Snapchat is the latest app to add features. The app debuts the “Dual Camera” recording feature that it previewed at its Partner Summit earlier this year. The update allows users to take photos and videos using their phone’s front and back cameras simultaneously. It’s available now on iOS for iPhone XS and newer (Snap says Dual Camera won’t be available on Android for several months.)
The company first teased the feature, when it said the new video option would be part of a suite of more advanced features for creators called “director mode.” But while director mode has yet to launch – Snap says it’s expected in the coming months – the company has opted to roll out the dual camera as a standalone feature within Snapchat’s main camera.
Capturing content with both devices’ cameras at once isn’t a new concept – the briefly popular app experimented with it nearly a decade ago – but the concept has become more popular in recent months with the rise of the BeReal selfie app. However, Snapchat’s take on functionality is a bit different from those apps, which were more selfie-focused.
With Snapchat’s dual camera enabled, users can record videos using both cameras at once and can change the layout of the two clips. There is a split-screen version, which places each camera on one half of the screen; a picture-in-picture style; and a cutout mode similar to the effect you might get with TikTok’s green screen. The dual-camera mode also supports Snapchat’s augmented reality lenses, although for now the effects can only be applied after the fact.
Snap isn’t the only company experimenting with dual-camera recording. Instagram is also testing a dual-camera setup called , which the company confirmed last week is currently an “internal prototype.” For now, this feature looks more like a direct copy of BeReal, but it’s not hard to imagine that the feature could one day make its way to Reels as well.