Nokia has bigger welcome mat for Refocus camera app

Mar 18, 2014 by Nancy Owano weblog

( —Nokia found customers happy with its show of "shoot-first, focus later" technology in its PureView-imaging technology branded handsets. Nokia now has released the app for anyone with a Lumia smartphone running Windows Phone 8. The Nokia Refocus camera app can shift the focus depending on where you want it, or can show everything in focus. The feature makes creatives out of anyone who wants to dabble in decisions about what to accent in either the background or foreground.

The announcement was made in a blog posted on Friday, titled "Depth charge! Nokia Refocus rolls out to all Lumias." The post said more people now can have a piece of the "varifocal" action. A varifocal lens is a camera lens with variable focal length; the focus changes as focal length changes. Nokia Refocus, an imaging app, was launched in November for PureView devices, allowing users to take a photo first and later choose what they want in focus, and able to do easily simply by clicking on the image.

As Digital Trends' Andy Boxall explained at the time, photography fans already may have been aware of such technology outside of Nokia, through cameras such as the Lytro. He also noted that Nokia's app is all software driven. "It works by taking several different images, all at different depths of field, when you hit the shutter release."

It is after the photo is taken that the creative choice begins, by choosing anywhere to adjust the focus, have the entire photo focus, or choose any specific color to pop out. The Windows Phone site also notes that Refocus is ideal if shooting close-ups of the subject "because it allows you to show depth in your photos, and then change focal point if you want." The Color Pop feature can highlight the color of a particular area too.

The Nokia Refocus app can be downloaded from the Windows Phone page. In the blog post, Jens Eggert, Nokia's lead program manager for Refocus, asked for tips on shooting the best shot, said that to create a great Refocus image, "move as close as possible to the object nearest you, get that in focus – between five and ten centimeters – and ensure you've got something defined in the background." He also said, though, that the best advice was experimentation. "Just play," he said, "it's fun!"

According to the blog announcement, people receiving the image do not need a Lumia smartphone or the Nokia Refocus to choose their own . They can even do it via Facebook.

Explore further: Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks in Israeli spy expo

More information:

Related Stories

Review: Windows OS hobbles Nokia's impressive Lumia Icon

Mar 12, 2014

Nokia's new Lumia Icon smartphone offers a lot of compelling features. But they don't make up for the fact that the device runs Windows Phone software, which has proved unpopular with both consumers and developers.

Nokia targets emerging markets with Android phones

Feb 24, 2014

(AP)—Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google's Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft, which is about to take over Nokia's ...

Gadget Watch: Fastlane in Nokia X shows promise

Feb 28, 2014

(AP)—By design, Nokia's new Android smartphones will underwhelm users of high-end phones. The Nokia X line was created with emerging markets in mind, so the company emphasized keeping prices low, meaning ...

Recommended for you

Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks in Israeli spy expo

10 hours ago

Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at an exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology, offering a rare peek into the secretive world of Israeli ...

In the UK, bPay offers fob, band or sticker options

Jun 29, 2015

Method of payment: "Cash or credit?" The two options sound so yesterday. In the UK, technology support in banking offers a new type of menu—band on the wrist, fob or sticker. The three new devices from ...

Apple Watch lands in competitive S. Korea market

Jun 26, 2015

Apple's first smartwatch landed in South Korea, one of the world's most competitive markets Friday, drawing a good response from fans, but analysts cast doubt on its long-term success there, citing a tough ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.