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  1. meg2013's Avatar
    I have read a few posts about this, but I haven't seen anyone post a solution they loved.

    I adore my note 4, but I'm about to go exchange it for an iphone 6 (I know, I know). I love android and all the functionality, and the note 4 is great. But - I can't, for the life of me, get it to take good pictures of objects that are always slightly in motion - most specifically, my kids indoors. I have a million pictures with kids' faces blurry. I have tried sports mode. I have tried playing with the ISO. I have tried doing burst mode (helped a tiny bit). I am still just getting tons of blur. My phone camera is the primary camera I always have with me. I borrowed my mom's iphone 6 to see if it's just me, and I can get clear, fast pics, pretty much every time with her phone camera, no adjustment needed.

    Help me! I by far prefer the note, but if I can't get good pictures, it will have to go.
    12-11-2014 12:13 PM
  2. LaTuFu's Avatar
    Do you have HDR on or off when you're taking these shots?

    I don't know how to specifically answer your question, unfortunately. I started out having similar struggles when I got mine. But after downloading all of the available modes, and working with the camera frequently, I now get pretty solid results with it.
    12-11-2014 12:21 PM
  3. sanch3z90's Avatar
    Is this what you're talking about? If yes, the trick it to keep the phone steady in one position. Do not follow the moving object, the moving object pretty much has to pass/run in front of you, do not follow it tho.

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    12-11-2014 12:28 PM
  4. meg2013's Avatar
    No, I just mean when you are indoors (so no bright sunlight, I get good results outside!), and you are trying to get pictures of slightly moving objects in relatively low light. What can I do with the settings to make this better? I have tried HDR on and off.
    12-11-2014 01:04 PM
  5. fragologist's Avatar
    I have read a few posts about this, but I haven't seen anyone post a solution they loved.

    I adore my note 4, but I'm about to go exchange it for an iphone 6 (I know, I know). I love android and all the functionality, and the note 4 is great. But - I can't, for the life of me, get it to take good pictures of objects that are always slightly in motion - most specifically, my kids indoors. I have a million pictures with kids' faces blurry. I have tried sports mode. I have tried playing with the ISO. I have tried doing burst mode (helped a tiny bit). I am still just getting tons of blur. My phone camera is the primary camera I always have with me. I borrowed my mom's iphone 6 to see if it's just me, and I can get clear, fast pics, pretty much every time with her phone camera, no adjustment needed.

    Help me! I by far prefer the note, but if I can't get good pictures, it will have to go.
    I am having the same issue and so is my wife. I lobve this phone and taking pics isn't high on my list most needed features but it is for my wife. She loves the note but wants to switch back to iphone for the picture quality. I have downloaded every feature mode from samsung and tweeked every feature I can think and it takes blurry pics when anything is in motion, I hope a software update can fix this.
    meg2013 likes this.
    12-11-2014 08:07 PM
  6. fragologist's Avatar
    Do you have HDR on or off when you're taking these shots?

    I don't know how to specifically answer your question, unfortunately. I started out having similar struggles when I got mine. But after downloading all of the available modes, and working with the camera frequently, I now get pretty solid results with it.
    Please be more specific about the modes/settings you used. Thanks
    12-11-2014 08:08 PM
  7. NVNJ's Avatar
    Ok good. It's not just my phone. I'm with the op. I love this phone but it takes bad pics when anything is in motion even slightly. It's amazing how many great writeups this phone has for its camera. In my opiniom, it has got nothing camera wise on my old iPhone 5s or even my 4s for that matter.

    Also I thought this phone had image stabilization? If I take a pic of a still object and my hand isn't 100% still the pic comes out blurry.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    12-11-2014 08:23 PM
  8. fragologist's Avatar
    I read this about the galaxy s5...but this option does not exist on the note 4. Is there a 3rd party camera app with this feature?

    How to Fix Slow Galaxy S5 Camera Performance
    12-11-2014 08:29 PM
  9. NVNJ's Avatar
    Here's an example. Took a pic of my TV.
    Guy walking across is blurry.

