OnePlus provides updates for 9 and 9 Pro with Hasselblad XPan mode and much more | ZDNet

OnePlus launched its OnePlus 9 in March with a focus on its partnership with Hasselblad. As detailed in our reviews and by OnePlus, these early phones feature Hasselblad’s software tuning with future OnePlus phones incorporating some hardware enhancements as well. We just received a quite significant software update on our review devices with more Hasselblad benefits in the form of XPan mode.

Hasselblad XPan It was introduced in 1998 and provided the dual format capability that allowed photographers to switch between the standard format and the full panorama without having to change the film. The new XPan mode on these two OnePlus 9 phones captures 65:24 aspect ratio photos that are cropped from the 48MP main camera and 50MP ultra-wide camera. You can also tap to shoot at a 30mm or 45mm focal length with color and monochrome options. Monochrome is the default, and after some initial testing, we are very pleased with the results.

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After updating the phones, I took photos with XPan mode enabled and with standard photo mode to see if cropping to the same aspect ratio produced the same shot. It is clear that there are some software enhancements and special color and black and white modes when using the XPan mode, as these images are better than simply cropping photos taken in automatic mode. I applaud smartphone makers who provide ways to help you get creative with your photos and videos as they help us bring new perspectives on the world around us while educating us on ways to improve our camera skills. .


Another aspect OnePlus offers with the XPan mode experience is an animation of a few seconds as the software “unfolds” your movie into an image. This isn’t a necessary feature and maybe it would be nice to have an option to turn it on and off, but it’s fun to capture photos and watch the “processing” for a couple of seconds.

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After updating your phone, swipe to Photo mode. Then swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the new XPan mode button. The switches are in the middle of the viewfinder for 30 / 45mm with mono set by default. The color change is at the far right of the viewfinder. A shift meter for exposure is placed on the left side of the viewfinder.


In addition to the XPan mode that is now provided in both the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9, we see the following included with this update and if you visit the OnePlus update site you can see a collection of before and after shots:

  • Optimize HDR frame recovery algorithms and reduce noise in multiple scenes
  • Troubleshoot oversharpening in scenarios automatically
  • Improves the stability of automatic white balance in automatic mode
  • Optimize auto white balance when switching between main and ultra-wide cameras
  • Reduce excessive brightness of images in Nightscape mode
  • Improve dynamic range in low light conditions.
  • Improve camera fluency provewi and optimize shutter lag in some scenarios
  • Improves the success rate when shooting moving objects.
  • Upgrade memory optimization solution and reduce native camera app startup time by up to 50%
  • Optimize the wireless charging experience
  • Update the Android security patch to September 2021
  • Fix known issues and improve stability

Even if you have no interest in the new XPan mode, the update is clearly designed to improve your overall camera and smartphone experience. If you install the update, we would like to know if you are also enjoying shooting with XPan mode, so leave a comment below.

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