Among the many benefits offered by the Apple Watch, is the ability to use it as a remote control for your iPhone's camera. The only requirement when using your Apple Watch to control the camera your favorite phone, is that they must be within range of Bluetooth (approximately 33 feet or 10 meters).
While the watch has a native camera application, it can't actually record or save images, but it serves as an auxiliary application for your iPhone's camera, helping you compose and preview shots.
When starting the application Watch camera, the application automatically starts iPhone Camera. The cameras automatically pair in a few seconds. The advantages that this offers you are:
- Take a picture with your phone at a distance greater than the length of your arm.
- Place your iPhone for a photo, use your Apple Watch to view the camera image and then take the photo from the shutter button on the watch face.
- A three-second countdown so you can participate in the shot if you wish.
How to remotely control your iPhone's camera
- Start the camera application on your iPhone.
- Touch the digital crown on your Apple Watch and locate the watch's camera application.
- Point your iPhone at the scene you want to photograph and use the preview of the clock to frame the shot.
- Touch the clock screen to adjust the exposure setting (yellow button) using the clock screen in the same way you will on your phone.
- Touch the white button to take the photo.
- The new image appears on the right side of the white button.
- You can also use the shutter timer to count backwards, which gives you more time to organize the scene or to place yourself in it. You will hear a beep and see that the camera light flashes along with the numerical countdown.
- Show or hide the button Close on the screen and the shot count by touching the screen.
How to test different camera functions
You can use your watch to take live photos, HDR or select the front or rear camera. To do this, press hard on the watch face inside the camera application until additional controls appear on the screen and choose the one you want (Live, Flip, HDR or Flash) to activate any of those four modes. Flip allows you to switch between the front or rear camera.
The HDR shots have a wider tonal range and better details because the iPhone takes multiple photos in rapid succession with different exposures and combines them in one shot. Flash illuminates the scene. With the HDR and Flash settings, you can select on, off or automatic options from the watch interface.
How to change camera modes
You can remotely control your camera not only by capturing still images, but also by recording video, Time lapse, Slo-Mo, Video, Portrait or Square. But for these functions, you must first select the mode from the iPhone camera application.
- Touch the Camera app on your iPhone.
- Swipe to choose Time-Lapse, Slo-Mo, Video, Portrait or Square.
- Take your picture with the Cmara application on the Apple Watch or iPhone.
How to see photos on your watch
You can view your recent photos on Apple Watch using the Camera application, although the actual image resides on your phone. Once you close a camera session, the preview of the clock disappears.
- Turn on the camera application on your Apple Watch.
- To view a photo, touch the thumbnail in the lower left.
- See additional photos by sliding your finger to the left or right.
- To zoom, rotate the digital crown.
- To scroll, drag over an enlarged photo.
- Double tap the watch face so that the image fills the screen.
- When you're done, touch Close.
The Apple Watch is useful for, in addition to giving time, many routine tasks, and remotely controlling the camera of your iPhone is something like an extension of your capabilities, one more reason to always have your watch tied to your face.