Presumed OnePlus 5 photo sample hints at a camera with portrait mode, bokeh effect

The recently posted official image of the OnePlus 5 already confirmed the availability of a dual-camera setup. The exact camera specs are still unknown, but one of them may be a monochrome unit, if we can judge from the photo published by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on Tuesday. And now comes another clue straight out of the OnePlus Twitter page – the above portrait, captioned “Totally Bokeh”.

This leads us to the logical assumption that the OnePlus 5's camera will be able to reproduce the so-called bokeh effect – one that allows you to take photos with a blurry background in order to emphasize on the main subject in the photograph, much as a skilled photographer would with a dedicated camera by using a wide aperture setting. On the iPhone 7 Plus, this effect is simply known as Portrait Mode, where it is accompanied by 2x optical zoom. 

On a related note, simulated bokeh can be found in more than a few handsets with dual-camera modules – not only on the iPhone 7 Plus, but also on the high-end Huawei P10 and even in more affordable models like the ZTE Blade V8 Pro, for instance. Some single-camera phones also try to deliver the effect, but dual-cam handsets tend to produce better results. 

So, while OnePlus doesn’t say explicitly that the photo has been taken with an OnePlus 5, we can rest assured that its next phone will have a portrait mode of sorts. And considering that the company has been posting teasers on a regular basis, we should be expecting more of them before June 20, when the OnePlus 5 is to be announced. 

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source: OnePlus

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1. surethom

Posts: 1665; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This would work better with a RGB second camera rather than a monochrome sensor.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Why would bokeh work better with a RGB version than the monochrome one? The second camera is only used to determine depth

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

because there are also info about colors from the 2nd sensor the monochrome one can only detect differences in details and luminance, thus might not be able to differentiate the layers of depth if the backgrounđ and object have the same amount of luminance, even when they are in different colors

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Colors have absolutely no added value. The dual camera can both be b/w and still produce the same bokeh effect. It uses a complex algorithm to triangulate each pixel because of the two camera setup (which has to be ideally 1 cm apart)

2. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Crazy stuff..

3. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I dont understand the big deal in blurrying the background!

5. cryptonx

Posts: 60; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

It gives the image more depth and looks much similar to a pro/semi pro dslr camera

6. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

neither do I. But people who do like it claim that it works similar to how human eyes see, we focus on one thing when we are looking at something and everything else is a "blur" so this is supposed to give a real feel to the picture.

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