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Re: Some issues with my new S4.
Run your finger tip over the lens surface and you will feel whether the protective film is there; even if the film is there, there's a circular hole in the middle for the actual camera lens, so it shouldn't be impacting image quality. I've noticed that using the default settings the camera tends to use a pretty slow shutter speed. Since you're basically holding a small, thin rectangle in front of your face without a lot of holding area to keep it steady, it's quite likely you're moving the camera slightly as you take a picture and with a slow shutter speed you'll get motion blur from the camera movement. I haven't tested all the modes to see which ones prioritize shutter speed, but sports mode does speed up the shutter speed, so I'd suggest trying it next time. You could also try "best photo" mode, which will shoot 8 pictures after you press the shutter button, then select the best from among those. Finally, if you select your own ISO setting instead of leaving it on auto, when you push it to higher numbers you'll get a faster shutter speed, but at the cost of more noise (grain) in the picture. Another way to get sharper pictures is to force the flash to fire, which may help "freeze" any motion, although I'm not sure this will work with the LED light from the phone as compared to a "real" flash unit, which typically fires for only a few thousandths of a second. Finally, you could stabilize the phone/camera by taking pictures with the bottom of the phone resting on a table top or some other stable surface.
Originally Posted by DaBone82