Nokia Refocus

Nokia Refocus now available for Lumia PureView Windows Phones

We first caught wind of Nokia Refocus during Nokia World 2013. It is a creative photography app allows you to take a picture and then manipulate the focus point of the photograph.  Nokia Refocus has just gone live in the Windows Phone Store and is available exclusively for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone sporting a PureView Camera and the Amber update.

In a nutshell, Nokia Refocus takes several pictures of a scene when you tap the shutter button to maximize the depth of field of the image. You then tap the area of the photograph you want to be in focus and Refocus does the rest. Check out the image below and tap on the different areas with your mouse to see the refocus action.

Additionally, Nokia Refocus has a Color Pop feature that you can selective maintain the color of your photo while transforming the other areas to black and white.

Nokia Refocus

Nokia Refocus is a free app for Nokia Lumia Windows Phones sporting PureView cameras (Nokia Lumia 920, 925, 928, 1020 and 1520). You can pick up your copy of Nokia Refocus here in the Nokia Collection of the Windows Phone Store.

See our hands on coverage of this app here!

Via: Nokia Conversations; Thanks, everyone, for the tips!

QR: Nokia Refocus



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carlosrdd says:

Where's that OIS
update that was so impressive on the 1520.

dalydose says:

How are you going to "update" OPTICAL imaging?  It's hardware.

Now back to the topic....

mrhoodiny says:

Nokia putting out all the goodies this week

rockstarzzz says:

Oh Nokia, how much more can I love you?

hopmedic says:

More if they put a 1020 on Verizon. ;-)

Chris Coyle says:

Verizon can't even handle LTE in major markets putting customers to 3G instead. They have other problems to deal with.

tribexx says:

Which is still better than any other carrier in the US.

hopmedic says:

Yeah. I'm an hour away from Atlanta in the foothills of the mountains, barely get one bar on ATT and Sprint, nothing on TMO, and I get three bars on Verizon LTE.

Arsenic17 says:

Silly rabbit, there are no mountains east of the Mississippi, just small hills..

Don't worry I live in Atlanta and I think they're mountains...small but still mountains lol

No they're big hills, small mountains

John20212 says:

More if they release updates without carrier interference.


Does the proxy trick work?

Nope i tried but not working with china proxy

paras chugh says:

proxy worked for me (lumia 720) the other proxy though

baron1996 says:

Can u detail the process??

shadow118 says:

This method - (it's in russian, but with google translate you can roughly get the idea)

ahmedjan87 says:

Damn it amber requirement
I still haven't received it yet

Fndlumia says:

Download an app called sysapp pusher and download the whole section that has display/glance etc. Then u will have amber

ahmedjan87 says:

I haven't received GDR2 nor amber and I'm checking everyday for it I'm still on the 1308 firmware update from nokia

Fndlumia says:

Sysapp pusher, try it

DJCBS says:

Sysapp is an awesome App but it will NOT bring him Amber.

gothfebrio says:

he needs gdr2 first.. sysapp pusher updates extras and info to show whether the phone is on amber or not, if its not, it wont show amber.

It doesn't work like that

vinxent10 says:

Made my phone restart :O

dalydose says:

After that it should have worked. It froze my 920 and I did a soft reset and it's worked like a charm since.

Why Not says:

Can I get it for my 720 with that proxy thingy? 

tomm1ed says:

I don't have a 720 but a 820 and couldn't get it to install :(

rockstarzzz says:

Even if you get it, how do you think this will work? Its for pureview camera phones for a reason! The software works with what camera hardware can do the best. You may not get the result you should get and then everyone with non pureview camera will bitch about it here, in the forums and on the store reviews!

paras chugh says:

got it installed on my lumia 720 and its working perfectly and smoothly for me.....sometimes nokia just wants to highlight the pureview brand ;p

Which proxy did you use?

paras chugh says:

follow the forum link below by the other guy

that aint working !

paras chugh says:

working for me and the guy below with the forum link

have been trying since 15 min..hard luck :(

paras chugh says:

i did it right when the app released so got it would be crowded

Winnabe says:

He is kidding.

paras chugh says:

why would i kid about an app?.....its not that big of a thing to brag about

harshraj says:

How you installed it?

paras chugh says:

Follow the link in the comment below yours

That proxy isn't working for me yet.

shadow118 says:

You could alwalys try fiddler, it's basicaly turning your own computer into a proxy just for yourself. I have it working on my Lumia 620

Some instructions - (in russian, use a translater)

phantom1179 says:

You should change region other!!!

