Essential Phone camera update includes Portrait Mode, other improvements

Essential Phone hands-on review

Essential has worked hard to improve the performance of the Essential Phone's camera in the months since the device's release, and now there's another update going out.

Essential has pushed out an update to its Camera app that brings a few changes. Perhaps the most notable is the addition of Portrait Mode, a feature that we've seen in some other flagship smartphones that helps you add a blurry background to your photos.

This Camera app update also adds exposure compensation for all regular camera modes and reduced JPEG compression for improved image quality. Rounding out the update are some unspecified stability fixes.

It's good to see Essential continue to work to improve the Essential Phone's camera. A smartphone's camera is one of its most important features for a lot of people, especially because many people rely on it as their only camera. Here's to hoping with this latest update, the Essential Phone's camera performance continues to get better.