I get quite a few comments and messages from people asking what I use to take my photos with and I've actually always just used my phone! So when Apple announced that their new iPhone 7 Plus was to come equipped with an amazing dual camera, which is said to mimic the result of a DSLR camera, I couldn't resist but to upgrade!
I'm no technical specialist here, so don't go expecting any intellectual details about the camera aspects, but I wanted to make this post as I've received lots of questions about it and I know a lot of people are deliberating on upgrading to the Plus because of the camera!
Normal Camera Mode
The camera itself gives clean, crisp photos, which produces amazingly in focus shots, that you wouldn't believe were taken with a phone. When focusing, it gives a slight, soft blur to the background, even without the Portrait Mode, which you can see a little bit in the above picture. The lens has a wider aperture than previous models, which means it lets in a lot more light. I can definitely tell it's much brighter than my old 6S was, especially at times when the daylight is fading, which is perfect for those that like bright, airy photos like me! You can tap on the screen to select a focus place and then slide up and down to adjust the brightness, which is not a new feature but is one I use all the time when taking my photos.
Now comes the fancy Portrait Mode, which is probably what you've come here to read about. It's the effect that mimics those ever-coveted Bokeh/DSLR style photos with beautiful and soft, blurred backgrounds, aka. a bloggers dream! It's called Portrait Mode on the camera settings so you have to slide to open it as you would from the Video setting to Photo setting etc. The photos save in your camera roll as 'Depth Effect', and when using it you have the option to also save the normal version of the photo.
In the above picture you can see with and without the effect and just how amazing it is! It certainly gives that soft focus, dreamy backdrop! The faux-bokeh is created by sensors in the camera which detect which parts should be blurred and which parts need to be focused. Because it's only an effect it doesn't always work perfectly, occasionally it will blur a part of the main image which can look odd. (You can see what I mean with this photo, where it has blurred out part of the strings at the top). It also seems to work better when the foreground and background are easily separated, and sometimes it won't work for smaller, close-up objects. But for the most-part it's an amazing feature which gives a really professional finish and I love it! Check out these photos here, here, here and here, which I also took using the Portrait Mode. I'm so impressed!
What do you think?