Did you know there is a phone that can focus in the dark with an assist light?

Did you know that the LG G3 is expected to come with a laser auto-focus system that would allow it to lock on objects even in very dim light? This might sound like a new kind of technology that’s migrating from cameras to make a debut on the latest smartphones, but truth is that a phone with such functionality had already been made long ago.

We’re talking about a strange and interesting phone way back from 2008, the Nokia 6220 classic. The 6220 classic did not only feature auto-focus assist light, it was also was a good overall cameraphone with powerful Xenon flash.

Why are we telling you about this now? Simple - because with the LG G3 right around the corner, this is exactly how the auto-focus assist light on it could work. You’ve probably already seen the technology on stand-alone cameras, where the biggest benefit you get is the capability to have properly focused images at night and in low-light. Some other phones back in the day (usually with Xenon flash) also had the assist light feature.

Right now, you can take a look below for a quick demonstration of the technology on this good old Nokia 6220 classic.

Thanks for the tip!

source: B Potocnik



1. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Nokia was just plain awsome. Really sucks what happened with them.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This was my first phone! Loved it!

36. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

The camera was the only good thing about the phone! The build quality was extremely poor and the software froze all the time!

37. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It didn't freeze with me. It even had navigation lol. Anyways, I didn't have any problems


Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Oh....Nokia brought so many innovations to mobile industry, but it's like haven't used all of their goodies on their new lumias..

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It's not surprising that things are different when everyone at Nokia became nothing more than slaves to Microsoft. The formerly free and independent Finnish people who have done great things for so long, now just some cog in the great monoculture machine of Microsoft.

9. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I can't help but think that they would have never been bought by MS if not for EnFlop. They have always made great quality phones, but with his idiotic "burning platform" BS that turned into not even competing for months it just shows what a terrible CEO he was. I'm sure the 4-5 WP fanboys we have here will be along shortly to dismiss this. But no one can dispute the reversal of fortunes at Nokia under his terrible rule.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not disputing, it is reality. When elop took over they did not have a smartphone to present the board of directors or the CEO (ingoing or outgoing) with a LTE capable road map nor a smartphone to compete against Droid/Apple. Symbian was dead, in terms of being a 'smartphone' that was like apple/droid, the app market was worse as incompatible symbian models were a pain (fixed later i believe), in the end not even Cisco wanted it. Meego was a great idea, but a little to late with a budget and time frame that would have never competed with droid/apple. When sold, Samsung and many other major players walked away from it. This was not Elop, this was a dev cycle and money pit for anyone tackling it. Blame Elop, but history and reality knows different.

32. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

You mean the same history and reality that saw it's market cap and profits disappear under him? K.

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

hmmm this dude must not know the difference between laser and red LED for focusing in darkness... laser could even be invisible to human eye and is much faster, almost instant, have you ever seen laser meter? it gives you distance with an accuracy unprecedented in half a second, even in total darkness

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Total *visible* darkness. Just because one can't see the light doesn't mean it isn't still a light beam.

4. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

This looks like the AF Illuminator compact cameras had for ages.

27. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Cause it is the same thing...

5. turbochargeme

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Sony Ericsson K800i

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Sony Ericsson T28World which I still have till know

6. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Nothing new here. Not only the Nokia had one. Nokia just copied it from Sony. My Sony K800i had such a red light and a Xenon flash. We're talking 2006 with a 3.2MP Cybershot camera and some sort of image stabilization. And because it made the best pictures of all phones back than, I still have the phone ;)

7. wisely25

Posts: 1; Member since: May 18, 2014

Not only 'a' phone. There were others like: Nokia N82 Sony Ericson k800 Sony Ericson k850 Sony Ericson k790 Sony Ericson Satio

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Sony Ericsson Gh388 Gh338 Gh218 Gh338 Old skool days 1990s

11. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Nokia N8 had same feature as well and it still is one of the best cameraphones to date

12. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Why aren't more phones coming with Xenon flash, phones nowadays phones have more powerful camera.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Cause it takes up lot of depth in dimension and thickness

16. energer

Posts: 2; Member since: May 18, 2014

I thought I'd let you know that most modern Lumias do this- the first of which I encountered is the Lumia 920. You can set 'Focus-Assist Light' to On/Off, or Set By Flash. I registered only to tell you guys. It's hard to sit back and see all the inaccuracies and poor journalism on this website. They clearly aren't as knowledgeable as they let on.

19. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Yep.. all the new Lumias have the Assist Light feature. My previous 920 and now Lumia 1520 have this feature. Of course, my former Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones also had it.

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, this is old news.. My 1520 uses the flash for focus assist.. I have the feature turned off, but it works... Phone Arena is a joke..

24. gabrielvoica

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

well said man...i have the Lumia 1020 and i have this function...

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

925 has this as well.

17. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

it's not the Nokia 6220, it's the Nokia 6220 classic (fix the link!)... and like it was said above, Sony Ericsson was doing the same....

20. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011


35. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

All Lumia devices have this!!!!.... What?? What are you not adding here?

21. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

there is a red light in the nokia N8 too

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