Apple’s changes and updates to the Camera app in iOS 14 are mostly quite small, but there are plenty of them.

It’s not true that there are more updates to the Camera app than in the rest of iOS 14, but it might sound like it. Not many people are going to use all of the new features, but everyone is going to find that taking photos is faster and gives better results.

This is because some of the updates are aimed at speeding up the process, making the iPhone physically run faster. Others also make the job faster, however, by being easier to do, or simply simpler to find.

Some of these updates are purely cosmetic, but the change makes them easier to find. The best camera is the one you have with you, but the best camera features are the ones you can find.

How iOS 14 speeds up cameras

This is what Apple gets for building both its own hardware and its own software. Without any changes to your iPhone’s camera hardware, the software changes in iOS 14 significantly speed up photo taking.

Apple claims that overall, the Camera app itself is up to 90% faster. It’s not just the kind of speed boost that looks good on a spec sheet, it’s the one where you’ll feel the difference.

The Camera app opens much faster, which means both there’s a shorter delay before you’re ready to take a photo – and the whole app is also more responsive. .

Apple says the time to the first shot, tapping the Camera app to open it, is 25% faster than it was. And when you take a series of Portrait shots, the time to the next one is 15% compared to before.

And while it might not look like photography on its own, the Camera app is now also faster at scanning QR codes.

How iOS 14 Speeds Up Your Photo Taking

When you just want to take a photo as fast as possible, because something is happening right in front of you, you can always long press the lock screen camera icon. Or you can swipe left to right on this home screen to launch the camera.

You will generally find that the scan is faster. However, this could be because it’s not pressing that icon that launches the camera, it’s releasing the button that does.

If you have unlocked iPhone before, you can long press the Camera icon on your home screen. Again, you may find that regular squeezing is faster as it immediately opens the app.

However, long pressing brings up a menu which then allows you to press directly Take a selfie, Record a video, Take a portrait, Where Take a portrait selfie. To go directly to these types of photographs, a long press is faster than opening the Camera app and swiping to the correct section.

How iOS 14 speeds up choosing settings

The iPhone is not a Polaroid camera that is only one frame size and doesn’t come with any control beyond whether or not a flash is used. It’s an extremely versatile camera and now with iOS 14 there are a lot of controls available – whenever you want.

Rather than cluttering the screen with controls, there is now a chevron at the top middle of the screen. Maybe oddly enough, tapping on them doesn’t reveal a row of controls just below the chevron, it shows them at the bottom of your screen.

However, you now have quick access to functions ranging from setting a timer to turning Live Photos on or off, and more.

Tapping a chevron at the top of the Camera app screen reveals a new row of controls

These controls include a new exposure compensation control. Previously, you had to tap the screen to bring up the yellow box that shows where your focus is, then drag the brightness up and down.

You were really adjusting the AF / AE levels, autofocus, and auto exposure, and it was tricky. This is now a control that makes it much easier to use and swipe left and right to increase or decrease the brightness.

This is an adjustment you can make using the Camera app to take a photo. But you can apply other settings before taking a photo.

How to best use the new camera settings in iOS 14

The options when you go to Settings, Camera, in iOS 14 have been revamped to make them easier to find and use. There are now four blocks of commands, starting with a large one to do everything from the format in which photos are taken, to how you can take photo bursts.

Two of the most important controls are the Keep settings, and Use boost volume for burst those. The latter is a simple toggle which means, if you want to, you can still have Burst Mode available with just the push of a real physical button.

Keep settings is more involved. What it says to the Camera app is present you with the same options you chose the last time you used it. So if you shot a video last time, the Camera app will open up, ready to shoot this time around, for example.

Likewise, it can optionally use the same aspect ratio, the same filters, etc.

How to use the grid in iOS 14

The Camera app has long had a three-by-three grid overlay to help you compose a photo before you take it. Now, however, the option to enable or disable this is in a Composition section in the camera settings.

New camera settings layout includes the ability to remember what you last used

New camera settings layout includes the ability to remember what you last used

He is joined by Front mirror camera which will make you shrug or clap. With this option enabled, the selfies you take will appear as if you are looking at yourself in a mirror – they will be inverted.

Except for the faster time for the first shot, all iOS 14 camera updates are similar to Front mirror camera, in that they will be useful to some people, and uninteresting to others. But they’re all also faster to find, which means they’re both faster to use – and more people will try them out.