Instagram just released a new camera format called “Focus” that brings the magic of iPhone Portrait Mode-style portraits to single-camera smartphones.
The feature is found as a new “Focus” option under the shutter button when the Instagram camera is open. It’s found between “Boomerang” and “Superzoom”.
While in Focus mode, frame a portrait with either your front-facing or rear-facing camera and you’ll notice that the background is automatically softly blurred by the app while the subject (or subjects) remains in focus.
Tap the shutter button to capture this “shallow depth of field” photo, or hold the button to begin recording a video that contains the effect as well. Resulting photos and videos can still have creative touches such as filters, stickers, and text applied to them.
You can start using Instagram’s new Focus mode by download version 39.0 of the app for iOS or Android on iPhone SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X and select Android devices.