How does expanded view work on front camera?

This little icon expands the field of view on the front facing camera. How does that work? Are they just cropping the default view?

What kind of device are you using?

It’s probably doing some digital zoom cropping malarkey as you suspect, although I have heard of a few devices that actually have multiple lenses in the front.

I’m using an iPhone 12 Pro Max

Looks like that model does in fact have a dual front-camera setup according to GSM Arena: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max - Full phone specifications (

That button probably switches to the wide angle 23mm lens.


Thanks. I spent a good ten minutes Googling; how could I have forgotten to check GSM Arena? :man_facepalming:t3: