How to Record Slow Motion Video on iPhone with the Slo-Mo Feature

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Did you know you can record slow-motion videos on your iPhone? No slow-motion app is needed, you can use the Slo-Mo setting in your iPhone's native Camera app. Recording slow-motion video on iPhone is a great way to get a shot that would have otherwise gone by too quickly or to just get a great laugh watching and re-watching your slo-mo videos (pets and kids are the funniest slo-mo subjects.)  Depending on which iPhone model you're using, you can record slow-motion video at 120 or 240 fps (frames per second.)

Related: How to Edit a Video in Photos

The iPhone 5s can record slow-motion video at 120 frames per second. The iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and later have the option to record 240 frames per second of slow-motion video. The default slo-mo speed is 240 fps for iPhones it’s available on, but 120 fps is considered the best option for use in low light and to avoid flickering in indoor lighting.

The first thing you want to do is choose the setting you’d prefer to record your slow-motion video in. To do this,

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Tap Camera.

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  • Tap Record Slo-mo.

  • You have the option to record in 1080p HD at 120 fps or 720 HD at 240 fps.

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  • Once you’ve made your selection, return to Home screen.

 Now you're ready to shoot a slow-motion video.

  • Open the Camera app, either from Home screen or with the Control Center.

  • Switch the slider along the bottom to Slo-Mo by swiping your finger to the right twice from the default Photo mode.

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  • Tap the red Record button to begin; tap it again to stop recording.

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That's it! You've taken your first slow-motion video on your iPhone; now you can send your video in a text message to friends and family or watch it any time you like in your Photos app.

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