There are tons of features cropping up into new cameras. Whether it’s on a phone or a DSLR, cameras today come with more features than ever before.

But one feature that is gaining in both popularity and functionality has been around for a while – burst photos. But what are burst photos, and how do you use them? Keep reading, and we’ll break down everything you need to know about this handy feature.

What is Burst Mode, and How Do You Use it?

Burst mode takes several pictures in rapid succession and allows you to use your favorite. Utilizing burst mode is straightforward. Once you turn it on, all you need to do is aim the camera and take your picture!

Simply hold the camera in place for an extra second or two, and you’ll have several photos from which to choose. With newer cameras, you’ll often have a short “video” that you can pause at any point and have a crystal-clear photo.

The most important thing to remember when using burst mode is to keep the camera as still as possible throughout the entire shot. If you move the camera around, you’ll get blurry photos that you can’t use!

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How to Review and Save Burst Photos

Reviewing burst photos is easier than you might think. For a while, both Android and iOS devices have consolidated burst photos into a single button for you to click on your phone. You can quickly identify a burst photo by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the photo.

If there is a number, that is a burst photo. The number represents the number of pictures that are in that particular burst. Simply click the photo, and the entire collection will open. From there, you can review the entire set and pick your favorite!

From there, you can upload your favorite photo and delete the rest to free up space! However, if you want to keep the entire set, nothing is stopping you.

Saving and deleting photos is easy. It’s the same as a regular photograph – you can make the photo one of your favorites by clicking the heart button, and you can delete it by clicking the trash can button. Furthermore, if you’re looking to keep the photos in the cloud, you can transfer them there before deleting them off your device.

How to Turn On/Off Burst Mode on iPhones

Whether you’re using an Android-powered device or an iPhone, the chances are that your camera has a burst mode feature – even if you don’t know how to use it.

To utilize burst mode on iPhones made before the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, all you need to do is press and hold the capture button while taking a picture. The longer you hold the button, the more photos you’ll take.

For newer iPhones, you need to tap the screen then immediately swipe to the left to activate burst mode. This prevents you from accidentally taking too many pictures by holding down the capture button if you only want a single shot.

Sometimes a feature gets turned on, and you don’t know how it happened or how to turn it off. While burst mode is a cool feature – it can take up a ton of storage space on your phone or memory card.

The bad news is that you can’t turn burst mode off. However, as long as you don’t hold down the capture button while taking pictures and simply tap it instead, it doesn’t matter all that much.

It doesn’t matter what model iPhone you have; as long as you only tap the capture button, you won’t be taking pictures in burst mode.


How to Delete Burst Photos on a Mac or PC

Deleting burst photos can seem like a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. While deleting the entire set is the same as deleting a single photo, if you want to keep a single shot from the burst, you’ll need to delete the other photos manually.

To do this, simply pull up the entire range of pictures and select the ones you want to delete. You can choose more than one photo at a time by holding down either the “Shift” or “Ctrl” button. Once you’ve selected all the pictures that you want to delete, simply delete them like you would a normal photo!

Can You Send Burst Photos?

As long as both the sender and the recipient can view and review burst photos, you can send them! Keep in mind that burst photos are significantly larger than traditional images, so you might hit data limits by sending burst photos.

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