Android How To: Refocus Pictures with Magic Focus on the LG G3

July 30, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

One of the big camera features that have come to Android smartphones over the past 8 months or so, has been the ability to refocus pictures and blur the background. Which is a feature that I love. It’s available on the Xperia Z1/Z2, HTC One M8, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Albeit under different names. LG has also added it into the LG G3, well it was also in the LG G Pro 2 but we never got our hands on that since it hadn’t left Korea. LG calls it Magic Focus, which is kind of a weird name, but you get the point. It basically allows you to go ahead and take a picture, and it gathers a ton more depth information than it normally would, so that you can change the focus point after taking the picture. Naturally, you can’t just snap a picture quickly using magic focus, it will take a few minutes, and a bit to get the hang of as well.

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How to Take Pictures using Magic Focus

  1. Open up the Camera app
  2. Tap on Mode
  3. Then tap on Magic Focus
  4. Now you are ready to take a picture, so hit the shutter button when ready.
  5. It’ll take a bit longer to take the picture, but when it’s done you’ll see you’re new picture in the top right-hand corner.
  6. Tap on that picture
  7. Now tap on where you want to focus in. You can also change the amount of blurriness you get on the right side.

And that’s it. I’ve found that you can get better Magic Focus pictures outside, especially when taking images of flowers, etc. But it does work inside, and works quite well.

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