OnePlus 9 software update brings Hasselblad XPan panoramic fun
(Pocket-lint) – OnePlus is rolling out an interesting software update for its OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro users, and this one brings a new mode to the camera experience to give it a little more of an edge unique.
The new features are the result of the manufacturer’s partnership with Hasselblad and bring functionality to the phone that was first introduced to the camera market in 1998.
It’s called XPan mode – named after the Hasselblad XPan camera – and allows you to take a panoramic-style 65:24 aspect ratio image with just one click of the shutter button.
Truthfully, it’s a bit of a gimmick, but it’s a gimmick that is definitely worth a try. It will allow you to take photos that you usually cannot achieve without retouching and cropping.
After updating the software to the latest version (Oxygen OS 18.104.22.168), you will find XPan mode in the camera app.
To access it, simply swipe the tab at the bottom of the screen and you will find “XPAN” along with all the other usual additional shooting modes like Nightscape, Pro, Time-lapse and so on.
When launched, it creates a long, narrow field of view and lets you switch between 30mm and 45mm focal lengths, and there’s a movie icon that lets you switch between black and white and color modes. .
When you press the shutter button, animation similar to negative film develops on the screen.
OnePlus announced its multi-year partnership with Hasselblad earlier this year to improve color and image processing for its flagship cameras.
However, the partnership has also meant that the camera app has been redesigned to make it more Hasselblad-like in appearance. Even to things like the color of the shutter button and the click it makes when you press it.
This latest addition from XPan just adds to that experience. It might not be something you use all the time, but it’s a really easy way to get panoramic photos.
The software also includes optimizations for wireless charging, bug fixes and updates to the September security patch.
Written by Cam Bunton. Originally published on .