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

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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.

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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 switches to it. Then, the feature provides ultra-precise focus control down to the sub-millimeter to ensure the photo looks sharp. Finally, an AI-based feature called Neural Macro further enhances close-up details of the photo once shot.

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

If you already have an iPhone 13 Pro model, 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.”

To turn on Macro Mode in the Halide app, first tap the AF button to get into manual focus, and then tap the flower button. The feature is available as a free update for all existing users, with version 2.5 of the app rolling out on the App Store today.

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