How to Use Action Mode on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro

Here’s how to best use one of the iPhone 14’s new camera features. | Samar Haddad / The edge

One of the new camera features offered by the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro is a somewhat self-explanatory Action mode. It’s a feature you can turn on in video mode to override the stabilization for very intense movements, like running behind someone and recording their workout or chasing your child around a playground, which is their own type of motion. ‘coaching. It’s easy to use, but there are a few things to know so you can get the most out of it.

I followed these steps on an iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16.0, but they are the same on the standard iPhone 14.

How to start using Action Mode

Getting started with Action Mode is easy:

  • Open the native camera app.
  • Switch to video mode.
  • Tap the running person icon in the top left of the screen.

You are now in Action mode and… ready for action! The camera will default to the ultra-wide lens – you’ll see the 0.5x icon highlighted at the bottom of the screen – but you can tap the other options to switch lenses. You can also switch between 1080p and 2.8K HD resolution options (it’s set to HD by default) by tapping this icon in the top right of the screen.

iPhone video recording mode with a cat sitting in an illustrated cat tree.
Not much action here, but you get the idea. The yellow icon in the upper left indicates that Action mode is activated.
You’ll find a toggle in the camera settings menu to optimize Action mode for low light, at the cost of some stabilization.

Optimize Action mode for indoors

If you’re indoors, you’ll likely see a warning pop up on the screen saying “more light needed”. Action mode is best suited for outdoor use in plenty of light, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it indoors at all. You can press record and use Action mode even when the low light warning appears, though your footage will look very grainy. But there’s a way to optimize Action mode for use in less-than-stellar lighting conditions.

  • Go to Settings and tap Camera > Record video.
  • Scroll down and turn on the action mode bottom light.

This will reduce the stabilization effect a bit but will improve the video quality in those low indoor light conditions. It helps, but it doesn’t work miracles. In a well-lit room, you’ll see a difference and won’t get the low-light warning like you would with this setting off, but in very low light, you’ll still be prompted to find more light. In these conditions, it is better to use the standard video mode and stabilization, which is very good to start with.

But to record very intense movements, especially outdoors, you have another tool at your disposal with the Action mode.

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