Focal (Beta)

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    Focal (Beta)

    by: 12.4K 7.7

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    Focal (Beta)'s review

    Published: 2014-10-14, by Peter Warrior.

    An excellent camera app

    • Great
    • Original and hard to see elsewhere features
    • Some features are unstable

    "Blurred Cyanogen"

    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

    Peter Appszoom logo

    by Peter , Appszoom

    Oct 14, 2014


    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.

    Users review

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    Users comments for Focal (Beta)

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Oct 03, 2017  |  "Poor"

    There is no option to save to SD card.

    Aniket Mhatre

    by Aniket Mhatre

    Sep 25, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Unable to download

    dinesh musicmass

    by dinesh musicmass

    Sep 10, 2017  |  "Awesome"


    Warren Saunders

    by Warren Saunders

    Jun 27, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Looking forward to seeing this beta progress. 2 crashes so far, stopped responding while trying to display the new user hint while trying to take a picsphere (bug report sent), and then an FC after reaching 33% of rendering a picsphere. I imagine when this app is in full swing it will be awesome. Keep up the good work.

    davood khatarzade

    by davood khatarzade

    Jun 20, 2017  |  "Great"


    Nick Becker

    by Nick Becker

    Jun 09, 2017  |  "Great"

    Picture quality is amazing compared to the stock (Google) camera, but I have to knock off a star because pictures only save as landscape mode, even when holding the phone in portrait orientation.