Nokia’s Damien Dinning, Imaging wizard, has written a comprehensive post about Nokia’s Full Focus camera to educate and dispel about the myths and misconceptions about cameras without autofocus (as seen in slim E7 and C7 – C6-01 too though slimness debatable).
Full focus – low tech – v – simple? “it could be easily argued that Full Focus cameras are in fact more complex than autofocus cameras”
Benefits of Full Focus Camera?
- With a Nokia Full Focus camera you can simply grab moments without the fear of images or videos ever being out of focus for subjects from around 50cm through to infinity, regardless of lighting conditions or subject position in the frame etc.
- No shooting lag waiting for autofocus. Despite the Nokia N8 featuring the fastest autofocus of any mobile at just 350ms (average), it’s still a delay.
- Everything from approximately 50cm to infinity in the same picture/video appears in focus. Hence the name ‘Full Focus’ cameras. Conventional cameras have less ‘depth of field’ than Full Focus cameras and therefore, distant objects will appear blurred. Those more experienced photographers may – of course – prefer the reduced depth of field look. However, those less involved (the vast majority of those who take pictures) find the “everything in focus” look very appealing.
- Slimmer camera modules – leading to slimmer product designs.
Read the full article over at Nokia Conversations where Damien continues on the topic of:
Complex lens design
Blurred for clarity
Add secret sauce
May well be an interesting read, especially after we’ve seen some not so flattering low light night shots from proto E7-00 this morning.
I’m not really a fan of full focus for photography. I like my macros and full focus cameras CANNOT give you that option. For majority of folks though who are taking photos of people, scenery it’s enough. I’ve seen some beautiful shots from the C7.
But it’s not just about focusing but having fast enough shutter speeds to reduce the blurs that are seen in early proto E7 when people move.
Full Focus with Active Hyperfocal focusing on videos is certainly really useful too on 95% of occasions.