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Facebook opens up 3D Photos to single-lens camera phones and existing 2D images

David Murphy

Facebook is extending its 3D Photos feature to more phones. It previously only worked with high-end smartphones with dual-lens cameras such as the iPhone 11. Now Facebook is extending the tech to older phones with a single-lens camera and on photos taken years ago. Facebook said this has been made possible by teaching its AI systems to infer 3D structures from 2D photos within a fraction of a second, in order to produce 3D photos from virtually any standard 2D picture.

3D Photos originally launched on Facebook in 2018 for smartphones with dual-lens cameras. The 2D to 3D conversion will open up the feature to owners of older phones. Typically, anyone with an iPhone 7 or higher, or a recent mid-range or better Android device, should be able to access the feature. Facebook has published detailed instructions on how to do so here.

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