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Sky33

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Oct 7, 2021
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Hi, I noticed today that when I take photos with 1x, it seems like lack of focus.

With wide camera, 3x, and 10x, the results are fine and sharp. Just the main 1x is the problem.

Note: I used manual focus with Pro mode

Auto indoor

Pro Indoor

Auto Outdoor

Pro Outdoor

Anyone has this issue? Any idea how to fix it?

Things I have done:
- factory reset, clear camera cache.

I am running One UI 4 Beta 1.

Samsung S21 Ultra Snapdragon 5G
 
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blackhawk

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Brace the phone to eliminate cam shake.
Make sure it's getting a AF lock.
Where you too close?
Compare the shooting settings from the pro vs photo auto whatever mode in the photos exif data.
Not every shot is a keeper...
 

Sky33

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Brace the phone to eliminate cam shake.
Make sure it's getting a AF lock.
Where you too close?
Compare the shooting settings from the pro vs photo auto whatever mode in the photos exif data.
Not every shot is a keeper...
Not sure. I see a similar thread below talking about the same thing.

Short story he got his phone repaired by Samsung.

 
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blackhawk

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Not sure. I see a similar thread below talking about the same thing.

Short story he got his phone repaired by Samsung.

Could be... but a couple blurry shots can happen.
Make sure the lense cover plate is clean as that can skew the AF.
Try clearing the cam data and the system cache.
 
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Sky33

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I think it is okay now. I switched the full resolution and format my phone. I'll let you know if it happens again
Could be... but a couple blurry shots can happen.
Make sure the lense cover plate is clean as that can skew the AF.
Try clearing the cam data and the system cache.
No. It happens again.

Hmm there are actually people also having this problem.

 

babyboy3265

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Even if you put your phone in one spot and you are not holding it in your hands the photos from the main cam still come up blurry?
 
@Sky33 what you are sharing there are screenshots which is not ideal. In order to clear the situation up let's do the following:

0. Disable location saving in the camera app.

1. Pick a well lit scene (at least as lit as a cloudy mid day) with a well defined object (the sky or a wall won't do) that is at least 2 m from your phone. Most of the times indoor lighting is not enough, except maybe for a very bright kitchen light.

2. Place your phone on an object (preferably on a tripod) or make you're holding it very still (you have to be in a confortabile position yourself).

3. Frame the photo with the above object close to the middle and force the camera to focus on it by tapping the screen on the object.

4. Take a picture with the auto mode.

5. Switch to pro mode and repeat points 3 and 4. Be careful to have approximately the same framing.

6. Upload the original photos to a file sharing service (Google Drive, One Drive, mega.nz, etc.) and share them here. Do not use a photo sharing service as that might compress the pictures. Do not remove any EXIF data from the pictures.

In case I wasn't clear enough please point it out. I'm not in the best environment to write.

Let's see what comes out.
 
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Sky33

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@Sky33 what you are sharing there are screenshots which is not ideal. In order to clear the situation up let's do the following:

0. Disable location saving in the camera app.

1. Pick a well lit scene (at least as lit as a cloudy mid day) with a well defined object (the sky or a wall won't do) that is at least 2 m from your phone. Most of the times indoor lighting is not enough, except maybe for a very bright kitchen light.

2. Place your phone on an object (preferably on a tripod) or make you're holding it very still (you have to be in a confortabile position yourself).

3. Frame the photo with the above object close to the middle and force the camera to focus on it by tapping the screen on the object.

4. Take a picture with the auto mode.

5. Switch to pro mode and repeat points 3 and 4. Be careful to have approximately the same framing.

6. Upload the original photos to a file sharing service (Google Drive, One Drive, mega.nz, etc.) and share them here. Do not use a photo sharing service as that might compress the pictures. Do not remove any EXIF data from the pictures.

In case I wasn't clear enough please point it out. I'm not in the best environment to write.

Let's see what comes out.

