OnePlus marked a new chapter in mobile photography by partnering with legendary camera maker Hasselblad for its OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro devices earlier this year. They are the first phones to be equipped with cameras developed in collaboration with Hasselblad. The result was one of the best photographs ever taken by a phone, with images rich in detail and natural colors, thanks to Hasselblad’s famous color calibration.
And now OnePlus has added another dimension to phone photography by bringing the experience of using Hasselblad’s famous XPan camera to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The XPan camera was launched by Hasselblad in 1998 and has literally changed everyone’s idea of photography. It not only allows users to switch to full panorama mode without having to switch movies, but also gives them a very different perspective of the world. This is because in addition to the normal 24 x 36mm format that users have on film cameras, it also added a full 24 x 65mm panoramic format, allowing people to get a unique wide angle view of the world.
It is this unique format that is coming to the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro.
The latest OTA updates to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro bring the legendary Hasselblad XPan mode to phones, allowing us to see the world and shoot in that 65:24mm view. In addition, users of these phones will be able to take photos using two famous lenses available for the XPan camera – the 30mm and 45mm lenses.
OnePlus and Hasselblad have collaborated to recreate the details of the Hasselblad XPan camera to give users a true Hasselblad XPan experience. The view on phones is free of distortion, unlike what you get in many panoramic shots, where the sides and corners tend to “bend” a bit. In a neat touch, users will also have the option of taking photos in gorgeous colors or opting for classic black and white.
In addition, the images taken in this mode are very detailed, as they are not taken in the 12 megapixel mode by default for the phone, but are actually cropped from the 48 megapixel main camera and the 50 mega-pixel ultra-wide camera. The result: glorious print quality images of over 20 megapixels – resolution 7552 × 2798 by 30mm and resolution 7872 × 2916 by 45mm.
So OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro users will see the world from a classic perspective not found in any other phone camera. A simple regular shot can be converted into a beautiful panoramic shot. And not only will the landscapes have a new look, even photos taken in portrait orientation will present a very different and “higher” perspective. And thanks to their high resolution, any shots taken in this mode will be so rich in detail that you can edit them without compromising on quality.
The best part is, it doesn’t require anything special. All you need to do is update your OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro to the latest software and then go to the default camera app. Yes, there is no need to get a new app or anything. Just go to the Camera app and from the bottom of the app, swipe up. From the options that appear, just choose XPan. You will see your camera’s viewfinder change to that of the popular Hasselblad XPan camera. You can switch between 45mm and 30mm lens views and also between color and black and white, if you like.
There is also a bit of magic in the shooting process. When you press the shutter button (that button in Hasselblad orange) in XPan mode, you will see the image first appear as a film negative, then slowly transform into a suitable photograph. A photo that cannot be matched by the camera of any other phone. A photograph of a classic camera that redefined photography in 1998. And whose latest avatar may well redefine telephone photography as we know it today.
OnePlus and Hasselblad come from (e) XPander the horizon of photography on the phone. Literally.
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