How To iPhone & iPod How to Take Photos and Record Video at the Same Time on an iPhone Capture the perfect photo Share Pin Email Print Jody King/EyeEm/Getty Images iPhone & iPod Guides & Tutorials Basics Installing & Upgrading Tips & Tricks Key Concepts Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated July 02, 2019 31 31 people found this article helpful Most iPhone users don't realize they can take a still photo while they are recording a video with their phone. When a perfect moment happens, you can capture it. All you need to use this feature is an iPhone 5 or newer — the 5C, 5S, SE, 6 series, 6S series, 7 series, 8 series, and iPhone X all support it. The 6th generation iPod touch and the 4th generation iPad or newer offer it as well. How to Take Photos and Record Video at the Same Time If you have one of the compatible iOS devices, here's how you do it: Tap the Camera app to open it. Slide the menu at the bottom of the screen until Video is centered above the large circular red button. Tap the red button to begin recording a video. When the video starts recording, a circular white button appears in the corner of the screen. Whether it's at the top or bottom depends on how you're holding the device. Tap the white button to snap a photo of what's on the screen without interrupting the video. All still photos you take while recording a video are saved to the Photos app, just like any other photo. One Drawback There's one important thing to know about the photos you take this way: They're not the same resolution as photos you take when you're not also recording video. The standard photo taken with the back camera on an iPhone 8's 12-megapixel camera is 4032 x 3024 pixels. The resolution of the photos taken while the phone is recording video is lower and depends on the resolution of the video. Photos taken during 4K video recording are higher resolution than those from 1080p videos, but both are lower than the standard photo resolution. Here's how the resolution breaks down for recent models: iPhone Model Standard PhotoResolution Photo ResolutionWhile RecordingVideo - 1080p Photo ResolutionWhile RecordingVideo - 4K Photo ResolutionWhile RecordingVideo - Slo Mo iPhone 5 & 5S 3264 x 2448 1280 x 720 n/a n/a iPhone 6 series 3264 x 2448 2720 x 1532 n/a n/a iPhone SE 4032 x 3024 3412 x 1920 3840 x 2160 1280 x 720 iPhone 6S series 4032 x 3024 3412 x 1920 3840 x 2160 1280 x 720 iPhone 7 series 4032 x 3024 3412 x 1920 3840 x 2160 1280 x 720 iPhone 8 series 4032 x 3024 3412 x 1920 3840 x 2160 1280 x 720 iPhone X 4032 x 3024 3412 x 1920 3840 x 2160 1280 x 720 So, taking a photo while recording a video isn't the top resolution, but the photos you get from an iPhone 6S while recording video are nearly as good as the standard photos on an iPhone 6. The loss of resolution is greater when you record in slow motion. Still, the standard resolutions are more than enough for many people's uses. Plus, losing some resolution is a decent trade-off for being able to capture both the photo and video at the same time. Continue Reading How to Use the iPhone Camera A Brief Overview of the iPod touch Camera Edit, Cut, Trim, Slice, or Crop Video on Android What Do the Buttons on the iPhone 6 Series Do? Bring Your Pictures to Life with Live Photos Using iPhone Photo Albums How to Make Screen Recording of Your Samsung Galaxy Phone Record Video Without an Expensive Studio Setup Make Your iPhone Stop Its Camera Noises This is What Makes the iPhone and iPod touch Different Here's How a 'Bothie' Is Different From a Selfie The 15 Best iPhone Hacks & Tips for 2019 Snapchat Spectacles are glasses with fun tech hidden inside How Much Video Can You Record on an iPhone? S-VHS and S-Video Are Not the Same - Find out Why My Photo Stream vs. iCloud Photos: What's the Difference?