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Unable to take photos: timing of flash / capture not in sync

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Default Unable to take photos: timing of flash / capture not in sync

EVERY time I take a photo running the stock camera app, if flash is enabled (auto or manual), the phone saves a picture file a split second after the flash is back off-resulting in a dark photo saved. I have turned on an off HDR with no change (thinking it would be affecting the timing somehow).

The only way the flash is of any use is if I start to record a motion video file (with flash on the whole time) then touch the screen to capture still photos. Then the photos are lit up perfectly.

Has anyone seen this before? Any tips to fix?

I have had this issue on two Droid Maxx phones now. one unlocked bootloader downgraded to 4.2.2, the other with rooted on 4.2.2 (shipped with camera update firmware, disabled firmware upgrades on purpose to prevent 4.4)
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Same thing often happens to me. It isn't every time I use the flash, but probably 75%. Once it does this crazy flash thing, then the camera no longer zooms properly until I close out of the program and reopen. It happens with the stock camera and 3rd party (camera360).
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