Portrait Mode isn’t perfect. That’s what makes it special. When I first downloaded the iOS 10.1 beta and began experimenting with Portrait mode, Apple’s DSLR-inspired depth of field option for the IPHONE 7 Plus telephoto camera, I did so with pretty low expectations. Software-based background blur is hard — and even though the IPHONE 7 Plus has optical assistance thanks to its wide-angle and telephoto lenses working in concert to create a depth map, it’s incredibly difficult to deliver the same kind of results you might see from high-end cameras and lenses. But, as I discovered, the more you explore the world around you with Portrait Mode, the less that all matters. I started testing Portrait mode by doing a comparison against an entry-level DSLR, which gave me a good baseline for its photographs: It’s not about whether the Portrait camera result was technically better than its DSLR counterpart, but whether the recipients of the photographs believed it was. Because when it come…

Source: The IPhone Blog

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