Facebook's 3D photos are ready for your news feed

Facebook 3D

Facebook 3D

Facebook on Thursday started rolling out a feature that turns 2D shots taken with a compatible dual-lens phone into 3D photos.

The social network started rolling out a new "3D Photo" feature Friday, which captures the distance between the foreground and background of a subject in a photo, giving it a 3D look when you're scrolling through your timeline.

Facebook's 3D Photos is similar to images captured with a light-field camera, the technology separating the subject from the background to provide a depth of field separation.

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The ability to create 3D photos will be releasing in the next few weeks, however, everyone will be able to view these photos. It uses the depth maps stored in photos taken using Apple's Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X and XS.

Beginning today, everyone can create, view and share Facebook 3D photos in the News Feed. The new feature is also available on VR using the Oculus Browser on Oculus Go or Firefox on Oculus Rift. But at the moment, the feature is not available on those devices. In the meantime, you can head to Facebook's blog to take a look at some tips to click 3D Photos like a pro. Of course, since this is done through a ton of software trickery, the results are not always ideal and you don't actually get a 3D model of what you're viewing.

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