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The ability to take a slo-mo video using the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is undoubtedly my favourite new feature that comes with the device. While critics and fans alike will accuse Apple of not being able to innovate anymore, the slow-mo feature is definitely a first for mobile devices by the tech giant. No other tablet or smart phone, with the exception of the iPhone 5S at the time of writing, comes with the hardware & software capable of delivering this feature however with time we are sure this will be adopted widely.

The feature comes with two settings, a 120 frames per second (FPS) mode and a 240 fps mode. The latter setting allows for a slower (and slightly darker) effect during playback of whatever it is recording, while the 120 fps setting also found on the iPhone 5S is a slightly faster slo-mo mode allowing a bit more light in the footage captured.

Steps

  1. Start the Camera app on your Apple device.
  2. Switch to slo-mo in the modes above the shutter button.
  3. Select whether you want to use the 240 fps or 120 fps mode to record.
  4. Point the camera to the scene you would like to record and hit the record button.
  5. Press the shutter button to stop recording.

That’s it! Simple as that.

iPhone 6 Plus Camera app: slo-mo mode

iPhone 6 Camera app: slo-mo mode

 

Apple's Photos App: Reviewing & playing back a recorded Slo-mo video

Apple’s Photos App: Reviewing & playing back a recorded Slo-mo video

Conclusion: How to take a slow-mo video using the iPhone 5S, iPhone6, iPhone6 Plus

To view the footage you have just taken, jump into the Photos app on your device and there you will be able to playback and see the effect. Apple does a wonderful job of automatically easing in and out of the slo-mo section from normal playback. That means you don’t have to do anything additional to get the slo-mo effect working. There are two markers at the top of the footage, in the Photos app, that allow you to reposition where the effect starts and ends.

Once you happy you can upload it to your favourite social media platform, much like in taking a time-lapse video tutorial, however Facebook provides the best playback support for slo-mo. You can also email, text message or export the footage via iTunes.

Happy recording!

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