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I almost never take any close up pictures with my Galaxy Nexus (and when I do, it'd be more convenient to manually switch into some kind of macro mode).

How do I stop the auto-focus from trying all possible focus positions every time I take a picture?

Such behaviour makes me lose all the good moments that I want to capture in the first place (due to a focus delay of about 3 to 5 seconds), and often results with pictures being taken out-of-focus, especially at night or through a windscreen or something. Is there a way to disable such bogus autofocus?

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I'm sure there's some way technically to simply shut off the autofocus, making the camera start up in a default focus and never moving away from that. It is however not a function that I am aware of that it exists in custom ROMS, because that's the only place you'll find modifications like this, and unless there's a big demand for it, it's unlikely someone will code it. I've got a feeling that camera focus might be really tricky to mod from the actual OS.

I think the only way you'll solve this for sure is basically learning to code and inspecting the AOSP source, or paying a developer to do it for you. I'm almost certain it's not a native function of the Android OS.

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Isn't there some way to simply change some setting somewhere somehow? Similar to how the plist settings are done on iOS and OS X? I don't understand how this could not be a priority: does noone use Camera for taking any non-posing pictures? –  cnst Jan 6 '13 at 21:56
    
As I said, I'm not aware of it being a native function of the Android OS. –  bigbadonk420 Jan 7 '13 at 22:48
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