How To Take Panorama Photos With Your iPhone in iOS 6

One of the major new features in Apple’s new iPhone 5 is the Panorama camera mode. But as we told you last week, iOS 6 – Apple’s latest mobile operating system, brings this feature to iPhone 4S.

The Panorama camera mode as the name suggests allows you to take stunning 240-degree panoramic photos.

The Camera app essentially takes multiple photos and stitches them together to create a panoramic photo.

How to take Panorama photos in iOS 6 with your iPhone?

If you’re wondering how to take Panorama photos with your iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 (which goes on sale tomorrow) then follow these simple steps:

  • Launch the Camera app
  • Tap on the Options button at the top
  • In addition to the Grid and HDR toggles in the drop down menu, you will now see a new Panorama button. Tap on the Panorama button.

  • You should now see on-screen instructions with a translucent rectangular strip, a center line and an arrow.
  • Tap on the Camera button at the bottom and move your iPhone in a slow and steady motion in the direction of the arrow (left to right by default) and “keep the arrow on the center line”. If you move your iPhone too fast, you will get a warning to “slow down”. If you go too off center then you will get a warning to “Move Down” or “Move Up”.
  • The Camera app will automatically take the photo when you complete moving the phone by 240 degrees.
  • If you don’t want to take the full 240 degrees panoramic view, you can stop by tapping on the Camera button again.
  • The panoramic photo will be saved to your Camera roll.
  • Tip: If you want to shoot from right to left, you can switch directions in the Panorama mode by tapping on the arrow.

The slower you move the camera, the better results you get. The file size of the panoramic photos (up to 28 megapixels) is quite big and clocks in at approximately 16MB. You may to check out services like Dermandar, which has an iPhone app that allows you to upload and share such panoramic photos.

We’ve embedded a panoramic photo below taken using an iPhone 4S by Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff of the iconic Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park in New York City. It offers spectacular views of the New York City landscape and skyline, including the Empire State Building.

Click on the photo above and drag the cursor to the left and right to see the panoramic view

While it was possible to take panoramic photos with your iPhone using third-party apps in the App Store, this is by far the best and the most intuitive implementation of the feature we’ve seen and by adding the feature in the Camera app, Apple has made it a lot more convenient to take panoramic photos.

Let us know what you think and don’t forget to share your panoramic photos with us in the comments below.

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  • Rounak Jain

    Hope it’s possible to bring this to the iPhone 4 via a jailbreak tweak

  • D4

    Another tip to stop without pushing the camera button: move the phone in oposit direction of which the arrow is :)

    • D4

      sorry, didnt realise the video also says it!

  • Stan Bono

    it is possible on iphone 4 , i’ve been having it since ios 5. It’s only a sting modif in a plist file if i remember well . and it does not seem to be perfect , on iphone 4 , it is horrible , maybe because it is a beta implentation , but in the pictire above , look closly at the women and the bag , see the problem ?

    • iPhoneHacks

      It works very well on the iPhone 4S running on iOS 6. It’s extremely smooth. Apple seems to have fixed the performances issues that we had seen in iOS 5.

      It remains to be seen if the feature will work as well on iPhone 4. Guess we will have to wait for someone to find a hack to enable it.

      • GuanGadget

        Agreed, tested it this morning on the 4S and it works great. Though can’t help but feel sorry for Panorama App developers! Wonder if I can argue for a refund for the $0.99 I paid for Occipital’s 360 Panorama app?

        Any iPhone 4 users tried the free Panorama app by Wondershare?

    • Mystic

      i see it, after a hard look. But i must admit it works pretty well on the 4S. Might be that she was moving a bit fast and in the opposite direction as the camera. But hey i’m not trying to defend anything here :)

  • Sai Soe Aung

    best oof the best:):):)

  • Scott Buschlen

    For the poster of this page, you have a missing word in a sentence. In brackets:
    You may [want] to check out services like Dermandar,

  • Ryleysma

    I have a iPhone 4 and have iOS 6 but the panorama option doesn’t come up on my screen. Not sure why.

    • Kate

      Same happened to me

    • Jane Doe

      It clearly states its only available on the 4s & 5

  • shair_bear

    I have an Iphone 4s and I do not have a panorama button that shows up when I turn on the Grid is this something I need to do in settings first.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Have you upgraded to iOS 6?

  • Minhvisual

    No panorama for new iPad :(

  • jerrypaul

    Okay,so i have a cool panorama photo,but it’s SO small,how would i make it bigger without messing up the quality(say i wanna put it in a long frame on my wall.)