Smartphone photography is serious business these days, every year the latest devices come bearing beefier camera sensors. To provide a great photography experience, these sensors need to be backed up by powerful camera apps. CyanogenMod Project, which is behind some of the most used custom Android ROMs, has now created a new camera app called Focal. It raises the bar for all stock and vendor modified apps. Focal is actually part of the mysterious CyanogenMod project called Nemesis, under which they will be releasing new features in various phases.

Focal has been built from scratch, its user-interface is widget based that consists of modern Android elements found throughout the OS. Users can drag the focus point anywhere on the viewfinder, or they can tap anywhere for automatic focus. The settings menu can be brought up by swiping your thumb from the left. The camera button expands out and offers toggles for panorama mode, front camera and more.

Panoramic shots can be taken through Focal, CyanogenMod didn’t use Google’s PhotoSphere technology that’s available only for Nexus devices (out of the box). They built their own, called PicSphere, which is totally open source. Other features include a burst mode, improved HDR mode and ability to take pictures while recording video. CyanogenMod nightly builds released from next week will come featuring the Focal app. [Image via Geek]

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