Works guys!!!thanks for the link

Fndlumia says:

Nokia for the win, I'd be pissed if didn't choose lumias. This app is mad on the 1020

wpguy says:

Curse you, Nokia! Don't you know I don't have time to play this morning?

But the siren call of a new toy... must... resissss......

Work? What work? Hey, check this out!

max_blunk says:

OMFG! Nokia is the best!
BUT, I am 620 user, should I upgrade my Phone to 92x? :|

DJCBS says:

Sysapp is an awesome App but it will NOT bring him Amber.

Well...I would to a 920...BUT right now, if I were you, I'd wait for the new generation devices ;)

kullkid92x says:

What DJ said, deff wait for the next wave of devices (should be announced in January) and perhaps release date some month after, or two if you are HTX and Samsung lol or even Nokia actually -_-

not THAT good on 925.. :|

kinaton says:

Great app. Just need Nokia to have all in one app, rather than 7. :)

lubbalots says:

I thought the same thong.

ahmedjan87 says:

I see what you did there ;-)

Chef316 says:

They will slowly start to combine them into one. Like they combine smart camera and pro camera....

Is funny that so many apps announced in Nokia World are be released and almost all apps announced in the Lumia 1020 announcement wasnt released yet...

jey979 says:

awesome.. weekkkk with awesome.. Apps :-) :D

MVogelezang says:

Will It be combined with Nokia camera in the future?

ahmad1020soc says:

Sehr gut.....

psiu_glen says:

Downloaded, loaded Nokia Camera then hit lenses and tried it. Froze with the complete purple circle after a photo. Went back to start, tried going back in, same deal. Quit the app using multitasking menu (GDR3 on 928). Started again, signed into MS account, then hit camera soft button in app. Black screen, this also killed "Explorer", as best as I can tell.

What I mean is that trying to close open apps (including Refocus and NoCam) did nothing, they would disappear bit I had no Start screen, search would not come up, and going back to multitasking screen would show all the apps open. Going to Start showed a black screen and a functional time "bar".

Skeered to try this again! :P

Shodan_HR says:

dude! this app just put my l920 in a comatose state for about 5 minutes... black screen, non responsive, none of the hardware buttons worked. and then it just turn itself on.

i think its not working as it should! :D

UPDATE: now, even my camera app doesnt work... it causes phone to restart

psiu_glen says:

Yeah, I tried again and it seemed to work, but maybe they should call it a Beta*

*may kill your phone

Narr says:

Similar experience here on my 920.

Shodan_HR says:

dude! this app just put my l920 in a comatose state for about 5 minutes... black screen, non responsive, none of the hardware buttons worked. and then it just turn itself on.

i think its not working as it should! :D
update 2: now it works as it should

dazorange says:

I just got it and it works perfect. Another cool app from Nokia.

dalydose says:

I got the frozen purple circle (L920) and I soft reset the device. It's worked like a charm since.

lubbalots says:

No problems here. L920.

dpiranda says:

No problems here. Everything working right. L920.

Pratik Mehta says:

Nokia Lumia 520 India: well my phone is amber updated ,but I havent received the features of the update yet.
And this app asks my phone shld get updated when its already updated(though no features)
Any sols?

hipporama says:

This app is only for the ones with a PureView camera (920, 925, 928, 1020, 1520).

Also the 520 will not get all the features of Amber. Some of the features such as double tap to wake is reserved for the higher end Lumias.

Pratik Mehta says:

Er oh.
No am talking about the data sense,radio,block+filter stuff.

kullkid92x says:

Hmm odd, I thought in India you weren't really restrained by carriers? unless you are?

Cause those settings you mentioned are things some carriers here in the US hold back, such as AT&T with dataSense, they just wont allow it -_-

Pratik Mehta says:

Well those shld have come with the update right. And the other thing is i din even get radio.
And in smart cam(lumia,520) is action shot supported?

Fndlumia says:

Download sysapp pusher and download all Nokia setting apps

Pratik Mehta says:

Well i downloaded. But i cant download those call+filter stuff

bonjoo says:

Hello on Lumia 820 :)

teriansilva says:

Not for 820, though

JimiDiGriz says:

820 never gets the love


What proxy did you use ?


BRomeroT says:

Me encanta :)

hysonmb says:

I installed this app and compared it against the Refocus app that's been out there for a while. I like the arrow controls on the original that allow a second method of determinig the focus but the Nokia version added in color pop which is pretty cool. The shots are identical and it functions the same so as far as I can tell, this is a Nokia skin on the same app more than it is a whole new thing.

