Damien Dinning Dispels the myth and misconceptions behind Full Focus cameras #C7 #E7

| November 23, 2010 | 6 Replies

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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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

[See Nokia E7 gallery]

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.

Nokia Conversations


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  • Cod3rror

    Sorry but full focus sucks! I won’t be buying a phone that does not have an autofocus. I need Macro shots damn it!

    • Marcus87

      I totally agree…
      I’m waiting for a sort of E7 with autofocus camera. Without it I will never buy it…

  • Cod3rror

    If the phone can’t focus on items closer than 100-50cm, then how am I supposed to use it a barcode scanner? Have you thought of that Nokia?

  • Rant

    Hard to manufacture or not, I don’t have much love for the non AF things. I understand it is usefull for those that make the quick snaps. But when it comes to creating photographic wonders with a mere phone these things absolutly don’t cut it.

  • gordonH

    Guess everyone here wouldn’t mind non AF phones unless it did macro mode.
    I regularly take snaps of labels, docs,business card and even business samples, it’s an important feature for me.

  • pchees

    I think for the C6-01 this camera is fine, but for the C7 and the E7 they should have put a 5 Mega pixel AF and a 8 Mega pixel AF respectively. I understand that would make the E7 a little thicker but I would have preferred it that way.