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    Question Camera focus not working + "buzzing" sound

    Hi,

    Everything was great with my camera but recently I started to experience major issues:
    When I try to take a picture of close objects or documents, the camera doesn't focus, the camera is trying to focus again and again while making a low "buzzing" sound and gentle vibration.
    When I try to take a picture of the room or a view, it usually able to focus.
    I have tried other camera apps as well, same issue. Does anyone experience this?
    I don't know if it's hardware related or something else.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Camera focus not working + "buzzing" sound

    Welcome to Android Central! Are you tapping the area that you want to focus on first? How's the lighting? If the lighting isn't very good, the camera may have trouble focusing on a close object.

    Also, make sure camera lens is as clean as possible.
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    Default Re: Camera focus not working + "buzzing" sound

    Thanks, yes I tried tapping the area, the lighting is good, and lens is clean.
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    Default Re: Camera focus not working + "buzzing" sound

    Anyone experience this issue or knows how to fix it?
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    I have too had this problem with the camera lens not focusing on up close objects

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    Never really paid attention to the buzzing noises so I'm not sure if I have that problem

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    Do you ride a motorcycle? Use it with it while mounted to it? I have the same issue and I have seen that many people with this issue have mounted them on their motorcycle and now the camera is messed up. I've had mine for 5 days and it's already messed up.\
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    Is this something that has worked before but suddenly stopped working? How close are you getting when you're trying to take your close up shots? Lenses usually have a minimum focusing distance...
    Current: Z10, Nexus 5, iPhone 5s, iPad mini retina
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    Default Re: Camera focus not working + "buzzing" sound

    You are not alone. My Galaxy Note has been doing this forever. It usually starts after I take a picture. What I have to do it hit the screen and it shuts off. Not sure if that helps you at all. Thankfully it hasn't happened to my Note 10.1.... yet.

    I have been searching on the Internet about this and some people even say using the flashlight will do it. I don't know if it is charging up the light/flash but I never have my flash on.

    If I find anymore about it, I will let you know. I am glad I am not the only one with this problem.
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    I am having that exactly same problem and it was working perfectly before this started a couple of weeks ago - I just looked and I had taken over 1600 pictures without a problem before this started, so I know how to work the camera. I have searched the internet to find a solution - I have deleted and reinstalled the camera program twice. I have deleted the flashlight app and still the phone continues to buzz and refuse to focus. My husband has the exact same phone and he does not have a problem. The only difference is my phone has already updated to 4.4.4 and his is 4.4.3 so I wonder if the update killed the camera.
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    I am also having the same problem, was fine for 7 months then all of a sudden stopped focusing... And makes a buzzing sound when attempting. I will be calling LG up to see what they say soon and will post back on if they are willing to help me! Its within the warranty period.
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    Any updates? I just got my phone back from a screen repair by LG and it now vibrates when trying to focus on close objects!
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    Hello to all!

    Bad news for everyone.. I have an HTC One Max and I opened my phone for searching that terrible sound, and I found the problem.. It's A hardware problem with the camera, it´s a piece that need free move to make the zoom. I put on it a transparent film over the camera and stop the sound. But the zoom doesn´t work anymore. I buy a reemplace camera for my phone, but i think it happen again because it´s a hardware problem and I don't know how many broken cameras are produced.

    That's my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Kleine Deters View Post
    Do you ride a motorcycle? Use it with it while mounted to it? I have the same issue and I have seen that many people with this issue have mounted them on their motorcycle and now the camera is messed up. I've had mine for 5 days and it's already messed up.\
    this is a common problem with htc m7 & m8 they use a focus motor and get damage from motorcycle vibration or high shocks. i had the same problem on my m7 and m8, i took the phone to the supplier and i got new one instead.
    now am using different phone when riding
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    I have a HTC one Max (T6) and it is also doing the buzzing sound and not focusing. I don't ride a motorcycle and I haven't dropped my phone.. It just started happening about a week ago... Guess I am just screwed when it comes to taking pictures...
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    I'm having the same problem after my first long ride of the summer (350 miles) with the M8 mounted as SatNav. The bike being a Ducati Multistrada 1200 V-twin there is plenty of vibration. I've been riding 1000cc V-twins for years together with using HTC phones as SatNav (One XL, Desire Z, Touch Pro 2, Touch Pro) without ever experiencing this problem.
    This new motor driven focus design might prove to be a persistent problem for motorcyclists.
    I did however take the phone skiing in Feb and it survived a week of freezing temperatures and multiple high speed crashes just fine.......
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    Exclamation Re: Camera focus not working + "buzzing" sound

    Solved!!! Solved!!!!!
    Ok i had the same problem and tried every software solution i could think of, then i realized that it is a hardware problem so before i bought a new camera i did this. Dont ask me what made me think of it but this is just how my brain works. While the camera app was open and it was buzzing all around ,i took a tiny ,tiny neodymium magnet and put it near the main camera opening on the rear and all of a sudden the buzzing and shaking stopped. So i put a little drop of ca glue to hold it in place and now its fixed, well sort of, at least temporarily till i can buy a new camera assembly. I was trying to think of why this fixed the issue but im kind of burnt out right now, any help is always appreciated.
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    Default Re: Camera focus not working + "buzzing" sound

    Something is broken or loose, and the magnet is holding it in just the right place. Quick, buy lottery tickets - you're very lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LightM View Post
    Hi,

    Everything was great with my camera but recently I started to experience major issues:
    When I try to take a picture of close objects or documents, the camera doesn't focus, the camera is trying to focus again and again while making a low "buzzing" sound and gentle vibration.
    When I try to take a picture of the room or a view, it usually able to focus.
    I have tried other camera apps as well, same issue. Does anyone experience this?
    I don't know if it's hardware related or something else.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rukbat View Post
    Something is broken or loose, and the magnet is holding it in just the right place. Quick, buy lottery tickets - you're very lucky.
    I would have to agree with this.
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    After reading this post, I found a strong fridge magnet and held it near my camera. The buzzing stopped immediately! How tiny of a magnet did you use and where did you get it?? Thanks!!
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    After reading Paul Levine1's post...
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    I've got the same issue with my S6. I took a video and posted it on youtube. I cant post links here but if you search on youtube "Problem with Samsung S6 Camera jamestoh" it should come up at the top.

    I sent it to the Samsung Singapore service center yesterday, and apparently they ran some "tests" and claimed that it is entirely normal. Seriously?
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    Funny that I have the same problem, and I also ride a motorcycle. Looks like the vibrations are causing this problem...
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    Default Re: Camera focus not working + "buzzing" sound

    Quote Originally Posted by LightM View Post
    Thanks, yes I tried tapping the area, the lighting is good, and lens is clean.
    Mine has also been doing this same thing but now just the other day it started doing it all the time. My camera is now useless. The buzzing is also happening with my flashlight.
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