Duduosf says:

Wait, this a different version from the one showed to us?

specmania says:

Made my phone restart +1

BK-one says:

This is one sick app.

LSDigital says:

1Mp for those with 512

LSDigital says:

proxy for download.

Only 1Mp photos on 512 Mb devices.

iamtenchi says:


Daniel Brott says:

Made my phone unable to open camera. Turned off phone and back on and camera then worked. Tried refocus again and worked that time but didn't frame the picture properly. This app is pretty buggy. Don't think I'll use it just yet. By the way am using a L928.

lubbalots says:

Needs to be integrated into Nokia Camera. Can't use flash.

tissotti says:

It likely will, but just like the previous apps, it will be "beta tested" before it gets integrated.

lubbalots says:

Nokia has too many separate camera apps. I understand the lenses but one unified Nokia Camera would the experience better I think.

sundawg#WP says:

Ya...i suspect it will be added to Nokia Camera. I don't think this app can use the flash. I believe it is taking multiple shots quickly and adjusts the focus for each shot. Thus having all the data to focus wherever after the fact. I think on my 920, the resulting image quality is degraded...versus taking a single shot with the focus as you'd want. Not to mention this is not ideal for moving subjects. Probably will only use this when feeling artsy.

lubbalots says:

Photos on my 920 degraded since download Amber. Nokia did something wrong. I've sent multiple requests to fix using feedback to Nokia. You can compare picks pre and post Amber. Photos are more noisy with Amber.

walter1832 says:

Wow.  My app list is really crowding up in the "N" section.  It would be cool if Nokia created one app to rule them all.  One app that would have a link to all photo apps that Nokia created.

jlynnm350z says:

Seems grainy to me on my 920. I'm not much of a camera buff so no disappointment here.

pallentx says:

Nice - when you share on facebook it loads an interactive viewer inline!

Duduosf says:


Miistercoool says:

This should be added to the Nokia Camera app, come on Nokia. What's everybody's thought on this? (Nokia 925 owner here btw)

psiu_glen says:

That, or possibly in a supplemental Camera app with stuff like Panorama, HDR (which they need to add), etc etc. And combine the Video tools with Creative Studio as well. If they can let you swipe through the camera roll and reframe it would be a lot better, and if you went to the end of the camera roll it threw you into the camera viewfinder that would be perfect.

brucexli says:

Not really a good idea. In that case even to fix a small bug you need to download probably 100MB of the whole package.

lkishor says:

Downloded on Lumia 520, will check in day time for how does it work....

DenisSuncity says:

Next app I'm waiting is "+16GB memory update"...

raycpl says:

+920... awesome !!!

poken1151 says:

So I just played with it, and I like it... but there're some lil caveats that still have me preffering the Refocus app that's already been on the market place:

The upshot is Nokia's free, and it does the web share thing. But taking two sample shots with both apps.... Mmm, Nokia's more "steady" in the results, both are really quick, but I feel I got more focal points in Refocus vs Nokia Refocus. Try em and see.

OluSegs says:

Can't download :(...says "The Microsoft Account service cannot be reached right now". Anyone else having this issue? My store region is United States, by the way.

OluSegs says:

Nevermind, found the problem and solved it :)

kirklyt says:

Refocus should also be integrated with Nokia Camera, imo.

Sureshr says:

Tried it... Images look very grainy on my NL 925

Nokia is leaving the Mobile business whit style hopely Nokia Black has even more features than what they showed.

blue1k says:

Not impressed. Just tried 2 photos and it would not refocus on closer objects (they are far enough for the focal length). Photos are grainy. Meh. Expected a lot better than this!

DJCBS says:

This has a lot of potential, but this initial release was very disappointing. The picture turns awfully grainy and when they say "get closer"...well...don't get too close. The app doesn't seem to be able to properly focus as the normal Camera does.

freshfelicio says:

Nokia, Y u no integrate this into Nokia camera like Pro Cam and Smart Cam?!

Ed Boland says:

Ok cool, now can we get that "camera enhancement" firmware update for the 1020s on AT&T in the U.S.? PLEASE Nokia... Pretty please!?

SRoshan143 says:

Got it on my Lumia 620 and very much happy with the quality and clearity., working like a charm.. #awesomenokia

psykojello says:

It hanged my 920 and wouldn't let me kill apps. I had to hard reset :(

dalydose says:

Hard reset? I just soft reset mine and it worked great after that.

jiayit says:

Pretty cool, but memory intensive. My IE tab (1 page only, it was this article on WPCentral.con) had to be reloaded when I returned to IE.

