Sony Xperia Background Defocus camera app shown off

by XB on 10th January 2014

in Hands On, Imaging, Videos, Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Background DefocusSony has used Background Defocus in a number of the company’s Cyber-shot camera range for a while and it now plans to bring this feature to the Xperia smartphone range. The T-Mobile bound Xperia Z1s will have exclusivity on this feature, at least initially, but we would expect to hit other handsets including the global Xperia Z1 model in due course.

Background Defocus is part of Sony’s Smart Social Camera in select Xperia devices, allowing developers to bring their own apps as part of Sony’s camera experience. Background Defocus allows you to create a ‘bokeh’ effect, commonly seen in much more expensive Digital SLRs. This blurs out the background allowing the photographer to focus on a particular part of the image.

Background Defocus works by taking two consecutive photos with different focus positions. The software then works out the relative distance between the foreground subject (in-focus) and other parts. It then blends these two frames to create a single image with the foreground subject in sharp focus against a blurred background.

This app allows you to adjust the level of blurring in the background, it will also allow you to use motion blur (upwards and downwards) for a more artistic effect.

The Next Web reported problems in trying to use this mode outside of the demo set up, with errors reported most times. Sony says that to get the best out of the app you should stand around two feet away from the subject against a background that is at least three feet behind it. Despite these teething issues, Background Defocus looks like a great camera app from Sony and we can’t wait until it becomes more widely available to the Sony Xperia range.

Via Android Central and The Next Web.

  • Mirrorpurple

    I wanna download this into my Xperia Z1

  • supermax

    hust z1

  • Camilo Uribe

    Don’t appears in Sony Select :(

  • redwan

    i want sony xperia z2

  • Gayashan

    Where can I download this?

  • harly

    I want 5 billion dollars

  • Yali AA

    Waiting for port……

  • Mirrorpurple

    Gotta wait for the Z1s to release and someone kind enough to upload the apk

  • barc00de

    I want 100 billion euro hehehehe

  • Tim Aries

    Whatever it is a gimmick or not, its still quite cool!

  • Tim Aries

    I want Sony Mobile to be my company

  • DooMLoRD

    just wait for a few more days and we will have this on our Z1 :)

  • Mirrorpurple

    You sure, lord?

  • wick

    Was just a matter of time!

  • laci_csk

    I want update for my xperia T.

  • lucasarg

    I want to have it on my ZL, this is amazing!

  • Tim Aries

    Haha simple as it is.

  • Andros Mavroleftheros

    Please add Background Defocus camera app for Xperia Z Ultra too.

  • P9

    Sony always the best. they seems kno what people want, much. love u. :)

  • Clarence Alvarado

    It’s just sad that it’s going to be saved only in Full HD resolution (1080p) and not even 8 MP

  • Sokphorn Miin

    great job Sony, i will waiting it for my Xperia Z

  • P9

    amazing ever. just want it! ;)

  • Ahmed Musthafa

    Being a flagship the Sony Xperia z1 should get it right now…whats the reason for the delay….just for making T-mobile users feel special!!!
    Already Sony have made them by giving 32gb on board storage.
    Anybody share the apk ASAP!!

  • Makiz

    What about our Z? :P

  • DooMLoRD

    Well the firmware on Z1s will be similar to Z1 (14.X.X.X.X) so the app should work on Z1. As for Z, we will have to test…

  • Makiz

    I wonder if our friend Irida has such cool apps on her GS4 :P

  • DooMLoRD

    Ya I was heartbroken to see Iris move on to Sammy ;-)

  • Someone

    Why they don’t add manual focus slider like lg g2 or lumia 1020 for this? (capturing bokeh)

  • Alfonso

    Guess we can hope for it to be included with all Z-models in 4.4 update.

  • Quark Gluon

    Sony please don’t use gaussian blur! It would be perfect if you use out-of-focus blur algorithm instead!

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  • vigneshprince

    okay nice! but why no Timeshift burst for Xperia Z??

  • Chris

    It looks great! Looking forward to this app for my Z1!

  • Ruslan K

    Please port this .apk :-P

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  • steffen gjærdingen

    and the only crap thing about this is the image size, same as the burst mode with 60 pictures it only stores the picture in KB instead of MB

  • steffen gjærdingen

    Give me live ISO controls and live focus controls like in the software the nokias got and i will buy this at once

  • Abhijit Biswas

    I am sure you will port it other xperia devices…

    Xperia SP and Xperia M(for mother) user!

    I respect and love you Doomlord! You are great!

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  • Ritwij

    Do InfoEye and other camera apps from Z1 work on Z? AR Effect is available on the Play Store but I’d really like to know how to get more camera apps. (My Z is updated to Android 4.3)

  • DooMLoRD

    here you go!

    Background Defocus app working on the Xperia Z1 thanks to my friend Soheil_rf@XDA

  • Gary Ohanian

    Works. Yay!

    Thanks guys. Awesome!

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  • yash

    not working on xperia SP ; It display ” could not blur background “

  • Dilpreet Sidhu

    Background defocus doesnot work on xperia t2 ultra..any solution??

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