With a software upgrade freely available today, OnePlus has added a new photographic mode called XPan to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, the company's latest flagship smartphones featuring a camera developed in collaboration with Hasselblad.
The XPan was an analog panoramic camera released by the Swedish company in the late nineties. It was a unique machine that was able to switch to a panorama mode without having to change the usual 35mm film loaded inside. The camera used a dual-format, producing both full panorama 24x65mm format and conventional 24x36mm format on the same roll.
The XPan mode developed by OnePlus recreates the same experience, this time through software. Users will be able to shoot with a virtual 30mm or 45mm focal length, as they would have with the Hasselblad lenses available for the XPan camera. Pictures shot in XPan mode will have 65:24 panoramic proportions, the same size that could be achieved with Hasselblad's camera. To achieve this result, the smartphone uses the full 48 and 50MP resolution of its wide and ultra-wide cameras, cropping the pictures to fit the format automatically and with a live preview of the result.
When shooting in XPan mode, the OnePlus 9 series users can choose between two new film simulation effects applied directly to the XPan shot. The default one is in black and white, while the second is a colour film profile. OnePlus developed both with Hasselblad's help to properly calibrate the tone and emulate the classic look of pictures taken with the analog XPan.