How to: Use Burst Mode in iOS 7


If you have had a chance to attend a sporting event, you might have felt the need of a DSLR camera or even when it was your birthday and the pictures of you blowing up the candles are so blurry that you starting wishing for a DSLR. And we’re not doubting that innocent fantasy of yours too. After all, a DSLR camera can capture 8 frames( or more) per second. But, not everybody has a DSLR, no? No problemo! All you gotta do is to learn how to use the Burst Mode on your iOS 7 device.

I said iOS 7 so its clear that this guide is only for those of  you who have an iPhone 4 or newer. The Burst Mode on iOS 7 devices lets you capture 10 frames per second. Yes, 10! The older iPhones can capture 2-3 frames.

Using Burst Mode

The first thing that you need to know is that the Burst Mode is listed nowhere in the list of the capture modes that you’ll normally choose one from when you’re using the camera app.

When you capture a photo, you normally press the capture button and release it, but to capture images in the burst mode, you tap the capture button and don’t release it right away- keep holding it down unless the device starts capturing images one after the other. You’ll hear a continuous shutter noise. In case you have an older iPhone, you’ll have to have a look at the small gallery preview icon in the left corner to make sure you’ve had those burst-mode-images captured.


Managing Burst Mode Images

Ofcourse, when you’ve had so many pictures taken in a go it will result in dozens of photos piled up in your Photos app. iOS has a great way to save you the fatigue of viewing all the pictures separately and deciding which ones to keep. It makes a folder of the images taken in one attempt of the burst mode and shows it as a single photo in the Photos app.

You click on the folder and it opens revealing all the images that it holds. Press the “Favourites” button and then, by tapping on each photo, select which ones you want to keep. Then, tap “Done”. This saves the selected pictures separately as single photo and keeps the original folder as it was originally.

Enjoy! 🙂

Usama is a software engineer by profession and at he uses his expertise to solve everyday consumer tech problems with his main areas of interest being Android, iOS and Windows.

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