Apple Highlights Photos Shot With Portrait Mode and Depth Control on iPhone XS

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Apple today highlighted a series of photographs that were captured using the Portrait Mode and Depth Control features of the iPhone XS, sharing the images in an Apple Newsroom article.

Apple focused on images that were shared from users around the world on social networks that include Twitter and Instagram. To find the images, Apple used the #ShotoniPhone hashtag.


All of the photos used Portrait Mode and the new Depth Control feature, which is exclusive to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.


Portrait Mode is designed to blur the background when capturing a subject in the foreground, while Depth Control allows you to adjust the amount of blur in the photograph for a customized look.


On the iPhone XS, Portrait Mode images with Depth Control can feature any subject, including pets, flowers, food, and more because there are two cameras to pull depth information from.

On the iPhone XR, however, it's worth noting that Portrait Mode images must include a human subject because the feature does not work unless a face can be detected.

The full range of photos Apple thought were worthy of sharing can be found in the Apple Newsroom article.

Article Link: Apple Highlights Photos Shot With Portrait Mode and Depth Control on iPhone XS
 

BruceEBonus

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Ah So dual camera post editing focus is a new thing? And expensive too? I will disable it from my 2 year old mid level Huawei as soon as I find out how. And then I'll jolly well go out and buy an iPhone XTRA£ and appreciate this article much better then Thanks!
 

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Never works well when I try to photograph a beer glass, beer bottle, or beer can. Always makes the edges blurry or cuts them off completely no matter what I try.
 

SaxPlayer

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I was interested in the XR to replace my 6s Plus but may very well have to fork out the extra money for an XS just so that I can take pictures of my dogs with full depth of field control. There's no doubt that pets cost you money (bigger car, front porch extension, vets bills, more expensive iPhones ...)
 

keysofanxiety

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Never works well when I try to photograph a beer glass, beer bottle, or beer can. Always makes the edges blurry or cuts them off completely no matter what I try.
I also experience the same problem after chugging beer and then photographing the empties. Mind you, most of my photos seem to come out blurry after drinking...
 
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Return Zero

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And still not better than LAST YEARS Pixel 2, let’s not even bring up the Pixel 3 camera, wouldn’t even be fair
Photos are only one camera application (and both phones have their strengths here; Pixel doesn't win in every scenario).

Now, video (and audio) on either Pixel is absolutely sh*tty compared to the iPhone.
 
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Greenmeenie

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These look great. Although it’s hard to reproduce the naturally creamy smooth bokeh of real glass, Computational photography is getting better and better. And it will continue to improve. It truly is amazing how far iphoneography has come.
 

harrisondavies

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Ah So dual camera post editing focus is a new thing? And expensive too? I will disable it from my 2 year old mid level Huawei as soon as I find out how. And then I'll jolly well go out and buy an iPhone XTRA£ and appreciate this article much better then Thanks!
Obviously this article is aimed at all those already invested in the Apple ecoSystem. They may be slow to the party, but, I for one, appreciate the effort to make my images better since I am heavily invested already.
 
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Cosmosent

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Re: "On the iPhone XR, however, it's worth noting that Portrait Mode images must include a human subject because the feature does not work unless a face can be detected."


Both AAPL & third party camera app developers will soon push WAY PAST THAT on the XR !

Starting Friday, (Back) Dual Camera smartphones will begin to fizzle out !

Google has shown the way ... Front Dual Camera smartphones are the future !
 

alpi123

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When it works, the Portrait Mode looks stunning on the new displays of Xs.
But when it fails to detect edges, it's not that of pleasant looking.

But also, the tele lens definitely needs an upgrade, it's not that good in even slightly low light situations.
 

wigby

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I was interested in the XR to replace my 6s Plus but may very well have to fork out the extra money for an XS just so that I can take pictures of my dogs with full depth of field control. There's no doubt that pets cost you money (bigger car, front porch extension, vets bills, more expensive iPhones ...)
Since the portrait mode's face detection uses Apple's neural AI, there's a chance that it will learn to detect non faces too just like the 2 camera system does before Apple releases their 2019 iPhones. I guess it's up to Apple to release those new learned features but that is one of the promises of AI.
 
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