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How Portrait Mode Works and How It Compares to an $8,000 Camera

One year ago   |   By Peta Pixel

Dual cameras have become ubiquitous in the smartphone world, and with them has emerged a new technique for simulating a shallow depth of field - the feature commonly called ‘ Portrait Mode '. This 10-minute video from Marques Brownlee explains how it works, and it also pits Portrait Mode on an iPhone X, Note 8, and Pixel 2 against the $8,000 medium format camera Hasselblad X1D .
Because a smartphone's sensor is so small and the field of view is so wide, most of the time everything in a normal photo taken with the phone's camera will be in focus. Portrait mode simulates a shallow depth of...
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