Portrait Mode Quality Is bad?

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  1. itsmilo macrumors 68000

    itsmilo

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    Is it just me or is the quality of portrait mode pictures pretty bad, besides barely able to see a difference.

    Played around with it only a couple of times but every time ive tried it the pictures end up looking kinda grainy and lack colors and sharpness (of the focused object obviously) like it was taken with the Facetime Camera of a 4S
     
  2. colbyjohn94 macrumors newbie

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    Portait mode only really works in good sunlight. If you are indoors it will look grainy because there is not enough light.

    Trying going outside during the day and do portrait mode on a flower or something and you will see a huge difference in quality.
     
  3. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000

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    The telephoto camera has bad lowlight capabilities
    Try doing one in direct sunlight

    Also, make sure there is a good background, and a defined subject
    Try putting some depth between the background and the subject
     
  4. rainafterthesun macrumors 6502

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    Attached outdoor/indoor depth effect on 7+, stock cam, no edit.

    depth effect is like any mobile camera...lighting makes the picture better.
     

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  5. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000

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    1st picture is pretty awful, and it added glow around the ice cream so smooth the edges
    2nd picture is pretty good, nothing special

    Remember everyone, Portrait Mode is designed for faces and people (hence the name) so don't expect it to get objects on point 100%
     
  6. Stevessvt macrumors 6502

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    I like it. I feel like it gives more of a professional look to pics.
     

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  7. Armen, Jan 18, 2017
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    Armen macrumors 604

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    Portait mode definitely relies on good lighting.
     
  8. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    The iPhone relies on good lighting.
    Want a good picture whatever the conditions ?
    Pick up a DSLR, decent lens and flash if it's really important to you.
     
  9. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I like portrait mode a lot. I wish my cats would stay still long enough to use it on them!
     
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    They sleep like 20 hours a day! Surely that's ample opportunity.
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Cats do not sleep when you want to take their picture.

    Rusty.jpg
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    And within 8 feet! Apple can easily improve Portait mode for the better.
     
  13. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I think they sleep closer to 22 hours/day. But I don't want a picture of a sleeping cat.

    One of mine loves having his picture taken and poses. Mostly when they see you with the camera, they come closer and closer until their noses are up against the phone.

    My biggest problem remains taking a decent shot of my favorite, who is jet black.

     
  14. meboy macrumors regular

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    It's terrible and everyone that wants higher quality images should agree.
    All this processing is just a bandaid method to improve consumer happiness with the images with the least effort/cost.

    Yes processing is a big part but we need bigger and better lenses and sensors.
     
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