Solar Eclipse 2017: Can you use your iPhone to snap the sun and shadow? –

To watch the upcoming solar eclipse, you'll need special glasses to protect your eyes from the sun's strong rays.

So what about taking pictures of the sun and the moon's shadow as it passes over us on Aug. 21?

Well, turns out your smartphone should be just fine.

Because smartphone cameras and GoPros are wide-angle, the sun only makes up a small portion of the shot. That diminishes the impact of the potentially sensor-frying sun's rays, according to a statement Apple made to USA Today.

"You can point your iPhone at the sun right now to take photos and the camera's sensor and lens would not be damaged. The same is the case for the solar eclipse," Apple said in the statement.

More sophisticated cameras will need a special filter to protect the sensors from being burned out by the sun's rays.

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