Note: I used manual focus with Pro mode

Auto indoor

Pro Indoor

Auto Outdoor

Pro Outdoor
 
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blackhawk

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Take into account the differences in iso, shutter speed, exposure and AF point between the 2 modes.
On my N10+ I will use manual mode when automated mode fails. Usually because of an AF lockon issues.

These micro lense systems have no adjustable aperture so no aperture priority mode, the most useful mode to have when shooting.
That sucks.
 

Sky33

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Take into account the differences in iso, shutter speed, exposure and AF point between the 2 modes.
On my N10+ I will use manual mode when automated mode fails. Usually because of an AF lockon issues.

These micro lense systems have no adjustable aperture so no aperture priority mode, the most useful mode to have when shooting.
That sucks.
I came from N10+ and didn't have this issue. Usually just open camera, point, and shoot, and will definitely get those fine results.

I guess this is a new normal for me :/
 

blackhawk

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I came from N10+ and didn't have this issue. Usually just open camera, point, and shoot, and will definitely get those fine results.

I guess this is a new normal for me :/
Return it if not happy.
If anything it should be better than the 10+'s AF.

I got a second new N10+ 2 weeks ago because both Samsung latest and Android 11 didn't thrill me.
 
Note: I used manual focus with Pro mode

Auto indoor

Pro Indoor

Auto Outdoor

Pro Outdoor
Sorry for my late response but I've been rather busy lately.
I kept on looking at the two sets of pictures and I must say there are some interesting things happening there. I assumed that the objects in focus are the boxes of Crunchies and the chair on the grass, respectively. I took a look at the EXIF data and it might explain a lot.

Indoor picture:
Auto: The blur seems to be caused by movement. If the exposure time is correct (1 s) than it is very much explainable. I'm not sure how capable Samsung's OIS is, but from my experience 4 stops is what OIS would compensate for and there are approx 5 stops (1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1) between pro and auto exposure times.
Pro: The exposure time is just about right for a clear shot (1/50 sec). The exposure seems to be calculated differently, for whatever reason.

Outdoor picture:
Auto: Same as before, there is a 1 sec exposure time.
Pro: The photo seems to be more sharpened in pro mode.

I would recommend you wipe the cache of the camera app and try again. If the results are not improving then try wiping the data of the camera app. If things are still blurry, call Samsung service center. There is a possibility that your camera module is not properly calibrated.
 
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    Note: I used manual focus with Pro mode

    Auto indoor

    Pro Indoor

    Auto Outdoor

    Pro Outdoor
    Sorry for my late response but I've been rather busy lately.
    I kept on looking at the two sets of pictures and I must say there are some interesting things happening there. I assumed that the objects in focus are the boxes of Crunchies and the chair on the grass, respectively. I took a look at the EXIF data and it might explain a lot.

    Indoor picture:
    Auto: The blur seems to be caused by movement. If the exposure time is correct (1 s) than it is very much explainable. I'm not sure how capable Samsung's OIS is, but from my experience 4 stops is what OIS would compensate for and there are approx 5 stops (1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1) between pro and auto exposure times.
    Pro: The exposure time is just about right for a clear shot (1/50 sec). The exposure seems to be calculated differently, for whatever reason.

    Outdoor picture:
    Auto: Same as before, there is a 1 sec exposure time.
    Pro: The photo seems to be more sharpened in pro mode.

    I would recommend you wipe the cache of the camera app and try again. If the results are not improving then try wiping the data of the camera app. If things are still blurry, call Samsung service center. There is a possibility that your camera module is not properly calibrated.
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    You may have a too dark room to take photos
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    Brace the phone to eliminate cam shake.
    Make sure it's getting a AF lock.
    Where you too close?
    Compare the shooting settings from the pro vs photo auto whatever mode in the photos exif data.
    Not every shot is a keeper...
    Not sure. I see a similar thread below talking about the same thing.

    Short story he got his phone repaired by Samsung.

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    Not sure. I see a similar thread below talking about the same thing.

    Short story he got his phone repaired by Samsung.

    Could be... but a couple blurry shots can happen.
    Make sure the lense cover plate is clean as that can skew the AF.
    Try clearing the cam data and the system cache.