How to Shoot Photos in 16:9 Aspect Ratio on iPhone

The iPhone camera is capable of shooting two aspect ratios, 4:3 and 16:9. The 4:3 aspect ratio uses the full megapixels, whereas the 16:9 crops in for a wider view.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 22, 2022

The iPhone Camera is capable of shooting two aspect ratios, 4:3 and 16:9. The 4:3 aspect ratio uses full megapixels, whereas the 16:9 crops in for a wider view. Let’s explore this feature.

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The difference between 4:3 and 16:9 is the width of the photo. However, it’s not that simple on the iPhone. Shooting in 16:9 does not necessarily mean you will get captured more from the sides of the shot. Depending on the cameras on your iPhone, it may simply crop the 4:3 photo.

First, open the Camera app on your iPhone. Refer to the below image:

Photo 1
Accessing Camera

Next, tap the Arrow at the top of the screen. To turn off Live Photo, tap the Concentric Circle icon. See the below image:

Photo 2
Accessing the Arrow and optionally turning off Live Photo

Now, some controls will slide up from the bottom of the screen. Tap the 4:3 or 16:9 button. See the following image:

Photo 3
Accessing the Aspect Ratio

Next, you can choose 16:9, Square, or 4:3. Refer to the below image:

Photo 4
Changing the Aspect Ratio to 16:9

Again, keep in mind that the 16:9 aspect ratio typically is a lower resolution than 4:3 since it’s cropping the shot. If you want to always take full advantage of the Camera hardware, shoot in 4:3.

To set your last Camera settings go to:

Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings > Camera Mode

and turn it ON, then open the Camera and take a photo.

Photos with Aspect Ratio

Photo 43 1
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Photo 16 9 1
Aspect Ratio 16:9

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