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Galaxy S8 Live Focus mode could arrive via a software update

Samsung introduced a Live Focus mode with the Galaxy Note 8. It’s what enables the dual camera handset to add blur to the background and foreground while only focusing on the subject. That’s what’s called the bokeh effect and it was previously only possible on DSLR cameras.

The Galaxy Note 8 has a dual camera system that’s used to gather additional depth information of objects in the scene. Couple that with some software trickery and you’ve got a feature that might prove useful in the right conditions. Check out our samples of the Galaxy Note 8’s Live Focus mode to find out more.

Galaxy S8 Live Focus Mode

The Galaxy S8 doesn’t have a dedicated telephoto lens like the Galaxy Note 8 so the hardware isn’t there to provide detailed depth information. However, it’s possible to achieve a similar effect with software.

Google is doing that with the new Pixel handsets. It uses the camera’s dual-pixel autofocus technology to generate a depth map and apply the bokeh effect. It won’t be as good as what a dual camera system can capture, in theory, but will be useful for extracting the blur effect from a single camera.

Someone reached out to Samsung support and asked if the Galaxy S8 portrait mode (same thing) will arrive via a software update with an implementation similar to that of the Pixel 2? The user was told that there is no information available regarding their query yet, “but we hope that you will get portrait mode update with the next SW.”

This isn’t an outright admission that the Galaxy S8 Live Focus mode is being developed and will be out soon. It certainly doesn’t feel like one. For all we know, the support rep could merely be sympathizing with the wishes of the user. Moreover, Samsung’s support reps have a history of providing conflicting information so don’t take this at face value just yet.

The fact remains that this can be achieved with a single camera and some clever software. Whether or not Samsung will do it for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ remains a mystery for now.

Galaxy S8 Live Focus

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FaisalSamsungAndroid1Fan
FaisalSamsungAndroid1Fan

I wish the S7 | S7 edge get it too… just like pixel 2 !

Biransahin
Biransahin

You can have it on S7 or even S8 my friend. Just take your portrait shot using selective focus mode on your photo app. Just like live focus do not be too far from the subject. Then you have three choices, near focus, far focus and pan focus. With near focus you will have a very good bokeh effect. Just save the photo with the near focus effect. I used it all the time on my S7 Edge and it works great.. Try it.. 🙂

dalex64
dalex64

it would be great! do you know if this change will come with updating to Oreo 8.0?

yosephtangly
yosephtangly

if they update on s8 so it has to be on s7 as well

superf
superf

Just not gonna happen. Why would Samsung bring a feature from Note Series to S Series especially when the two phones are rivals in the same market?

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s already there, see my answer above. It’s just software. They will likely update selective focus to include just taking a portrait shot independently. In the meantime you can already do it yourself.

khan fardin
khan fardin

Bring this update for s7 and s7 edge if there is possibilities

Or221e
Or221e

Not going to happen just forget about it now.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Selective Focus already gives a blurred effect – why everyone is calling this new, I have no idea. I thought the days of copying apple were gone! SELECTIVE focus IS portrait mode! and it has it on the front facing camera too! it may not be as good as using two cameras or have the freedom to choose blur but it still was already there back in the S6 days or even earlier.
Please get your heads out of Apple’s but!