When Apple announced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus last month, they did announce that the latter will receive a camera update that will enable the phone to capture photos with output similar to those taken using dSLRs or professional cameras.

Well, the update is well on its way and it’s gonna be every Instagrammers’ favourite feature on the iPhone 7 Plus when it is made available end this month.

This feature is none other than a ‘Portrait’ mode that will allow users to capture subjects with blurred background or better known as ‘bokeh’ in photography terms.

To create the bokeh effects, a camera lens should have a very big aperture opening which is able to receive more lights from the surrounding and this is translated by the aperture number that you can find on the lenses. For example, f1.8, f1.7, etc.

With the combination of 2 lenses on the iPhone 7 Plus and Apple’s computing algorithm, the device will be able to produce similar effect while taking photos using the 2nd (telephoto) lens.

I managed to grab the beta iOS 10.1 update on my iPhone 7 Plus. So here are some photos to show you what it can do.

A photo of the popular Japanese cheese baked tarts without ‘depth effect’ on Portrait mode.

With ‘depth effect’. We can see that the blurness is gradial and looks very legit here.

Some bread packs on a rack. Without depth effect.

With depth effect on Portrait mode. If we look closely, we can see that the blur effect here is quite fake as it looks as if blur effect is applied to anything other than the packaging, but then again… it’s considered amazing what a phone can do.

Note that the Portrait mode needs a lot of light in order to work. This is before depth effect.

This is with depth effect. Though the border lines of the Gear 360 camera is smudged, it still looks kinda OK on a phone screen or on Instagram.

Few more Portrait mode photos for you to enjoy

Do you still need to bring a camera to cafes?

Will girls still use the front selfie camera, or the Portrait mode on the back camera?

If you ask me, I would say that the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode is not able to replace a camera at this point, but is definitely useful for times when you are too lazy to bring out a camera but still want to take photos of your food or coffee with blurred background.

What do you think of this feature? Will you be using it to take Instagram photos? Let me know in comments below!

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