So why can't the iPhone 7 Plus record in 3D?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MultiMediaWill, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    With the dual camera lens, would it be physically possible to record in 3D via a software update or 3rd party app?
  2. phixionalninja, Sep 7, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2016

    phixionalninja macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Some app might be able to fake it in software by cropping the wide angle lens' image to match the field of view of the longer lens. That's assuming both sensors can actually record video at the same time though... it's not at all clear that the ISP is capable of handling both at once (beyond the still image combo magic for the portrait mode).

    EDIT: I also don't know how much of a 3D effect you can get out of lenses that close together, nor do I know if 56mm is a reasonable focal length for capturing 3D video (as opposed to something wider).
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Think of it like this, you have your two eyes. You hold up a low powered telescope to one eye and try to go about your daily life like that. It'll make you sick or cause problems with your functionality. That's why the iPhone 7+ cannot do it, it has a telescope on one of its cameras making the two have a different view that isn't good for 3D functions.

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