Wed. Oct 20th, 2021
Halide 2.5 update brings macro mode to all iPhones


Popular iPhone and iPad camera app Halide today released version 2.5, which come with a major new feature that enables macro mode for all iPhone models.

Halide 2.5 update brings macro mode to all iPhonesCalled Neural Macro, this mode can be accessed in the app through the manual focus mode. Once enabled, the app will automatically select the lens on your iPhone that has the closest focusing distance.

To get a closer crop of the subject, Neural Macro in Halide automatically applies a 2x digital zoom. Since this would normally result in loss in image quality, Halide uses the neural engine on iPhone 8 and above to run its trained neural network that upscales and restores lost detail on the image. This works in the 2x and also the 3x mode.

Halide 2.5 update brings macro mode to all iPhonesThis results in an image that has the closeup appearance and detail of a macro lens but without losing image fidelity thanks to the the neural network upscaling the image. With this mode, you can get 4K resolution JPEG files.

iPhone 12 mini macro samples
iPhone 12 mini macro samples

iPhone 12 mini macro samples

The cool thing is that the 2x/3x crop with upscaling is only an edit applied to the image. If you wish to go back to the original uncropped, unedited image, then you can just go to Photos > Edit and hit Restore.

iPhone 12 Pro macro sample

iPhone 12 Pro macro sample

Of course, this is on all iPhones older than the iPhone 13 Pro. On the iPhone 13 Pro, Halide can tap into the native macro mode functionality of the ultra-wide lens and also apply the Neural Macro feature to get even better macro images than what you’d get from the default Camera app. You also get manual control of the macro mode unlike the default app that can only enable or disable the macro mode automatically.

iPhone 13 Pro macro samples
iPhone 13 Pro macro samples
iPhone 13 Pro macro samples
iPhone 13 Pro macro samples

iPhone 13 Pro macro samples

Halide 2.5 is a free update to existing Halide II subscribers.

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