The picture-in-picture social media phenomenon popularized by BeReal is now spreading everything your apps. On August 29, Snapchat added a Dual Camera feature that allows you to take a photo from two perspectives (selfie and facing the world) with a single tap. Distinguishing itself from Instagram’s Candid Challenge and Dual Camera, Snapchat’s feature lets you choose from four different modes. Here’s how to use Snapchat’s dual camera in so many ways to take your BeReal vibes to the next level.
In a demo with Elite Daily, Snapchat shared that the company has been developing the dual camera for “over a year” and conducted tests with an “extremely small group” of Snapchat users over the past few months. It was initially announced on April 28 that Dual Camera would be a part of a creator-centric camera and editing toolset called Director Mode, launched later in 2022. But people loved it so much that Snapchat is bringing the Dual Camera on the main also the camera. It will still live in director mode along with Green Screen, Camera Speed and Jump Cut, all of which are new features coming soon.
Snapchatters can have more fun capturing multiple perspectives at once – think about reactions to a joke or surprise party, and experience the vibe at a music festival with your friends. There will no longer be a need to have multiple cameras installed or double the number of shots. Dual Camera is about to make every moment twice as memorable.
Where to find Snapchat’s dual camera
Dual cameras have been added to the main camera toolbar for easy accessibility. When you open Snapchat, a camera icon will appear as the fifth icon in the top right toolbar. Click on it to open Dual Camera. A pop-up will give you four options:
- Picture in picture
- Cut out
The default Dual Camera layout is Portrait, where the front and rear camera views are stacked on top of each other.
In landscape view, the cameras are side by side in the center of the screen and the top and bottom of the screen are blurred.
Picture in picture
Picture in Picture has a camera framing that fills the entire screen as the main subject and a small circle in the lower right corner to show the other camera’s perspective.
Cropping works by detecting your face and body in the selfie camera and removing the background. Then, you become the cutout on the top of the front camera.
How to take photos and videos with the dual camera
Now that you’ve had a chance to test out the four different layouts, pick one and you’re ready to start shooting. To flip the perspectives, double-tap the screen. You can flip the cameras in all settings except Crop, which uses Snapchat’s lens technology to act as a green screen.
Tap the camera to take a photo or press and hold to record a video. You can also lock it by sliding your finger left to record hands-free. After taking photos and videos, it’s time to get creative in post-editing with filters, stickers, music and text. AR lenses don’t work with Dual Cameras at launch, but there are already so many ways to customize your Snap.
As of the August 29th launch, Dual Camera is only available for Snapchatters with an iPhone XS and XR model or newer and will launch on Android in the coming months. If you don’t see Dual Camera in your Snapchat, make sure you have the latest version of the app. And then, once you see the feature, you can switch to Dual Snapping and let your creativity run wild.