    Also a car shot.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    12-11-2014 08:42 PM
  10. fragologist's Avatar
    Here's an example. Took a pic of my TV.
    Guy walking across is blurry.

    Also a car shot.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Same exact problem I have. I've tried it with HDR off and on. Even burst mode and still doesn't work. Apparently from the article I posted earlier, the image stabilization might be the problem...if that makes any kind of sense.
    12-11-2014 08:48 PM
  11. NVNJ's Avatar
    Same exact problem I have. I've tried it with HDR off and on. Even burst mode and still doesn't work. Apparently from the article I posted earlier, the image stabilization might be the problem...if that makes any kind of sense.
    Yeah maybe the image stabilization. It's like non existent. I did some research and it seems that this is a common issue with the Note 4. Curious if others watching this thread can chime in.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-11-2014 09:02 PM
  12. meg2013's Avatar
    Thanks all. At least I feel like I'm not crazy. I went to talk to the best buy guys about my problem and they were like 'but it's 16 mp.' It can be high mp but still have motion blur if the shutter speed isn't fast enough especially in indoor light. I just wish there were a good fix. I love everything else about it, and really don't want to be on iPhone, but....
    12-11-2014 09:13 PM
  13. NVNJ's Avatar
    Thanks all. At least I feel like I'm not crazy. I went to talk to the best buy guys about my problem and they were like 'but it's 16 mp.' It can be high mp but still have motion blur if the shutter speed isn't fast enough especially in indoor light. I just wish there were a good fix. I love everything else about it, and really don't want to be on iPhone, but....
    There is blur even with the slightest movement. That to me is a problem. A rather big problem. I need to find out if it's a Note 4 issue in general or only a select few. I'm going to follow this thread and reach out to Samsung in a few days if I can't get anything solid here.

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    12-11-2014 09:43 PM
  14. SteveISU's Avatar
    Very minimal on the Nexus 6
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    12-11-2014 10:22 PM
  15. George Collins1's Avatar
    Here's a test of the Note 4 vs IPHONE 6 cameras: http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-gal...-6-plus-lg-g3/

    You can try going into settings, and changing the ISO from Auto to 400 or 800. Depending on the metering mode you use, if there is a bright light source (like a TV screen) it can fool the auto ISO into thinking it's a brighter scene, but the shutter speed will be slow to try and capture the dark parts of the scene. This would result in blurred movement. Indoor pics can be tough even with high-cost camera gear, especially when it is pretty dark, has areas of high brightness and much darker areas in the same scene, etc.

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    12-11-2014 10:32 PM
  16. meg2013's Avatar
    Thanks georgecollins1. I tried those tricks, no luck. If something is completely stationary, it's fine. Or if it's bright light, it's fine. But get a moving child inside, and no way.
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    12-11-2014 10:37 PM
  17. dralex1981's Avatar
    The only way to eliminate motion with my 2 year old daughter in low light situations is to force the flash on. That works always. Like you said, there are no issues in bright light situations. When the flash is on, the shutter speed is significantly faster and there are no motion issues. Try this. It worked for me
    12-11-2014 11:15 PM
  18. muzzy996's Avatar
    Not sure if people realize this but essentially what is being described is the exposure programming's propensity to use shutter speeds that are too low to capture stop action in low light situations. The images in NVNJ's post in post 9 of this thread show no movement of the TV itself but obvious movement in the images the TV produces. This indicates the shutter speed was high enough to be stable for still shots (the TV isn't moving) but not high enough for stop action.

    As for the iPhone vs this camera its likely that if the iPhone is producing better action shot results in low light that its exposure metering is pushing higher shutter speeds which result in that stop action.

    Personally, I just don't reach for a cell phone camera in low light indoor shots for anything but stills/portraits. If I know I'm going to photograph action indoors I'll bring or reach for my DSLR, set the ISO to a high enough setting to give me a shutter speed of over 1/120 or higher and I'm good (unless its sports in a gym at which point I'll push to much higher shutter speeds).

