When the Essential Phone was released, the camera was the one feature that people complained about. Essential promised to fix it via software updates and it did.
The camera app has received multiple updates since the phone launched which have greatly improved its performance. However, Essential is not done with it yet as it has released yet another update which brings a number of new features and fixes.
The key feature in the new camera update is Portrait Mode. Yes, the Essential PH-1 can now take images with the bokeh effect. The photo below is a sample taken with the phone after the update.
Other new features the update brings are exposure compensation for all regular camera modes and a reduction in JPEG compression to improve image quality.
If you own an Essential Phone, just head to the Play Store and update your camera app under the “My Apps” tab.
The Essential Phone packs dual 13MP rear cameras in the monochrome + RGB format. Essential says this allows it to capture up to 200% more light than regular smartphone cameras.