Focal camera app hits the Play Store – lives up to its beta tag

by: Adam KoueiderSeptember 23, 2013

Focal (Beta) - Android Apps on Google Play

The Focal camera app has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons lately, after being excluded from CyanogenMod after disagreements between its creator and the Cyanogen team over the commercialisation of Cyanogen. Luckily it’s now been made available in the Google Play Store for everyone to enjoy, albeit in the form of a beta product.

The Focal camera app is by far the most comprehensive camera app on the Google Play Store, allowing the user to change the ISO, exposure, adjust the color and more. There’s also a plethora of camera modes with the regular single shooting mode, panorama, burst shot mode and a mode that is similar to Photosphere called PicSphere.

The side bar is brought up by a swipe from the left and allows you to pin settings so that they’re readily available. Remember that this is still a beta product, and as such there are a variety of issues including a rather big one that is present on my Nexus 4. The orientation of the pictures taken by the Focal app are incorrect and the app is a little sluggish overall, which is to be expected in a beta app.

However, if you’re looking for a replacement for your own camera app which is more in line with the Holo guidelines and offers heaps of settings for you to tinker with, hit the source link below to get started.

Do you like the Focal app? Do you prefer it over the camera app your phone came with? You should also see our best camera apps for Android list.

  • akshay

    The focal app seemed pretty nice at first but then the sluggishness is killing it. The mentioned orientation is also a big turn off.Overall a good one. Waiting for an update. :)

  • fluff

    tried it on my s4 and s2 and both were very buggy and it completely crashed my s4 needing the battery pulling , it promising but needs a lot of work

    • sourabh

      it is 4.2+,is your s2 4.2 or higher?

      • Tuấn Ankh

        He even said it was buggy on his s4. It definitely got 4.2 or higher.

  • sourabh

    Works fine on the S3

    • John

      Really? Mine crashes every 5 seconds. Uninstalled already. I know Beta but still. Looks promising though even if only for the 120fps video setting I barely got to before crashing.

  • Luke Mattson

    Requires 4.2.x to run it

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      No, it doesn’t.

      • Me pretty well on 4.1.2 VZW note 2 here; it did crash once, after returning from gallery, and burst mode was a little slow though (regular shots were faster than stock cam app).

    • crickcrick

      Working on 4.1.2 for me

  • B16PPE

    Very bad I get extremely dark photos in my nexus 4 if the bugs can be fixed this will be great.

  • crickcrick

    Just updated to newer version and still works like Sh#$#

  • Grman Rodriguez

    Not available for my device, what are the requirements?

  • MasterMuffin

    But Xplod is still in CM team, right? He has been the savior of many Samsung devices :O

    • mobilemann

      are you in the US? at least this current gen is snapdragon 600/800.

      • MasterMuffin


        • mobilemann

          what i was saying is, if you were in the US, you would at least get a snapdragon 600 or 800 if you were buying current gen samsung gear; which is easier for ROM makers than samsungs own Exynos processors.

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh I didn’t get what you were saying because that didn’t have almost anything to do with what I was talking about :)

          • mobilemann

            Yes it did lol, cm development on Samsung devices:)

  • MrMagoo

    Does work on my Evo 4g LTE 4.1.1 A lil buggy and it has crashed a couple times, but everything seems to function. I like th UI but there is definately work to be done!

  • Stan

    Installed. Crashed. Phone fried.
    Sent from my Toaster.

  • Arbie Fru

    well, +1 it ran okay on my Asus MeMo Smart 10. -1 for the orientation problem. I didn’t see some of the options mentioned but I removed it fairly quickly rather than deal with the orientation issue. Didn’t seem to be a game changer compared to the Asus stock camera or Camera360 or Pixlr Express…or the half dozen other ones I’ve tried and tossed.

  • fredphoesh

    It does not have the ONLY feature I want, which ONLY exists on Samsung… the video picture-in-picture… fantastic for home movies.