Portrait mode has now become a norm for every OEM. Earlier only the smartphones with dual camera setup were able to create the bokeh effect and then Google launched the next-gen Pixel 2 smartphone which uses AI to make a synthetic bokeh around the subject that looked just as good as those with dual cameras.
And now Instagram rolls out an update which introduces a new “Focus” camera format for portrait stories. Now when you’ll open the camera, you’ll see “Focus” next to “Superzoom” under the record button. The camera will locate your face and will softly blur the background to create the “Portrait Mode” effect.
This feature is also available for the rear-facing camera – switch the camera to ‘find a face’ and when it finds out it will blur the background keeping the person in focus — making sure they stand out in a striking way.
You can either take a photo or tap and hold to record a video. Also, filters, stickers, and text can be added to your photo or video before adding to your story or sending it to your friends on Instagram Direct.
This new camera mode is available on iPhone SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X and selected Android devices.
The update is rolling out with version number 39.0 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.
Instagram also rolls out the “@mention” sticker on iOS, which makes it even easier to connect with friends in your stories.