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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It appears that Open Camera (net.sourceforge.opencamera) does contain a feature where the focus could be manually set to auto, infinity, macro, manual (locked-on-touch) and continuous.

Open Camera, focus options

It does appear to mostly work on a non-rooted Nexus 5 — changing the setting to infinity does remove the extra focusing delay prior to taking each picture (although it also appears to be buggy in such a way that changing from auto to infinity may sometimes leave the focus at the macro level, without refocusing at infinity).


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
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 21:56
  • As I said, I'm not aware of it being a native function of the Android OS.
    – pzkpfw
    Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 22:48

Having just experienced a similar issue, I've found that the apps "Camera FV-5" and "Cinema FV-5" both have nice extra options, including ones affecting focus. Worked for me, even if I'm not sure quite which buttons I hit.


At the moment on my Samsung Galaxy A50 phone, you can lock the focus by:

  • opening the camera app
  • then pressing on the screen with your finger, on the spot where you want to lock the focus, for 1-2 seconds, and it should lock the focus until you tap the camera screen again

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