Over the past few weeks there have been a few people complaining that when they switch from still to video camera mode in iOS 5 the images is zoomed in too far. This article shows a really quick fix for that “problem”. The image below shows how an image looks in still camera mode:
With most cameras, what you’ll find when you switch from still to video, the image is a little larger/zoomed in. However, with iOS 5, it seemed a little extreme. That’s for one reason: aspect ratio. Because movies nowadays are filmed in 16:9 widescreen format, and photographs are completely different, the movie appears bigger to fill the screen. In default mode in video you’ll notice (image below) there is no “letterbox” effect, and the image fills the screen, but it doesn’t show you the entire scene. (For the sake of convenience, we’ll call this “fill-screen” mode.)
Compare the two screen shots, and you’ll see the image is missing a lot from either side. You can no longer see the right edge of the computer screen, or the curtains. This, as I mentioned, is because the image has been formatted to fill the screen. To “fix” it, simply double tap on the screen, et voila:
Due to aspect ratio differences between still and video camera shooting, you’ll notice that in both widescreen, and fill-screen mode, there is some shaving-off at the top and bottom of the image. Videos are narrower than photographs.
I hope this helps those of you wondering what was going on. It’s not even really a fix, it’s just knowing you can have the video fill the screen or be in widescreen format. Are you having trouble getting to grips with anything else in iOS 5, or on your iPhone 4S? If you are, let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter.