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How to Use Smart HDR on the iPhone XR and XS Camera

Apple has improved high dynamic range photography in the iPhone XS and iPhone XR with a new feature called Smart HDR — and you'll want to make sure it's turned on so you can take the best possible images with the new phones' stunning 12-megapixel cameras.

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Typical HDR modes capture multiple exposures when the shutter button is pressed, then blend together the best aspects of each into one optimized image. Smart HDR, however, takes this a step further, by snapping far more exposures in the same amount of time. The speedier processing is enabled by the souped-up new image signal processor in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

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One of the greatest things about Smart HDR, however, is that you barely need to do anything to get it up and running. In fact, new iPhones have the feature switched on by default, where it works behind the scenes to improve every shot you take. But just in case you want to know where the feature is located, here's how you to toggle Smart HDR on and off. —Adam Ismail

1. Go to Settings and select Camera

2. A toggle for Smart HDR appears at the bottom of the menu. Tap the toggle if you wish to disable Smart HDR.

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  • spal26558
    It's good I understand n I will tell my friend also
  • doduyvuong
    If i switch the Control USB Restricted Mode on iPhone XS and i forget it for so longtime, untill the batterie is running out, can i still be able to recharge it to use t again?
  • webgtlnbrgrs
    Gee, it asked me if I wanted to up load all the info from my iPhone 7 , I clicked yes, and it said put both phones close together and it did it all on it's own, I don't understand why you even wrote this article ..
  • dittodan
    I tried several times and this only brings up a screen to let you "slide" to make it go off. What am I doing wrong?
  • dittodan
    Tried adding an Amazon and and PayPal CC and it denied me. Before I got this phone, both of the cards were signed up and working fine.
  • dittodan
    Is this higher capacity charger the same one used for an iPad?
  • powerharp
    After years of using Android, I changed to an iPhone ONLY because iPhone can stream audio to my hearing aids. After 2 weeks with the iPhone there are several clearly inferior characteristics. Most annoying is that you cannot close all open apps at once. The requirement to swipe each open app up or possibly do three at once is garbage. it is extremely difficult to switch between apps as will, something I did frequently on my clearly superior Android phones. Also, Android has apps that allow you to record phone calls but Apple doesn't, claiming that it is illegal in a lot of places. It's also legal in a lot of places. The iPhone function to swipe to get to the open apps is a joke (Android just requires a touch) and the procedure to get to the previous screen when browsing is also laughable compared to Android.