Galaxy S6 Camera Randomly Makes Loud Buzzing Sounds?

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yeswap

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It is simply the OIS starting up. The OIS (optical image stabilization) moves around to take the little shakes out of the video. Since it would waste insain amounts of battery if it was on all the time it isn't. Instead it starts when you open an applacation that uses the camera. THIS NOISE IS TOTALLY NORMAL ON THE GS6. :good:
I don't agree that the noise is normal. It wasn't there the first 6 months I owned the phone. Since it started a month ago it's become increasing frequent continues for a longer time, up to 30 seconds. My S7 Edge and Note 4 do not make any sound when launching the camera.
 

thundastruck

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No issues here.

Never dropped my phone and it's about 2 months old now.

If this info was useful, thank me now. Or never... :silly:
 

neilmc1983

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My S6's camera has started to vibrate really quickly and make a loud buzzing noise like a fly.

I've owned the phone since launch and only recently has it started doing this.

This morning I went for a nice walk with my girlfriend and as I tried to take picture the camera started buzzing, the image on the screen was shaking like mad. I pressed record to capture it.

Here's the video I captured.
https://youtu.be/wyEyBIlNnHE

Over the last 3-4 weeks, it's done this maybe 5 or 6 times.

Something is not right

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EpicLPer

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My S6's camera has started to vibrate really quickly and make a loud buzzing noise like a fly.

I've owned the phone since launch and only recently has it started doing this.

This morning I went for a nice walk with my girlfriend and as I tried to take picture the camera started buzzing, the image on the screen was shaking like mad. I pressed record to capture it.

Here's the video I captured.
https://youtu.be/wyEyBIlNnHE

Over the last 3-4 weeks, it's done this maybe 5 or 6 times.

Something is not right

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First of all:
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Second: Try tapping the back of the phone quickly with your finger, that should free the sensor from whatever position it's stuck in.
 

neilmc1983

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First of all:
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Second: Try tapping the back of the phone quickly with your finger, that should free the sensor from whatever position it's stuck in.
First, I was trying to take a portrait PICTURE, not a landscape picture. The video is in portrait as I just wanted to quickly record the fault.

Second, I know how to exit out to stop the camera buzzing and vibrating. That doesn't change the fact that the fault is still there.

The camera shouldn't be doing.

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Kaylarussell

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I have been having the same problem with my Samsung s6 as if its going to explode. I am in my teens and i am extrememly worried incase anything happens. Any idea 's or tips?
 

FUXAS

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I had the same issue and took my s6 edge+ to the warranty. They confirmed that it is faulty camera (unstable picture, buzz) and got my money back. Waiting for note7...

So if you have the same problem, do not hesitate and take your phone for repairing or ask your money back.
 

gitti_italy

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how can i get a new one if i buy this from ebay and its rooted

Where are you from? Do you have any proof of purchase with date?

If they blame you because you have rooted the phone or changed firmware (knox 0x01), you could try to point them to this thread: there are dozens of unrooted phones suffering from the same issue and they should repair it, because it's an hardware issue that you cannot cause by simply rooting the device. It is for sure a lack of conformity already present at the moment you bought the phone, and this thread is a proof (there should be also videos on youtube showing the issue).

Otherwise, you could ask a Consumers' Association in your country (given that you have a proof of purchase with purchase and a genuine non-manipulated phone)
 
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ant4r3s

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mine had the same problem after 4 mounth.
I have root since first day.
my phone is S6 g920f italy warranty.

i called the customare care, send them the phone (pre-formatted with original firmware) and back home again in 6 days, FIXED.
They have changed the optical camera sector and no annoying to knox 0x1 ecc....

sorry for bad english, im italian.
 

Windforce0511

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Anyone have fixed the problem without going to service? Maybe humidity is the problem or something...
 
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gitti_italy

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Nope, this is not the same thing. This problem affects videos and goes worse with time. Samsung accepts those devices and changes the camera module.

By the way... another one bites the dust!

So after 1 and half a year, I've got this issue on 3 out of 5 S6/S6Edge that I've bought/advise to buy. Freaking 60% defect rate. Notice that the other 2 S6 were sold / destroyed, so I don't know if they would have be affected too.

This time it's an 11 month old S6 Edge, ISOCell camera.
 
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JunkBondTrader7

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My note 5 started doing this 5 days after I got it. Rear facing camera only, and randomly triggered by camera apps, or sometimes apps that have camera access. I am quite certain it is a hardware problem. This started happening one day after extensively using my video camera to record close up objects. Lots of focusing and whatnot... For the record, I'm in Canada with Telus.

I called Samsung and I'm under warranty. They still charge $30 just to replace it, even under warranty. They said they will send me a loaner phone while I wait... But I said forget it. I've had the phone a year now, and honestly I don't even notice it anymore. It was annoying at first, but honestly it doesn't affect anything at all. Sometimes rarely, the screen wobbles for a second. Is it irritating? Super... Does it irk me? Oh yes very much... Lol but I've accepted it.

Also, I've done lot's of research and have found no one saying that this problem eventually led to a more serious problem. It just seems to be a small loose part... But I can live with it. At least it doesn't affect image quality.