    Not sure what the solution is for the Note 4. I poked around in a few camera apps and haven't found anything yet to gain full control over shutter speed which really is what is required to solve the issue people in this thread are having.
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    12-12-2014 12:25 AM
  19. triangle85's Avatar
    Camera is the only Note 4 dissapointment. I read tons on reviews before i bought mine but boy was i disappointed when i took first indoor shots of my daughter. My girlfriends iPhone 6 is much better at taking indoor photos. I hope they will fix it with future software.
    12-12-2014 05:24 AM
  20. NVNJ's Avatar
    Camera is the only Note 4 dissapointment. I read tons on reviews before i bought mine but boy was i disappointed when i took first indoor shots of my daughter. My girlfriends iPhone 6 is much better at taking indoor photos. I hope they will fix it with future software.
    It's mind boggling how the camera has received so many great reviews. It's starting to seem obvious that it's a camera issue and not just a select few phones. Hopefully we can get this corrected with a software update. I have a 2 month old and nothing and would like to capture some great shots of him.

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    12-12-2014 06:40 AM
  21. dpham00's Avatar
    Camera is the only Note 4 dissapointment. I read tons on reviews before i bought mine but boy was i disappointed when i took first indoor shots of my daughter. My girlfriends iPhone 6 is much better at taking indoor photos. I hope they will fix it with future software.
    Shouldn't be a surprise. I posted about my experiences when I got my phone back in October for this situation (low light motion). Burst mode helps to a point but for this situation, the 6p is a better choice.

    Now in ideal situations, outdoors with plenty of light and no motion, the note 4 takes excellent pictures.

    If you plan to keep the note 4,make sure it is focused on screen. If not,tap on the screen. Then use burst mode for lower light motion shots.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/sam...ion-shots.html


    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    12-12-2014 08:05 AM
  22. Almeuit's Avatar
    Shouldn't be a surprise. I posted about my experiences when I got my phone back in October for this situation (low light motion). Burst mode helps to a point but for this situation, the 6p is a better choice.

    Now in ideal situations, outdoors with plenty of light and no motion, the note 4 takes excellent pictures.

    If you plan to keep the note 4,make sure it is focused on screen. If not,tap on the screen. Then use burst mode for lower light motion shots.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/sam...ion-shots.html


    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    As dpham said the 6+ does take more consistent pictures without blur than the Note 4 but ... Remember nothing is 100 percent. In great light and without much movement it can take great shots. Lots of reviews don't take shots of their kids .. Rather lighting with various still pictures.

    I've a 6+ and a Note 4 and I can say the 6+ helps to eliminate blur on some of the photos I've taken (I snapped them and went "oh god they moved" then looked and the picture was without blur) but in some settings I have managed to get a blurry pic or two ... Not as often as my Note 4 ... But it has happened.
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    12-12-2014 08:20 AM
  23. dpham00's Avatar
    The other plus of the 6p is that burst is unlimited. On the note 4, limited to 30 shots.

    When used side by side even in broad daylight, burst on the 6p produces better clarity.

    Reviews probably don't review low light motion because it is hard to compare. They want to be able to get an easily reproducible shot.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    12-12-2014 08:22 AM
  24. meg2013's Avatar
    I am really torn. The camera is really the deal breaker on the note for me. I love everything else about it. Carrying around a dedicated camera isn't reaistic, although I know it would get perhaps the best photos of all.
    12-12-2014 08:51 AM
  25. dpham00's Avatar
    I am really torn. The camera is really the deal breaker on the note for me. I love everything else about it. Carrying around a dedicated camera isn't reaistic, although I know it would get perhaps the best photos of all.
    Same here. But the 6p didn't feel right to me. Don't get me wrong, it has a good camera, better than the note 4 and battery life is excellent.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    12-12-2014 09:05 AM
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