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How to use the macro camera on the OnePlus 8

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OnePlus 8 camera (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

The OnePlus 8 offers a number of features you won't find in every phone, ranging from 5G connectivity to its audio profile switch and dedicated macro lens. That specialized lens lets you take up-close shots of small details, with a tight minimum focus distance of just 4cm. Though it's low resolution at just 2MP, the photos you can capture with it are unique — and it's easy to use.

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How to use the macro camera

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap the flower icon at the top of the viewfinder to enable Macro mode.
  3. You'll need to position the camera close to your subject to lock in focus. Tap the shutter button to capture a photo.

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The macro lens by nature requires close proximity to its subject, so you'll need to get up close and personal with your subject to maintain focus. Unfortunately, OnePlus's camera software doesn't offer focus peaking, but tap-to-focus still works just fine. Just bear in mind that since the OnePlus 8 features a dedicated macro lens, you can't enter macro mode using the standard wide or ultra-wide lenses.

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Hayato was a product reviewer and video editor for Android Central.