JD_Morecraft says:

Anyone else notice on the photo, that if you click to focus on the stone that their hand is sitting on, it looks like the transition between the stone and the hand gets messed up.  It looks like the hand was photoshoped into the picture.

XSportSeeker says:

Yeah, it's how the whole things works: not by taking one photo that's able to refocus, but taking multiple exposures with different deph of fields. So slight movements are also captured.

Google is releasing motorola G quad core 400, 720p 4.3 inch, 2000mah starting @$179, same price range of lumia 520-720. WP is feeling the heat from android kitkat low end phones.

hipporama says:

LOL. Even with all those specs, it will still run like shit.

psiu_glen says:

So, more than double what a 520 at HSN is running for today?

Waffled says:

Working good on my Lumia 720 using the proxy trick. :)

How ? Which proxy ?

britishboy86 says:

I love Nokia best phone company

mrdvos says:

Toy for five minutes. High speed shooting are compensated with high ISO. Result grained picture.
After five minutes, deinstall. NL920

JCRod says:

How do i do that little trick using proxy? 820 here :(

phantom1179 says:

All devices can get nokia refocus if use proxy or Sorry about my english

shakhi says:

Tanks for your guide

Very exciting as a demo but less useful in real life as phone cameras have nearly unlimited depth of field anyway, except if you put something absurdly close up front as a gimmick. Will be very impressed the day someone releases an app that mimicks less focus for backgrounds, making whatever you are shooting stand out more.

dalydose says:

I've gotten some cool use out of it already. Depends on what you like to shoot, I guess.

nblew says:

Awesome app!

CJT1980 says:

I just loaded the app and tried to use it .. now my phone is froze .. but my glance screen still works. I'm trying to do a soft/hard reset but its not working ...WTF 

NutmegState says:

Nokia 920 + Amber and all system updates

Start the app, works fine.  Go to Capture picture and I see the circle progress bar and it spins till completed and then nothing.  Waiting 3min, and gave up.  Would not allow left arrow to get me out of the app. Hit the start button, then left arrow all apps and tried again.  This time capture would not even turn on camera.

Rebooted phone, and worked after the reboot.

Does work well on close up pics.  I believe it would work better on the 1020

Just letting others know you may have a hicup or two

Beltelmel says:

Works fine L920 though not sure how useful it will be.

Edwardlb20 says:

If you want this app on your lumia 820 or lower check out these simple steps

Colin920 says:

Don't you folks know there's be a Refocus app for a while, same logic. Nokia is taken credit from it. And I don't like the image results from Nokia refocus, it has too much noise for indoor picture. Like they set ISO to 1600+ by default. Blur fee, but image looks crap.

PB_H says:

There is "REFOCUS" a 3rd party app in the store for those who don't have Amber/GDR3, it functions very similarly.

marky_yo says:

Well whats tomorrow the story book app?  Nice Nokia is releasing these apps prior to the 1520 launch!

XSportSeeker says:

Not in Brazil, nope. Fucking regulations.
Still waiting for Speek too. ¬¬

Works well on my L620. I have used fiddler to download.

Dex Da Rex says:

Its very buggy on my 920. I will go to take a picture or wait for it to load the purple circle after snapping a pic. It will then freeze and I will not be able to do anything with my phone until I reset it.

plsbru says:

I got the same experience on my L920 too running Nokia Amber. 

Plus after installing this app I experienced an absolutely terrible battery life of just 2-3 hours. I have also installed Assassin's Creed today. I am not sure what was the cause of that battery drain, because nothing had changed from regular usage. No tasks were running in the background too. I unininstalled both Nokia Refocus and the game and now it's back to normal. 

Anyone experienced any battery drains?

Dex Da Rex says:

Well it would freeze. Black screen so instead of resetting it once again and waited few minutes. So like 10 minutes later got off work and went to snap a pic of moon. It just kept loading and loading just for normal camera! So reset it, hopefully they fix it soon.

TheRem says:

App Cave's Refocus is better. ;)

MS_Bangalore says:

I was able to download it on my L925 in India :)

Successfully installed in my lumia 720

Hw did u get it? Wen i am trying proxy method it says app not available. i am from india. 

Mr Geek says:

Change your region setting to USA and language English(U.S). If you install the english(U.S) then restart your phone. 

Dear Venu,


Sorry for the delay in replying your message.  You can download Nokia Refocus via Proxy method.  If "download" button appears, then download through your 3G network.

robbieyoh says:

Only those who have Pureview technology? May we know which models has Pureview? We have several Lumias at home, 520, 720, 820 and 920.

marky_yo says:

Sorry but what is the proxy method???