Snapchat update introduces 3D selfie mode for iPhone X and iPhone 11

New camera feature brings diorama-like depth to pictures

Anthony Cuthbertson
Tuesday 17 September 2019 14:28
The new Snapchat camera feature only works with newer iPhones
The new Snapchat camera feature only works with newer iPhones

Snapchat has introduced a new feature that allows users to take selfies that appear three dimensional.

The 3D Camera Mode applies the effect to lenses and filters, though not all users of the popular app will have access to it.

People will need to have a phone from the iPhone X or iPhone 11 range in order to use it, as it makes use of Apple's latest depth-sensing technology.

"Today we're excited to introduce a 3D Camera Mode that adds depth to your Snaps," the social media firm announced.

"Use it to create Snaps that capture spatial detail, changing in perspective and appearance based on how you move your phone when you view them. These new Snaps look different, act different, and feel different."

Pictures taken with the new feature can be shared with other users, even if they don't have the newest iPhone.

The new 3D Camera Mode is available as an update through the Snapchat app from today.

Once updated, users will be able to find the feature using the drop down menu on the right-hand side of the screen.

Snapchat's parent company Snap will be hoping the latest update will provide ammunition in its ongoing battle with Instagram to entice new users to its platform.

Facebook-owned Instagram currently has around 500 million daily active users, while Snapchat has around 203 million. It is estimated that around 70 per cent of Snapchat users make use of lenses and photo effects when taking pictures.

Last month, Snapchat revealed the third version of its Spectacles smart glasses, which features dual lenses that are "inspired by the human eye".

The 3D Camera Mode also works with the Spectacles 3.

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