Solution 1 :

This is impossible right now but it may be possible in the near future. You should take a look at MediaStream Image Capture Working Draft. This spec describes advance options for .applyConstraints, initially introduced in Media Capture and Streams.

How it works according to spec? First, you need to get the capabilities by using .getCapabilities. If the browser can manage focus, then you can set focusMode: "auto" | "manual" and focusDistance: number for current constraints.

Focus mode describes the focus setting of the capture device (e.g. auto or manual).

Focus distance is a numeric camera setting that controls the focus distance of the lens. The setting usually represents distance in meters to the optimal focus distance.

Unfortunately, you can’t control the focus at the moment, but you can check the code that may work in the future.

Chrome issue about support for focusDistance | Chrome Platform Status | MediaCapture Image Implementation Status.

CodeSandbox Demo

  .getUserMedia({ video: true })
  .catch(err => console.error("getUserMedia() failed: ", err));

function gotMedia(mediastream) {
  const video = document.querySelector("video");
  video.srcObject = mediastream;

  const track = mediastream.getVideoTracks()[0];
  const capabilities = track.getCapabilities();

  // Check whether focus distance is supported or not.
  if (!capabilities.focusDistance) {

  // Map focus distance to a slider element.
  const input = document.querySelector('input[type="range"]');
  input.min = capabilities.focusDistance.min;
  input.max = capabilities.focusDistance.max;
  input.step = capabilities.focusDistance.step;
  input.value = track.getSettings().focusDistance;

  input.oninput = function(event) {
      advanced: [{
        focusMode: "manual",
  input.hidden = false;
<video autoplay></video>
<input type="range" hidden />

Problem :

The API with getUserMedia is very useful to have a video stream inside the browser/inside a HTML5 page, see for example or

From this API, how to trigger an autofocus of the (smartphone) camera when doing a tap in the video display?

This is indeed the usual behaviour in nearly all smartphone camera apps.

I haven’t found anything about “focus” in the API documentation MediaDevices.getUserMedia()


Comment posted by Eldar

Well, I don’t think it is possible.

Comment posted by Basj

Thank you very much, I’ll check this in the future when there will be browser updates, to see when it’s available. PS: even when it will be available, it seems that there is no “tap to

Comment posted by artanik

It seems like

Comment posted by here

I just did @artanik

Comment posted by artanik

Awesome, I hope this will turn out as a feature in near future

Comment posted by w3c section ยง10.4

There is a