Your iPhone’s camera just got an upgrade thanks to iOS 11 — here are all the ways it changed

The iPhone 8 Plus.

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The iPhone 8 Plus.
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Your iPhone’s camera just got some exciting new updates.

Apple’s latest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, became available to download on Tuesday. Anyone with an iPhone 5s or newer can download the update, and it comes standard on the new iPhone 8.

When it comes to the camera, there are new editing tools and camera features that will make your iPhone shots feel more like DSLR photos.

While many of the changes will be available to all iPhone users, keep in mind that Apple’s DSLR-like feature, Portrait mode, isn’t available to everyone. Only those with an iPhone 7 Plus or later have Portrait mode, so only those users will see some of the new tweaks.

Here’s a look at all the new photo features in iOS 11:


Memories are more intelligent — and more personalized.

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Memories – the photo and video collections Apple automatically creates for you – will now be able to pick your best photos, eliminating things like people blinking or doubled up images.

iOS 11 also includes new types of memories for events like nights out, “TBTs,” and anniversaries.


Live Photos got new effects.

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With iOS 11, Live Photos got three new effects: Loop, bounce, and long exposure.

Loop replays the action in the shot over and over

Bounce plays the video forward then backward

Long exposure blurs anything moving within the frame like a DSLR camera.


You can now edit Live Photos.

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You can now enhance, crop, add filters, trim, and mute your Live Photos. Plus, Apple gives you the option to pick your own “key photo” as the main image.


Compression is two times better, meaning you can store twice as many photos and videos.

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Apple added new compression formats in iOS 11, which means you can store more photos and videos on your phone – Apple says you can save twice as many as before.


Your People folders are now more accurate and have a better look and feel.

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iOS 11 is able to more accurately identify the faces it sees, which means you should see fewer duplicate People folders for the same person. Plus, the groupings will now sync across all your devices.

Apple also tweaked the interface. Now, the key images will be bigger and you can choose the order of the folders.


Portrait mode now looks even more like a DSLR image.

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Apple is making improvements to Portrait Mode in iOS 11, which, again, is only available in the iPhone 7 Plus and up. The new software has flash, HDR, and image stabilization, all of which will help you take portraits in low light.

Apple is also letting developers access data from Portrait Mode so they can build their own filters.


Your camera now has new built-in filters.

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Apple overhauled its camera filters with three new styles: Vivid, dramatic, and silvertone, which is a new black-and-white filter.

The filters will have additional enhancements like “vivid warm” or “dramatic cool,” and it will be easier to preview the filter with a slide-able strip under the image.


Your camera can now detect QR codes.

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Your phone’s camera will now be able to detect QR codes automatically, sending you a notification when it identifies the correct website.