Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS 36 36 people found this article helpful How to Take Photos While Recording Video on an iPhone Capture the perfect photo by Sam Costello Writer 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. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on July 04, 2021 Tweet Share Email iPhone & iOS Switching from Android If you have an iPhone, you can take a still photo while recording a video with your phone. When a perfect moment happens, you can capture it in both ways. Instructions in this article apply to the iPhone 5 and newer—the 5C, 5S, SE, 6 series, 6S series, 7 series, 8 series, iPhone X, iPhone 11 series, and iPhone 12 series. Instructions also apply to the 7th and 6th generation iPod touch and the 4th generation iPad and newer. How to Take Photos While Recording Video on an iPhone If you have one of the compatible iOS devices, here's how to snap a photo while taking a video: Tap the Camera app to open it. Swipe the menu at the bottom of the screen until Video is chosen (it will be 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 hold the device. Tap the white button to take 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. The One Drawback: Photo Resolution There's one important thing to know about the photos you take while recording video on an iPhone: 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 Photo Resolution Photo Resolution While Recording 1080p Video Photo Resolution While Recording 4K Video Photo Resolution While Recording Slo Mo Video 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 iPhone 12 Pro 4032 x 3024 3520 x 1980 3672 x 2066 1920 x 1080 The loss of resolution is greater when you record in slow motion. Still, the photo resolution you do get is 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. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Get the Latest Tech News Delivered Every Day Email Address Sign up There was an error. Please try again. You're in! Thanks for signing up. There was an error. Please try again. Thank you for signing up. Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand Submit More from Lifewire All the Hardware Features of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Explained How to Crop Videos on iPhone The 6 Best Body Cams of 2021 Yes, You Can Take Photos With Your Camcorder How to Record Video on Your Mac Everything You Need to Know About iPhone Live Photos How to Use Apple's Clips App How to Use the iPhone Camera The 7 Best Video Cameras of 2021 How to Draw on iMessage With Digital Touch How to Create a ‘Hey Siri, I'm Getting Pulled Over’ Shortcut for iPhone How to Send Images With iPhone Mail How to Zoom in on Snapchat The 7 Best Large Resolution Cameras of 2021 How to Improve Your iPhone or iPad Camera What Is Google PhotoScan and How Does It Work?