A new camera update brings Hasselblad XPan panoramic mode to OnePlus 9

OnePlus is now making full use of its camera collaboration with Hasselblad – with a software upgrade bringing the appearance and feel of the XPan film camera of Hasselblad to OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. The surprise is glad, given the 9 Series cameras initially failed to match the anticipation of multi-year collaboration between OnePlus and the historic camera brand. Although Hasselblad’s involvement to those phones was restricted to helping OnePlus adjust its camera colours to input on its interface earlier this year, “Hasselblad colour tuning is decent, but nothing extraordinary,” as Allison Johnson wrote in her review OnePlus 9.

This update adds XPan mode and various practical patches for the OnePlus 9 series camera. The XPan Mode duplicates the focus lengths, colours and processing of the original XPan camera, so that you may capture large-scale photographs from your phone.

new camera update brings Hasselblad XPan panoramic mode to OnePlus 9
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The Hasselblad XPan was the first 35mm dual-frame camera on the market to take large panoramic photos at the moment of capture. There is a physical switch to enable photographers transfer easily from one frame to the other, so they don’t have to risk losing all of their photos by shifting photos between different sizes.
As with the camera, XPan Mode captures photos with an aspect ratio of 65:24 (8:3). “Images from XPan Mode will be cut from the 48MP main camera and 50MP ultra wide camera instead of the default 12MP mode,” says the press announcement. The outcome should be 20-megapixel-plus files after the crop has been done.

Panoramic photos can be taken at either 30mm or 45mm focal lengths that mirror the traditional lenses of the Hasselblad camera. Of course, you may compose and preview your images by switching between the two views on the OnePlus camera app. These photographs will also have a high resolution: 7552 — 2798 — 30mm, 7872 — 2916 — 45mm resolution.

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The XPan Mode takes black and white photos by default, using the OnePlus 9 Series’ 2-megapixel monochrome camera. You can change to full colour, to shoot pictures. Hasselblad has also developed unique black and white and XPan Mode colour profiles. These XPan samples of OnePlus surely look promising: movie black and white with a lot of play and vast views with a natural colour palette that OnePlus is known for.

Should those touches on the camera not suffice for the photo lovers, OnePlus even incorporated the negative film to imitate the image when you hit the shutter button.

Additional corrections included in this OTA:

  • Optimize the experience with wireless charging
  • Security patch update Android till September 2021
  • Fix known problems and enhance stability
  • Optimize HDR frame recovery and noise reduction methods in numerous situations
  • Correct over-sharpening problems in auto mode scenarios
  • Improve auto white balance stability in auto mode
  • Optimize the white balance of the car when transitioning between the primary and the ultra-wide camera
  • Improve the dynamic range at low light
  • Improve success rate when moving objects are fired
  • Update the memory optimization solution and shorten the time of start of the native camera app by up to 50%
  • Reduce camera preview latency and optimise the shutter lag in certain cases

This update will be released today, 17 September 2021, at OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro.

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