According to the specs, the Lumia 1020 should be able to auto-focus as close as 15cm. However, my phone consistently has trouble focusing that close. Typically, if the subject is between 15cm and 25cm away and I hold down the shutter half-way to focus, or touch the screen on a focus point, the focusing system temporarily focuses, but then immediately "pops back" out of focus.
SOMETIMES I can focus up to around 15cm, but it's not consistent and so I've been finding it difficult to get macro shots in general with the phone.
Has anybody else had this problem, or is possibly just an issue with my specific phone?
Only comments that spring to mind found in these articles:-
However, as you'd probably guess those two articles really don't specifically state that it's better to use manual focus when shooting macro shots with the 1020. It certainly does make sense that manual is useful for macro, but that's an answer to a slightly different problem.
Here's why I think it's a bigger problem than realized. If you use an app that requires you to be able to focus close, such as a QR or bar code reader, or an banking app that lets you take pictures of a check to deposit it, this problem can be extremely annoying. In some cases it may render the app useless. The trouble is that most (if not all) of those apps do not provide a way to manually focus. Instead, with the 1020 you have to move back. But if you move too far, the thing you're trying to get in focus may get too small.
I think this is actually a bug in the system assuming other people are running into it. If not, then my phone needs to be replaced.
Same problem here. I know the camera CAN focus close, because it briefly does so when trying to autofocus, but then it pops back out of focus again. BIG problem for barcode scanning apps. I hope they have a firmware fix coming.
I've never managed to get as close as 15cm, I've so far been standing further back and then digitally zooming in. if you have bright light then the technique works exceptionally well
some of the bods have been getting some great shots using the manual focus, have a look at this thread from a while back
I've had the phone since the 17th Sept. and it's a great camera but I think it needs a different mindset, it's not as simple as just point and shoot. One thing that struck me on using it after an SLA is how wide angle the lens is, it's like shooting with a permanently attached wide angle lens, and I think this is the cause of the problem.
I think I need two extra elements to make it into an awesome macro machine.
1) something like this http://www.olloclip.com/ to refocus the lens onto a small area. (if you couple this with the 1020 camera, it would be amazing not far off a small microscope)
2) an app that will save your manual setting as a list of favorites so you don't have to constantly set them back up each time you turn the camera on.
I think others are missing the point that Greazer, DiGiD and others are making. It is this: the camera actually CAN focus when it is this close, you can actually see it doing so. BUT it does not hold it when the picture is finally taken. That is what is so frustrating. I would agree, this seems to be a software problem. I wish Nokia would recognize it.