Nokia has emphasized the photographic capabilities of its high-end Lumia smartphones ever since they were introduced, but has only recently started adding apps specifically made for the devices. Some start out as device exclusives, but usually spread to other Lumia phones later on.
Now, Nokia has announced another app, which will be coming to most of its top-of-the-range Lumia phones in the near future. It’s called Nokia Refocus, and it does something rather unusual. When you snap a picture, Refocus takes several pictures, all with different points of focus. After stitching them together, the final image becomes interactive, allowing you to focus on different areas in the photo.
Not only does this stop the need for amateurs to worry about getting the focal point right, but it also adds a new creative aspect to pictures. Adjusting the depth of focus can completely change an image, making it either more visually exciting, or considerably more intimate. You may also only notice something in the photo after you’ve taken it, and rather than regret not seeing it before, be able to focus in.
Interestingly, if you share pictures taken using the Refocus app on Facebook, then your friends will be able to adjust the focus themselves. If you want to see how Refocus works, Nokia has posted some examples on its Conversations blog, where you can play around with the depth of field.