Focal (Beta)

Focal (Beta)


(3 stars)


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

"Blurred Cyanogen"

Reviewed by / Oct 14, 2014

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.

Tags: focal beta, focal.

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

Lists with Focal (Beta)

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Anna Grace, Reviewed by Peter Warrior.

Comments and ratings for Focal (Beta)
  • (46)

    by Don Payne on 28/08/2014

    excellent work!

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    by Paul Runk on 27/08/2014

    Started working when I reduced the picture resolution in the app settings, love tapping on the screen to focus in on an area!!! Don't know of another camera app that does that.

  • (46)

    by Corbin B. on 27/08/2014

    One of the things that I do not like is the way that you delete photos. I have an idea though: in the photo viewer make a circular icon that slides down with the panel and appears in the top-left corner with a trash icon in the circle. The user would need to slide the icon from the top left to the bottom right and it would then delete the image.

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    by Kunal Kene on 26/08/2014


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    by Jonathan Kloss on 26/08/2014

    It working very well on my phone. It's nice to have full control over focus and exposure! I love the PicSphere (a preview while taking the photos would be nice) and the HDR provides awesome results. The settings fully meet my needs. But unfortunately the camera isn't working yet.. Keep up the good work!

  • (46)

    by Alexis Oatman on 25/08/2014


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    by Christian Meza on 25/08/2014

    Thanks for doing the right thing and not selling out in such a shady way
    I think this app will get better with time and has great potential, if Cyanogen Inc was trying to pass it off as their app, then you know it's quality. (glad you explained yourself and what happened) Kudos.

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