Halide’s New Macro Mode Lets You Take Close-Up Photos Without an iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro models feature an upgraded Ultra Wide camera with autofocus that enables macro photography, allowing users to take close-up photos of flowers, insects, and other objects that are as close as 2cm to the camera lens.

Apple’s Macro Mode is limited to iPhone 13 Pro models, but those with older iPhones can now get in on the action, as Halide today announced that it has updated its popular third-party camera app with its own Macro Mode, with no accessories required. The feature is available on all iPhones with a Neural Engine, including the iPhone 8 and newer.

Halide said its Macro Mode first checks which one of your iPhone’s camera lenses can focus the closest and automatically switches to it. Then, the feature provides ultra-precise focus control down to the sub-millimeter to ensure the photos look sharp. Once the photo has been taken, the Halide app uses an AI-based feature called Neural Macro to further enhance close-up details of the photo.

Halide’s sample photo shot with its Macro Mode on iPhone 12 Pro

If you already have an iPhone 13 Pro, Halide said its Macro Mode essentially stacks on top of Apple’s Macro Mode, resulting in “staggeringly close, microscope-like shots that are even more highly magnified.”

Macro Mode can be accessed in Halide’s focus controls. The feature is available as a free update for all existing Halide users, with version 2.5 of the app rolling out on the App Store today.

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