The Portrait mode has become a new pop culture in the smartphone photography world. It is even the main marketing strategy employed by dual camera phones to sell in the market. But all these were until the Google Pixel 2 whose camera came with an AI feature that allows it to make synthetic bokeh thereby creating a portrait mode effect like dual camera phones. Now, many phone companies are employing this technology in their flagship phones, such as, iPhone and Samsung.
As at yesterday, Instagram launched Focus, a new bokeh camera mode feature as part of its Stories camera UI. This feature is among the several other features in the Instagram camera mode, it is in-between Boomerang and Super-zoom and immediately you select it, if the camera detects your face, it will automatically blur out your background.
The Focus feature works for both front and rear cameras and can be used to either take selfies or shoot videos. It performs just fine with filters, text, stickers and so on. You can always play and fiddle with the effect. Although the, for now, the mode works with only two people, we are not sure of three or more yet.
The Focus feature is available on Instagram version 39.0, so if you are not on that version, you’ll have to update your Instagram to it on the Google Play Store before you can use the feature.
If your Android smartphone’s camera comes with a portrait mode also known as the bokeh effect, then your chances of being able to use this feature on your Instagram are high.
The Android phones that can access the Focus feature have not been listed out on Instagram yet. But we should expect it to work well with devices that come with the portrait mode feature, which includes major flagships like Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, and Huawei P20 Pro.