suppressing faces you don't want (macOS or iOS).
    Still no support for viewing all detected faces for easy assignment (macOS or iOS, also used to be present back in the freaking iPhoto days).

    All the gloss in the world doesn't cover up the fact that Apple keeps adding "wow" features and then pretending they never existed in the first place.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    mike1 said:
    All nice new features, but we're still stuck with a camera app that makes us scroll, one by one, through the kinds of photos we want to take.   Want a pano?   swipe left 4 times until pano comes up.   How is this still a good interface that they have kept it in place for so long?

    There is a setting that allows the last mode used comes up, rather than default back to photos.
    Yah, but still makes it difficult to change type of capture.   Easy if it' son screen.   A pain if you have to cycle through.   (and curious as well why it doesn't cycle around - if I move to the left and it's not there, now I gotta go far right....  )
  • Reply 12 of 12
    I hope Apple changes taking a burst photo back to the previous method. I used to take bursts fairly frequently but with the new behavior I inadvertently start a video when I want photos so many times I just stopped trying.
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