How to use action mode on iPhone camera

Action mode offers an impressive stabilization feature for recording videos, which can be especially handy if you’re moving or active while recording something else that’s also moving. Essentially, Action mode stabilizes the video to turn shaky camera videos into smooth videos and it works really well.

For example, if you want to capture a video of someone running and you walk alongside them, or maybe you want to capture a video of you skiing down a mogul and you want to smooth out the results, the Actions mode works well for that type of scenarios and many other activities.

Basically, Action Mode is like a software gimbal for your iPhone that stabilizes your movements to record smooth, professional-looking videos.

To use Actions mode with your iPhone camera, you need an iPhone 14 model or better, as earlier devices do not support this software feature.

How to use action mode on iPhone video camera

Using action mode is really easy, here is all you need to do:

Open the camera app on the iPhone as usual. Switch to “Video” mode by swiping until you get to the VCR. Tap on the running icon so that it is highlighted in yellow, indicating that action mode is activated

Record your video as usual with Action mode enabled and smooth out the results

As usual, videos captured in Actions mode are saved to your Camera Roll, which you can find in the Photos app.

Action mode is a great feature and it’s best to try it yourself to see how effective it is. However, if you don’t have a theme handy at the moment to try this out, Apple’s embedded videos below demonstrate the features’ capabilities quite well.

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Testing Action mode on iPhone (via Apple) shows Action mode in a variety of situations, including recording someone longboarding off skates and passing the iPhone camera to someone who is then walking, recording a video of someone dunking a basketball and a video footage of someone balancing a chair on their face while the person recording the video runs up a wall behind them. As you can see, all video situations would normally result in very shaky camera shots, but Action mode smooths out the shots very well:

The Action Mode commercial (via Apple) demonstrates the feature with an amusing video of a woman walking sideways to capture a video of a child running a race:

If you record a lot of activities and sports with an iPhone, using Actions mode is essential, and it’s useful enough to even inspire some users to switch from an older model to a newer iPhone just so they can have the feature . Combine Action Mode with a selfie stick or gimbal for iPhone and you’ll be in the action recording business in no time.

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