Nokia details its new Refocus feature: shoot now, focus later, coming also to the Lumia 920

Nokia details its new Refocus feature: shoot now, focus later, coming also to the Lumia 920
All Nokia Lumia models with PureView camera units will be getting the new Refocus feature, which takes photos with different focus depth in quick succession after you press the shutter key, and lets you adjust the focus later.

Yep, that goes for you, Lumia 920 owners who still have a year or so on their contract, but also for the Lumia 925, 928, 1020, and, of course, the Lumia 1520 phablet, where the Refocus will make a debut.

Nokia posted several pics taken with the Refocus feature, that demonstrate an awesome Lytro-style effect, allowing you to blur and sharpen the object front and center, the background, or put the whole picture in focus. It's pretty neat, and the funny thing is that your friends can also do this when you post the pictures online to the Facebook service, for example. 

A cool effect is also present, which leaves the close object in focus colored, while rendering the rest of the scene black&white, for even more highlight, and we'd imagine Nokia can gradually add more effects like this one to the mix with Refocus. You can play around with the four images below, clicking to shift the focus back and forth, marveling at the Lytro-like effect that your camera-centric Lumia will be able to achieve.


source: Nokia

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26 Comments

1. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Amazing shots! Cant believe a phone clicked them. Good work as always Nokia.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If refocus is available on the L929, the L929 may be my 2nd phone.

9. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Of course, they are supporting it on 920, so it's given that they'll be supporting 929.

23. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Nokia means true innovation.

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Still my Nokia n8 can produce amazing quality in photos.

2. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

king of smartphone camera... i cant believe sony renowned for their display/imaging/camera cant bring this quality to their smartphones...they cant even build a smartphone with a sharp crisp screen with great viewing angles...

4. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

goes like this, Boeing would make better planes than cars :D. Its all in R&D. Nokia trumps in that space.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sony WAS, the only Sony product I see as decent anymore is playstation.

7. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

+1 to PS

11. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Right said sonisoe.

6. alexfiran

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

i want a Nokia DSLR!!!!! please!!!!! Nikon is worthless when put near nokia!!!!!!

8. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

really... lol

12. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Haha that'll be much hassle for Nokia. Besides from making cameras all those established companies make a wide range of expensive lenses. One thing Nokia can't manage in short time.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

U MAD BRO?

21. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah...No. Entirely different ball game. Don't think Nokia would hold a candle to anything like the Nikon D4 anytime soon.

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

proud 1020 owner,lol....and yeaaaa , Nokia best at camera innovation

14. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Damn I feel envious. I might be able to afford the Batman 1320 when it comes out but that's it.

16. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Haha.. I took advantage of that Microsoft in store promotion,,payer zero out my pocket, walked out with a 1020, , and I might get the 1520 too.....

18. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I like ⬆⬆his guy.. He's really smart and ya'll should listen to him❕

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nokia is the king of cameraphones. Go Nokia!

17. Donkorvleone

Posts: 19; Member since: May 30, 2013

Is this a new app or will it be available through an update to the Nokia Camera app?

25. Dastrix unregistered

Most likely a new app.

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The amount of features apps, innovation, and support from Nokia has just been simply amazing.. I even have to give it to Microsoft with my third feature update of the year coming any day now.. If you count all of the individual updates that Nokia Lumia WP's have received this year you will come up with 7.. That's extraordinary❕ Don't listen to people who say negative things about how Microsoft is slow to update WP...This is totally not what my experience has been with WP8, and the NL920 has been the best smartphone experience I think I could possibly have had... And that's including Android and iOS.. Windows Phone is here to stay, and we now have three terrific choices in smartphones for whatever fits your needs.. I would say good job to Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Google, Microsoft, and especially Nokia the underdog who hung in there, and actually changed/influenced a lot in the industry..

22. Dastrix unregistered

So true mate! Nokia's support to the platform was top notch. I don't think any other OEM actually showed that much dedication before. Much respect to Nokia. People have started to realize that they need more choices, and Nokia's efforts are being recognized and appreciated! Now Nokia's Lumia sales are skyrocketing! It was well worth it since the beginning, and Nokia truly deserves it!

20. Dastrix unregistered

Awesome! Can't wait to try this on my 920! As a side note, it reminds me of the tilt shift focus feature from Nokia Creative Studio! xD

30. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Amazing!

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