Anyway, good luck everyone getting your phone fixed! If not, don't worry. Doesn't seem to be the end of the world :)
 

Lor876

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My sons phone does this too. It sounds like a fizzy noise. Almost sounds like a electric short. Is this a malfunction. He has a Samsung S 6 active
 

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    Hi All, even i had this issue within 2 months of my purchase, sent in the phone for repair, the service center replaced the camera sensor (It was a sony sensor before and after the repair). You can check my earlier posts on this issue. The issue did go away after the repair but only to come back again within another 2 months. I thought it will go away with time as it started very slightly but it kept on increasing and hit its worse again. Now again the phone has been sent to repair. This time the service engineers said its not an issue and that they were not able to replicate it!:silly:, I made some more calls and explained them that the camera has been changed prior and how come its not an issue now that i have the same problem back again. They then sent a samsung senior service engineer and he tested the phone for a day. The conclusion? its not just an issue with the camera. The report says that there is some sort of electrical spikes from the motherboard itself near the camera which in turn damages the camera module as well. This explains why i got the issue back again even after getting the camera replaced. To all those who face this issue, please keep checking for this issue even after getting it repaired. It will be back within some time and make sure you replace the entire board to get rid of this defect once and for all. Cheers!:good:
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    Hi all,

    I wasn't able to find any threads related to this in the S6 forums but I wanted to see if anyone else has this. When I open my camera app, sometimes the camera takes 1-2 seconds to initially focus and during that time it makes a loud buzzing sound. It sounds like a focus motor or something in the camera and the camera output on screen flutters while it focuses. Once it focuses, everything is normal and it doesn't make any more noise to refocus. This also doesn't happen every time I open the camera app, seems mostly random. Has anyone else experienced this? I am already on my 2nd S6 since the first was defective for different reasons and I'm starting to get very disappointed with Samsung quality control. :(
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    Bad repair story here in Italy.

    Had Sony sensor on a device bought on August. It came with 5.1.1 preinstalled, so this OIS issue should be a problem related to early devices.

    14 business days (and two e-mail reminders after 10 and 12 days) to get a new camera sensor from Samsung. Shocking.

    Explicitly asked for Sony, got ISOCELL.

    During the disassembly, something went probably wrong so I had my back cover replaced. Unfortunately, the replaced black cover does not provide any information on my IMEI and serial number, so I have a 2 month old flagship device with a spare part. That's not acceptable for me, it looks like a repaired phone.

    Were all your back covers be replaced? Is this a standard procedure?

    TIA

    Yes, my production batch is very first(March) so I got camera issue and I've no choice but replace it. It seems Samsung invested more in HK(I've heard the China svc is also very slow and bad) so we've got superior services here, very premium level. I know now why many China guys went to HK buy Samsung.

    Yesterday, weird, got only very seldom customers in svc so I was lucky to get quick repairing, actually spend only one and a half hour ago. I'm real surprised and shocking at the moment when I received SMS told me go back to take it :D, maybe they just got in new parts and I'm very lucky enough. They managed only changed the camera module to me, no new back cover or motherboard so I'm with the same IMEI and serial number(I checked it via PhoneInfo App afterward).

    They've only got few Sony leaves for S6, so it's a bit hard to get back Sony now. Sony is real clear and sharp, I'm also disappointed with ISOCell but in reality, ISOCell is more useful for daily driver or normal user. The color and exposure control is better now, so I think it is a fair trade. Both got pros and cons, no real winner. If you have time to play Pro mode to change the color temp, saturated or highlight/shadow then Sony is way more suitable, for professional photo taker. But if you just want to shoot Auto all times with S6 like me(I got S6 bcoz wanted the camera acting fast for point and shoot, if I like to deal with manual mode, I actually would prefer to get a real Sony phone like Z5/Z5c instead), ISOCell indeed is more better for casual use with no brain.
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    Started happening to me too last Sunday. A tick 90% of the time but then an awful whirring/gridning noise for 2 or 3 seconds the other 10% of the time I launched it. Sent it away for repair to Samsung via my carrier on Monday. 7 to 10 business days to come back so we will see what happens. Was able to get it to happen more often by letting it ride around in my pocket for a while first or by exiting the camera app while it was trying to focus and then relaunching it again.

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    Who did you send yours too for repair? Did it go out to Samsung directly or was it a carrier repair center? I wonder who called for the direct replacement of it and how much time was spent looking at the device and trying to repair it.

    Mine is going direct to Samsung. Also complained about poor cell connections compared to my previous phones. Always dropping signal and having a hard time keeping even edge when my old M8 would retain 4G all day long at work and at home.

    I've got the 128GB version which I assume isn't nearly as popular as the 32 and 64. I wonder if because of that I got an original run built phone that may have had some of the process kinks not quite worked out yet.

    I'm from Argentina... things doesn't work as well as in countries from 1st world (as we can say Canada is one of those).
    I took it to my carrier repair center... twice! The first time they hand it back to me just with a hard reset arguing that the problem was solved. The second time I assume they send it to Samsung repair center and Samsung asked the replacement for a new phone... I had contact only with the carrier (Personal).
    The thing of the unit replacement instead of the camera repair, is done because we have lots of troubles to let spare parts coming into our country (imports are restricted to support the local industry, just we don't have micro-electronics industry). Samsung here is buying assembly kits and assembly the phones here... yup, you understand right, the phone came disassembled from... China, and "Samsung" assemblies it back. Just to let you know, this phone that saw the light late 2014 / early 2015 in the rest of the world, it came to Argentina in july... +7 months of "delay". We are a delayed country! I laugh for not to cry.

    I can't complain about signal, it has a good strenght... and where 4G is available it works fine and with an excelent data rate all the time... the problem as I said before, is infrastructure, in my country carriers have just started the migration to 4G (LTE) and the final stages of the migration are set until 2018... yup, other countries will be upgrading to next generation and we'll be still migrating. I hope in a short term period of time they will upgrade all of the metropolitan area infrastructure. Even WiFi is better than my previous device (Motorola Razr i -XT890-).
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    I have the dame problem.
    I don't know if this is normal.
    I don't think so :(
    Waiting for some explanations

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