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    Default Tap to focus not adjusting exposure?

    So something that has been bothering me for a bit now that I completely forgot my old iPhone 4 would do is, when you tap the screen to make a certain part of your frame in focus it would adjust the exposure to that part of the screen. I would use this all the time to get a better photograph and mood lighting scenarios.

    Now I've tried this with every setting possible that would relate to this but to no avail. On my S3 when I tap the screen to put that particular part of my frame in focus, it makes no adjustment to exposure what so ever. This is extremely frustrating. I've already got a replacement coming in as Samsung has confirmed with me that it was a bug on the phone's part but then I came across a review of the S3 when it first came out and the reviewer mentions how he wish exposure would change when you tapped to focus but it doesn't.

    So my question is, does anyone have an S3 that properly changes exposure as well as focus when you tap the screen or does the phone just not come with that ability period. I would think it would since the feature was on my 3 year old iPhone 4.

    EDIT: Here's a link to a video of another person's android device doing what I'm talking about, only to a lesser extent.

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    Default Re: Tap to focus not adjusting exposure?

    I remember I missed the "expose by focus" feature when I switched from my Lumia 900 to my Lumia 920. When I got my S3 I just assumed it also didn't have this feature. I just tested now and no it does not adjust exposure by focused area so I don't think it's a bug. Unless maybe there's an app that does it. I'm not too fussed though because I don't use tap to focus that much.
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    Yeah, I've heard some people say it's supposed to do that, I'd be seriously surprised if it just wasn't supposed to, nearly every smartphone I've seen for the past 2 years can do that. AT&T are sending me a replacement, I'm crossing my fingers that it properly spot meters, if not well I guess I'm looking for a Nexus 4 or something....Ugh. It's a shame, I like so much about this phone.
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    UPDATE:

    Just got my replacement from AT&T and it also doesn't work properly. Or maybe it does? Can any S3 members who have tap to focus also adjust exposure to that area chime in?
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    Default Re: Tap to focus not adjusting exposure?

    In the Camera App goto "Settings"... then "Metering"... then "Spot"...

    Hopefully that will fix it for you.
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    Default Re: Tap to focus not adjusting exposure?

    I've been using it on spot. Still no dice. Every smart phone I've seen since the first galaxy S1 came out does this. My iPhone 4 does this.

    I've heard of a few users with S3's claiming that it at one point did this but has ceased to, yet I just got off the phone with Samsung support and they maintain that it was never a feature on the S3.

    What the hell is going on?!
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    Default Re: Tap to focus not adjusting exposure?

    If you normally focus on center, set it to center weighted.

    --Tapatalk 2 on SGS3.
    Samsung Galaxy S3 4gLTE
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    Default Re: Tap to focus not adjusting exposure?

    Yeah I get that, spot is even better than center weighted for center funny enough. It's just this feature is standard on most other phones. It's frustrating, but it doesn't make me over look the other things I love about the phone. If anyone ever finds a way to fix this or finds it's fixed for me I guess please just let me know.

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