iPhone15 stereo camera: recording spatial & stereoscopic video
The new iPhone 15 Pro can shoot stereoscopic video, which will be a key connected feature to the upcoming Apple Vision Pro. The DeoVR devs have done some experiments shooting stereoscopic video using this modern smartphone.
You can see the results over on the DeoVR platform: iPhone15 Spatial / Stereo Video Test. The video also includes an unboxing of this latest iPhone model.
The cameras mean it is possible to shoot stereoscopic video, but the difference between the cameras is very small - approximately 1.5cm. The settings for the camera/video function do not show any options for recording spatial video, so it is expected this will be included in a future update, likely when the Vision Pro is on the market.
As a workaround, we recorded two videos, blocking one of the main cameras each time, placing the camera on a static phone holder and recorded some outside footage using the two wide angle and 24mm cameras.
We also attempted to recreate the natural average human IPD of 65mm using two iPhone models next to each other and recording video on both at the same time. Then we stitched the footage together using Mistika. You can see the results here - we recommend downloading them and trying them in your headset:
Stereo video using one iPhone 15 Pro - wide-angle, 24mm: (download link)
Stereo video using two iPhones (1x iPhone 15 Pro Max, 1x iPhone 13 Pro): (download link)
We will revisit this in the future when Apple release the spatial/stereoscopic video recording function and take a closer look at how to get the best out of this feature.
iPhone 15 Pro camera specs:
- 48 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.28", 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS
- 12 MP, f/2.8, 77mm (telephoto), 1/3.5", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
- 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
- TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
- Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
- 10-bit HDR
- Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps)
- Cinematic mode (4K@24/30fps)
- 3D (spatial) video
- Stereo sound recording