Apple has developed a bokeh effect specifically for its new devices. The bokeh effect is only available if you’re running the iOS 10.1 beta.
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In the beta, Apple has silently released this new feature called the “Portrait Mode”, which is actually the bokeh effect. We have updated our iPhone 7 Plus, and we have been playing around with this awesome new feature.
How Does It Work?
To be completely blunt, the bokeh effect is faked on the iPhone 7 Plus. Although the device has dual cameras to really produce a bokeh effect, you will need a high-end DSLR camera. Saying that, the iPhone 7 Plus pulls the bokeh effect off very well. The dual cameras allow each other to work together to produce the effect, with the larger camera zooming in, and the other camera picking up the distance and blurring the background.
The image processor then scans the image and detects objects, and when that has been detected, it then sends the data to the cameras to determine what to blur. Although this all sounds like a process, it is very fast and is done in the same amount of time it would take to snap a normal shot.
Does It Work Well?
In short, it does. We had a few issues when trying to photograph an object with small holes in it like a branch, as the device failed to pick up the outlines of the branches to really sharpen the object in focus, and determine the difference between the two. When we started to focus on a solid object, the results were much better, with the bokeh effect being clear in the background, and the focused object benefiting from a slight blur around the edges, to make it look less sharp.
All we needed to do was, switch to the Portrait mode on the camera app, and then the app would tell us if there was enough lighting, and if we needed to move away from the object a little, to get the photo in full detail. iOS 10.1 will be available to the public soon, so if you own an iPhone 7 Plus, then you will be able to take full advantage of this cool feature in the coming weeks. Take a look at our comparison below: