The Panorama camera is one of the better features of the iPhone Camera app, it makes taking incredible high-quality panoramic pictures ridiculously easy without adding any additional apps to your iPhone.
The amazing photography feature is built directly into iOS now and works on all modern iPhone devices as part of the Camera app.
If you’re unfamiliar with the iPhone panorama camera feature or you just haven’t used it yet, this walkthrough will show you how to use it, as well as offer some tips on getting good panorama images.
In modern versions of iOS, including iOS 11, 10, 8, 9, etc, accessing and using the iPhone Panoramic Camera feature is very easy, it’s one of the options within Camera app:
Your panorama image will be stored in the Photos app along with other images as usual.
Panorama photos can be quite large in file size and resolution, so be prepared for handling a large image if you are going to share, edit, or otherwise use the image.
There is virtually no wait time while the final picture is rendered as a result of how Apple basically “paints” the picture live as the panorama is taken.
You can click the image below to see a full size panorama image of some really nice scenery shot on an iPhone:
Once Panorama is active, moving slowly and holding steady to “paint” your panoramic photo gives the best results. If you move too quickly the camera won’t have time to adjust properly to lighting changes, and artifacts can appear on the final image either in the form of black pixels for areas that are missed or out of the guide line, or in the form of chunky transitions. You can see an example of the chunky transition artifacting that can occur from a quick motion at the far right corner of this otherwise very nice sample panorama image from an iPhone 5.
Panoramic pictures are stored in the Photos app Camera Roll as usual, and you or as you’d expect. If you want the highest quality version of a panoramic image, you’ll need to connect the iPhone by USB, otherwise it will be automatically compressed and reduced in file size and resolution down to somewhere between 5000×1000 and 8000×2000 to save data usage and make it reasonable to open on iOS devices and in email. The original panoramic photos are gigantic, coming in around a whopping 20,000 x 4000 pixels, so be prepared for iPhone storage space to disappear rapidly if you take a lot of these.
Click below to launch an absolutely beautiful sample iPhone panorama shot, the resolution is reduced from a full size 20k x 4k to 5597 x 1024 (a big thanks to Ryan for taking this amazing picture and allowing us to post it!):
In prior versions of iOS, accessing Panorama Camera mode is available though it is slightly different. Here’s how in iOS 6 for example:
Finally, though the built in Panorama Camera is limited to new devices like the iPhone X, iPhone 8, 7, Plus models, 6s, 6 Plus, 5S, 5, and 4S, older iPhones are not totally out of luck… if you have an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, or you want to take panoramics with an iPod touch or iPad, an excellent third party app called .