Focal (Beta)

Focal (Beta)

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

  • Great
  • Original and hard to see elsewhere features
  • Some features are unstable
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Expert's Review

"Blurred Cyanogen"

Reviewed by / Oct 25, 2013

An excellent camera app

Focal was the in-built camera for Cyanogen ROMS, but after some drama it was released on Play with moderate results. It's a heck of a camera app, but there are some features still in early development, which scares users. Anyway, it's unbeatable, but how ironic is that if it had fewer but more stable features it could have a better rating.

More info, here.

Tags: focal, focal beta, focal (beta).

Developer's original description available here
Focal is a fully featured camera app looking to provide the most features on the most phones possible, including device-specific features on some devices.
This app is the official release from the ex-CyanogenMod app.

*** THIS IS BETA: It has high chances of NOT WORKING PROPERLY - Instead of rating 1-star because something doesn't work, just WAIT FOR AN UPDATE - This is FREE! If it doesn't work on your device then REPORT THE BUG, then WAIT AND SEE -- If you don't want to test it, don't install it. ***

If you want to support the development, buy the Donate app:

It features:
- A photo and video mode, supporting many features (burst mode, timer mode, scene mode, shutter speed on Sony devices, ...)
- A panorama mode, currently semi-broken
- A PicSphere mode, open-source replacement of Google's PhotoSphere, to do 360° sphere shots
- A review drawer, by sliding from the top of the screen (in portrait). It shows your latest pictures.

In photo mode, you also have access to a few tools, such as automatic picture enhancement (auto-awesome), or a rule of thirds overlay. On some devices, settings such as Color adjustment, HDR and a manual light measure point are also available. Double tapping the screen will put your in quick shot mode, where tapping the screen anywhere will take a picture.

In video mode, high-framerate video is also possible.

Need help?

Tips :
- You can slide a widget's left handle to the right to close it
- You can swipe twice to temporarily hide open widgets, and swipe back to recover them
- You can pin widgets on your main screen
- You can scroll the sidebar

Notes :
- This app targets mostly phones, but should mostly work on tablets.

- It is fully open source (GPL), and the sources can be downloaded at

- It is a BETA, which means you might encounter bugs and crashes. I'm mostly working on newer devices (Galaxy S3 and +), so older devices might encounter more issues than recent ones.

- I do this in my free time, and this is a free software. Instead of rating 1 star because there is a bug, you should do a constructive comment, or raise the issue to me on twitter, @xplodwild. Or even better, fork the project and fix the problem :)

- Even if some parts of the app sucks for now, they'll improve over time.

Recently changed in this version

- (Finally) fixed regressions on Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) and a few other devices.
- More fixes to come soon

Comments and ratings for Focal (Beta)
  • (61)

    by Oskar Thomas on 21/06/2014

    in depth but still simple

  • (61)

    by Joshua Ellen on 21/06/2014

    Works great on razr maxx hd. One feature it desperately needs is selecting the image location, those with an sd card cannot save to it...

  • (61)

    by Umair Ahmed on 21/06/2014

    Good app. Hdr needs to be fixed on Samsung GS 3. It does not combine the thee individual pictures into one.

  • (61)

    by James Todd on 20/06/2014

    That came with my Samsung Note 3. If Samsung incorporate these features, it'd be the best camera on the block!

  • (61)

    by sahil jain on 20/06/2014

    Photosphere not working

  • (61)

    by durianpeople on 20/06/2014

    The features are good, but it often not responding, crashing. And sometimes it doesnt save photos at all.

  • (61)

    by Glen Logan on 20/06/2014

    A lot of neat features. But broken on note 3. Also needs zoom, iso control, and exposure time.