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iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode Review: Apple Really Knows What You Want

With iOS 10 update, Apple has given a Portrait mode on the camera of the iPhone 7 Plus. We tell you what's so cool about it and what's not.

Siddhartha Sharma | News18.comSidnChips

Updated:October 28, 2016, 3:49 PM IST
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With the new update rolled out by Apple for iOS 10, users of the dual-camera powered iPhone 7 Plus are in for a treat. Along with updates such as bug fixes, plus improved Bluetooth connectivity and support for headphones over the Lightning connection, the iPhone 7 Plus also gets a new "Portrait" mode for the camera (in beta), which blurs the background to make the subject stand out. This technique is known as bokeh in the world of photography.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual 12-megapixel, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), 1/3" sensor size @ 28mm, 1/3.6" sensor size @ 56mm primary camera, that offers stunning images and video recording capabilities.

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The interesting bit is that unlike many dual-camera phones available in the market such as Honor 8, Apple has used a regular lens and a telephoto lens. The Honor 8 uses a regular sensor and a monochrome sensor.

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The apple dual-camera arrangement also lets users zoom into subjects without loosing the detail in the image up to 2X. Optically it does has the capability to zoom up to 10X but the images do come out to be a bit grainy.

The addition of the Portrait mode is something that's a delight to use. You no longer need a third party app to get a bokeh effect. Moreover, once you click an image you get two photos, one that has all the details and focus points in place and one with the bokeh effect.

All one needs to do is just fire the camera app and switch to portrait mode. Then just adjust the focal length by either moving forward or back from the subject that you want to click. The software does the job for you and once you see the depth effect indication glow yellow, just tap and click the image.

Take a look at some of the images clicked by iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

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The only down-side for the Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus is that the subject needs to be shot in good lighting conditions. In low light, the effect takes a long time to process and are often grainy. As it is an AI driven mode the camera also gets confused if you try to click shiny objects.




Since the mode is still in Beta it will only get better when the next iOS 10 update rolls out. The portrait mode is only available on the iPhone 7 Plus and is not present on the iPhone 7 as it needs a dual-camera setup. The images we've clicked so far have been loved by people and this is probably one of the biggest reasons to go for the bigger iPhone this year.

Also Read: Apple iPhone 7 Review

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