Facebook’s 3D Photos No Longer Require Portrait Mode


Facebook’s 3D photos is now available to a wide range of audience. This feature was first introduced by the company in 2018, which lets users add a 3D effect in their image so as to make them appear to “move” independently of the background as you scroll past in your News Feed. However, it was only compatible with photos taken in portrait mode, which is typically only available on phones with dual-camera setups. 

But now, Facebook announced that it will now let you post 3D photos to your timeline from the Facebook app even if you have a phone with a single camera. This will allow more users to take 3D photos — and Facebook says it also means you can use your front-facing camera to take 3D selfies.

This new single-camera technique uses machine learning to generate the three-dimensional structure of an image to create the 3D effect, according to Facebook. You can take a look at a demonstration shown by the company right below.

Facebook 3D photos demonstration

And here’s an example from Facebook of how the tech could look in an image on your timeline:

Facebook 3D Photos Example

Facebook says anyone with an iPhone 7 or higher, or “a recent midrange or better Android device,” should be able to use the 3D photo tool in the main Facebook app. However, the company didn’t roll out the feature completely yet and might take a few more days to bring it to a wider audience. 

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