Portrait Mode for everybody: here are 4 apps that mimic the iPhone 7 Plus' exclusive feature


So, the iPhone 7 Plus' secondary camera is an interesting beast. Unlike the dual camera modules that we've seen on phones before, Apple's solution only uses the secondary camera on rare occasions — when you zoom in past 2x (and the lighting is good), or when you activate the new Portrait Mode.

In short, the aforementioned mode should allow you to isolate your subject much better, by both employing the telephoto lens' optical zoom and applying a convincing software blur to the background. It's not perfect yet, but we have to say — even in beta, Portrait Mode is capable of taking some pretty awesome shots when you get the right scene, light, and a good amount of luck.

But we are getting sidetracked here. So, while having 2x optical zoom and the new Portrait Mode on your phone is certainly cool, we wouldn't say that post people out there would find the telephoto lens to be enough of a reason to buy an iPhone 7 Plus. That said, it's understandable if you sometimes feel a bit jealous of the bokeh goodness the phone can provide and would like to do it with your handset. Well, naturally, app developers are already working on that!

The app stores are full of apps that promise the perfect blur, bokeh, “aperture effects”, or however else they word it, but only a few of them are at least close to being good. We spent hours looking for the right ones and fished out 4 apps that are actually usable and do what is required of them. Yup, we couldn't even get to 5.

Note: just a quick tip for taking portrait shots. Since most smartphones use a wide angle camera, it's better to use the phone's digital zoom in order to crop out the distorted edges of the photo and bring your subject closer. We like to go up to 2x, but you can experiment with it. Yes, you will lose some quality, but the resulting scene will look much better. And yes, this is the only case we would ever recommend the use of digital zoom.


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18 Comments

1. Tizo101

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

mimic implies copied - this is an old software trick. Wording is everything

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and all those apps is older than "iPhone 7 Plus exclusive feature" lol... btw they missed the most obvious apps.. "google camera".. it have "lens blur" feature. that work great without extra work by drawing some line like afterfocus

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Xperia users enjoyed Background defocus before it was cool. Don't let me start on the AR thing.

3. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Selective focus works fine on a galaxy s7

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nice to see you guys denbuking the word that those aforementioned apps are mimicking Apple's Portrait Mode which has been implemented by several other OEMs already. Different methods, same result.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Better actually because you can choose to reverse the subject and background to determine which one you want blurred.

4. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Portrait Mode! Wow. The best thing since the color Jet Black. Magical!!!!

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

HTC One M8 will have a word with you.

6. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Brace yourselves, somebody got a raise in its paycheck !

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Nobody got a raise, they're just selling their soul and integrity for less and less each time.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

WOW thy me it should like the iphone is the only phone that can do this LOL

10. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL edit: They act like it's the only phone that can do this. LOL I need to slow down LOL

11. talon95

Posts: 990; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Why use an app. Lots of cameras already have this built in. HTC, Google camera, Samsung... And some of them have larger aperture /smaller f-stop than Apple which provide a more natural portrait effect without the need for any software processing.

12. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

"mimic the iPhone 7 Plus' exclusive feature" Bwahaha... Typical delusional iTard claim.

13. phantom28

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

"So, the iPhone 7 Plus' secondary camera is an interesting beast. Unlike the dual camera modules that we've seen on phones before, Apple's solution only uses the secondary camera on rare occasions — when you zoom in past 2x (and the lighting is good), or when you activate the new Portrait Mode." "even in beta, Portrait Mode is capable of taking some pretty awesome shots when you get the right scene, light, and a good amount of luck." so the dual camera setup on the 7plus its useless/? not sure how they can use in same article" beast camera ", but the "phone dont use it much" and u "need a good amount of luck" to take a picture with it ...lmao

14. phantom28

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

arghh

15. danidin

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2014

I've got the honor 8. I'm covered.

18. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Touchwiz Photos and Pixlr by Autodesk let you do this although more manual effort is required but can be more accurate.

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