How to change camera zoom levels on your iPhone

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The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max offer customizable camera zoom settings to easily switch between standard, ultrawide and precise zoom levels. Kurt Knutsson shows you how.

Have you ever gone to take a photo and wished you could capture it with just the right amount of zoom on your iPhone? Well, if you’re the proud owner of an iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, you’re in luck because these devices have an amazing camera setup.

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How to change camera zoom levels on your iPhone

iPhone 15 Pro (Apple) (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)

iOS17 and later allows you to change camera zoom levels

Let’s talk about the main camera first. It offers a standard 1x zoom, perfect for crisp, clear shots that capture life as it happens. But wait, there’s more. The ultrawide camera brings a whole new perspective with a 0.5x zoom, allowing you to soak in more of the scene in a single frame. Now, here’s where it gets exciting: with iOS 17 and later, you can tweak your zoom levels directly from the menu. That’s right, no more fiddling around.

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How to set up default zoom for main camera

Want to jump straight to your preferred zoom level every time you open the camera? It’s a breeze. Just follow these steps:

  • Open your Settings app
  • Tap on Camera
  • Then scroll down to Main Camera and tap it.
How to change camera zoom levels on your iPhone

Steps to set up default zoom for main camera (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)

  • Here, you’ll find options to adjust your camera zoom. You can set it to Default to 24 mm – 1x, Default to 28 mm – 1.2x, or Default to 35 mm – 1.5x.
How to change camera zoom levels on your iPhone

Steps to set up default zoom for main camera (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)

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How to adjust the zoom on the camera app for a specific moment

For those times when you need to quickly adjust the zoom for a specific moment, the Camera app makes it a breeze.

  • Open the Camera app
  • Press and hold down the 1x button
  • A wheel will appear, allowing you to dial in the zoom level for that specific moment.
  • Spin it to your desired magnification and snap away with precision from ultrawide to telephoto.
How to change camera zoom levels on your iPhone

Steps to adjust the zoom on the camera app (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)

With these simple steps, you’ve just unlocked the secrets to becoming a zoom master on your iPhone 15 or later. So go ahead, give it a spin and capture those perfect shots that’ll make your friends go, "Wow."

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Kurt's key takeaways

So, whether you're looking to capture sweeping landscapes or get up close with your subject, the zoom features on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max make it easy to frame the perfect shot every time.

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via May 13th 2024