When Apple announced the iPhone 7 Plus, one of the most important features that was supposed to come along with the dual camera set-up was the depth of field effects on images. In today’s iOS 10.1 update, a beta version of what will be called Portrait mode has been released to the public after more than a month in developer’s beta.
‘Portrait mode automatically creates a depth-of-field effect that keeps faces sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background. This effect, also known as bokeh, was previously reserved for DSLR cameras. iPhone 7 Plus uses its dual camera system and advanced machine learning to produce the effect. So creating a great, professional-looking portrait is easier than ever’
Once you download the update you’ll see the above message. Don’t fret; we’ve tried and it’s perfectly fine. While we’re not sure why the feature is still in beta – there are probably still some kinks to work out – Portrait mode seems to be working like a charm for now. All you need to do is open the camera app and swipe right to activate. The primary 12MP sensor captures the image while the second telephoto lens judges the distance of the image from the background. Once that’s done, the image processor merges all this information to form a beautiful portrait image with a nine-layer depth.
Here are a few samples I clicked as soon as I downloaded the update.
In both cases, the added advantage of having DOF is mainly the concentration on the focused subject itself. While the software is still not bang on target, it’s only a matter of time before the full version is updated on the devices.
If you’ve got the iPhone 7 Plus, get the update and let us know what you think.