Want to take 3D photos of your body on Snapchat? We’ve got some awesome news for you.
Snapchat launched a nifty new feature Tuesday that will allow its users to send and receive photos taken in “3D Camera Mode.” This is a new kind of photo taken with Snapchat that adds depth to the image and lets users superimpose frames, captions, and accessories at different depths within the photos. They also appear differently to viewers depending on how you rotate your camera.
The result looks like a super-saturated VR still. Viewers can move their phones around to watch the perspectives change within the photo and to explore the photos from different angles.
Anyone will be able to view the photos, but only users who have an iPhone X or above will be able to take them. That makes sense, since this was the first model of iPhone with the “TrueDepth” front-facing camera system, which is what enables Face ID. The Snapchat feature is only available in selfie mode on these iPhones, though Snapchat says it’s working on bringing the feature to Android.
The new feature comes with a host of “effects” that lets users adorn their newly three-dimensional still. Snap first rolled out these 3D effects with its Spectacles 3 in August.
Some of Snapchat’s signature lenses, like animal ears and sunglasses, are available in 3D. You can toss a flower frame or a deep pastel background into your photo or let word art and emojis float somewhere in between. While the photos aren’t videos, the ability to check them out from different angles makes them dynamic.
To get the feature, you should go ahead and update your Snapchat app. Then, open the app to the camera, navigate to the 3D option option in the dropdown menu, and voila. You’re ready to make some three-dimensional photos.
Snapchat’s sense of play and ability to keep adding fresh and fun (albeit sometimes insensitive) features consistently sets them apart. Of course, we’re sure it’ll only be a matter of time before Instagram decides to add the same thing with a slightly different name.