You can now make Facebook’s 3D photos using single-camera mobile phones

Previously you needed a dual-camera mobile phone to make Facebook’s 3D photos

Facebook will now allow you to post 3D photos using the Facebook app to your profile timeline even if you have a single camera mobile phone, the company has announced today. This will allow a lot of devices to take 3D photos, and Facebook says it also means that you can use your front-facing camera to take 3D selfies.

The company first provided the new feature in October 2018, was previously exclusive to phones that had two or more cameras capable of taking shots in portrait mode. Previously, 3D photos relied on each camera to take an image that could be used by Facebook to create the “depth” in a 3D image.

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According to Facebook, this new single-camera feature employs machine learning to infer an image’s three-dimensional structure to create the 3D effect. We have an animation provided by the company about what that phase of depth generation looks like:

Facebook says anyone who has a mid-range or better Android mobile phone, or “iPhone 7 or higher should be able to use the 3D picture feature in the main Facebook app. Though, it doesn’t seem to have completely rolled out yet. Right now, we can only render 3D pictures using images taken on iPhone 11 Pro in Portrait mode.

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