bokeh

noun
bo·​keh | \ ˈbō-kā How to pronounce bokeh (audio) , -kə\

Definition of bokeh

: the blurred quality or effect seen in the out-of-focus portion of a photograph taken with a narrow depth of field Good bokeh is smooth and pleasing, whereas bad bokeh produces a jagged and discordant effect. … The quality of bokeh is largely dependent on the construction of the lens. For this reason, lenses that provide high-quality bokeh are prized.— Harold Davis

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That means your bokeh shots have realistic blur without the usual computational issues. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: All of the cameras and none of the gimmicks," 24 Feb. 2019 Speaking of the camera, iOS 12.1 will allow iPhone XS/XR owners to adjust the depth of field / bokeh in the live preview of a portrait shot — not just after taking it. Chris Welch, The Verge, "iOS 12.1 coming October 30th with group FaceTime, dual-SIM support, and ‘beautygate’ fix," 29 Oct. 2018 The slide-up area houses a 24MP front camera plus a second 2MP sensor to capture depth information for things like bokeh effects. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is an all-screen magnetic slider phone with 10GB of RAM," 25 Oct. 2018 This approach also enables new features like Smart HDR, artificial bokeh, and an improved Portrait Lighting feature. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices," 1 Oct. 2018 Other newcomers Sokolowski shared are aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bokeh, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and nubber. Leanne Italie, Fox News, "Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'ew' to official play along with hundreds of other new words," 24 Sep. 2018 Other newcomers Sokolowski shared are aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bokeh, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and nubber. Leanne Itali, The Seattle Times, "Yowza! Scrabble dictionary update adds ‘OK,’ ‘ew’ to official play," 24 Sep. 2018 Apple calls this Portrait mode, also known as the bokeh effect. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "The iPhone X Is Cool. That Doesn’t Mean You Are Ready for It.," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of bokeh

2000, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bokeh

borrowed from Japanese boke "blur, haziness"

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