Apple highlights Portrait mode photos featuring Depth Control taken with iPhone XS

Apple today issued a press release to share a bunch of user-submitted Portrait mode photographs with Depth Control that were shot with an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.

Portrait mode with Depth Control

The images were pulled from the #ShotoniPhone tag across social media, showcasing the enhanced Portrait mode on the flagship iPhone XS series that takes advantage of the 2x faster sensor with bigger pixels and hardware-assisted machine learning to really take computational photography to the next level of awesomeness.

The company writes:

Photographers from around the world are capturing stunning photographs on iPhone XS using Portrait mode, taking advantage of its new Depth Control feature that makes it possible to adjust the depth of field to create photos with a sophisticated bokeh effect. An update coming soon brings Depth Control to real-time preview, allowing photographers to change the amount of background blur before the shot is taken.

To learn more about how this feature works, peruse our primer on Depth Control.

Check out the images

Here are a few examples.


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As early reviews have shown, iPhone XR captures better low-light portraits than the XS despite its single-lens rear camera. Portraits shot on the XR are taken using the same f/1.8 wide-angle shooter sporting a faster lens and a bigger sensor as on the XS.

Low-light Portrait mode shootout: iPhone XS, at left, and iPhone XR, at right

However, the XS leverages its second f/2.4 telephoto camera to capture portraits (the wide-angle lens is only used for computational help) because it has an appropriate focal length for portraiture photography. The problem with the telephoto camera is that it uses a smaller sensor capable of gathering only half as much light as its wide-angle counterpart.

As a result, Portrait mode photographs taken with the XR yield significantly better results in low-light conditions than the same depth-of-field images taken with the XS.

“I don’t want to make too much hay over the XR’s ability to shoot portraits in low light, because the XS models can just shoot regular still photos in low light and in a lot of cases that’s probably the way to go,” Daring Fireball’s John Gruber opined in his iPhone XR review.

Visit Apple’s website for a bunch of useful photography tips and techniques.

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