1. davybhoy's Avatar
    Hi guys. I have a problem with my Galaxy S5 that is driving me nuts! I did quick search on here but only find people posting about picture blur but my issue is different.

    Basically my camera can't focus on anything more than about 7" away! It used to work (I got it on launch day), but I noticed a short while ago that it won't focus. I've tapped the screen to try and get it to focus and tried downloading photo taking apps but nothing can help. I have tried messing with all the settings, resetting the camera settings and even did a full factory reset! I went to EE store and they said they can send it away but it would take 2 to 3 weeks and I would have no phone which I couldn't do without (Who could though?). I love this phone and it's my first Samsung after always using iPhones but this problem is driving me nuts!

    Can anyone think what is wrong or of a fix?

    Regards

    Davy
    01-12-2015 02:23 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! A few things to check:

    1. Make sure the camera isn't set to Macro mode (usually a flower icon), which is specifically for very up-close shots. This can make it difficult to focus on anything that isn't very close to the lens.

    2. I'm sure you've already done this, but make sure the lens is very clean.

    3. The autofocus mechanism is one of the very few moving parts in a phone (the other usually being the vibration motor), so it's possible it may have failed, especially if there were any recent drops or trauma.
    01-12-2015 11:02 PM
  3. davybhoy's Avatar
    Hi. I was led to believe that the Galaxy S5 doesn't have macro mode? I looked for a flower icon and don't see one and yes, I checked the lens is very clean. It has been dropped 2 or 3 times but not enough to have caused any damage to the phone or screen. I guess that mean that the focus must have had it then
    01-13-2015 10:39 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Sorry, I'm just guessing about Macro mode--I don't have an S5 to test it out myself.

    Have you tried any 3rd party camera apps?
    01-13-2015 06:18 PM
  5. davybhoy's Avatar
    Sorry, I'm just guessing about Macro mode--I don't have an S5 to test it out myself.

    Have you tried any 3rd party camera apps?
    Yeah I tried 1 and the first time I tried it it worked, but then never worked again. I regularly try resetting the camera settings and the odd time the camera works but then if I exit the camera and go back in, it doesn't focus again.
    01-14-2015 03:37 PM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    How about 3rd party cameras?
    01-14-2015 06:15 PM
  7. davybhoy's Avatar
    How about 3rd party cameras?
    I don't understand what you mean by this?
    01-16-2015 03:19 PM
  8. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Have you tried installing a 3rd party camera app like Camera Zoom FX or VSCO Cam? I'm just wondering if the problem lies with the camera software (although it's unlikely).
    01-16-2015 06:06 PM
  9. davybhoy's Avatar
    Sorry for the delay in replying. I tried Camera Zoom FX and it too made no difference I hate not having a camera. I don't use it often but I can take a pic of nothing at the minute unless it's 3 inches away
    01-19-2015 03:14 PM
  10. B. Diddy's Avatar
    At this point, I'd either talk with your wireless store or with Samsung about repair or replacement. It should still be under warranty.
    01-19-2015 05:18 PM
  11. davybhoy's Avatar
    They want to send my phone away and leave me without a phone for 2-3 weeks! Brilliant!

    Thanks for all your help
    01-23-2015 11:04 AM
  12. P_Devil's Avatar
    Talk to your wireless carrier and see if they can at least give you a loaner phone for that time. Verizon had to do that once for me when my iPhone 5 was acting up (actually refusing to connect to 4G LTE unless I reset it). Apple sent the iPhone 5 off for repair but I went through Verizon for the loaner.
    01-23-2015 12:59 PM
  13. cardboard60's Avatar
    Take your fingernail and go over the camera Lens. There is a piece of plastic from the factory !
    You got to really dig to find it.
    01-23-2015 03:51 PM
  14. Detectionable's Avatar
    Take your fingernail and go over the camera Lens. There is a piece of plastic from the factory !
    You got to really dig to find it.
    There was a piece of plastic over my lens when I first got the phone, but it had a cut-out where the actual sensor needed to look out from, so it didn't affect the photo quality or cause any issues to the camera while it was still on
    01-23-2015 05:52 PM
  15. Krack-Berri's Avatar
    My camera hardly ever focuses too, not as fast as my other iphone 6 tho :L
    01-26-2015 08:08 PM
  16. davybhoy's Avatar
    There's definitely no plastic covering the lens and the camera used to focus so that can't be it.

    I spoke to EE in their store and they said they would lend me a phone but it was going to be the cheapest piece of crap around that only calls and does txts!

    I should just throw it against the ground so I can claim on my house insurance!
    01-29-2015 01:03 PM
  17. Detectionable's Avatar
    Id just send it off for repair, you'd have it back by now if you'd sent it off when you made the thread
    01-29-2015 01:17 PM
  18. karasahin's Avatar
    The S5's camera is mediocre at best........



    Laughable...........
    03-23-2016 07:37 PM
  19. Fajar Kurniawan2's Avatar
    Hi guys. I have a problem with my Galaxy S5 that is driving me nuts! I did quick search on here but only find people posting about picture blur but my issue is different.

    Basically my camera can't focus on anything more than about 7" away! It used to work (I got it on launch day), but I noticed a short while ago that it won't focus. I've tapped the screen to try and get it to focus and tried downloading photo taking apps but nothing can help. I have tried messing with all the settings, resetting the camera settings and even did a full factory reset! I went to EE store and they said they can send it away but it would take 2 to 3 weeks and I would have no phone which I couldn't do without (Who could though?). I love this phone and it's my first Samsung after always using iPhones but this problem is driving me nuts!

    Can anyone think what is wrong or of a fix?

    Regards

    Davy
    I have that problem too,has you solve that?
    07-11-2016 05:37 AM
  20. Dajoca2014's Avatar
    This sounds stupid, but try shaking the phone. I read it on another thread and It works for me. It's as though the AF jams and shaking it helps to release it.
    08-27-2016 01:54 AM
  21. Wasome15's Avatar
    Shaking the phone actually worked for me...
    09-28-2016 04:32 AM
  22. GonzaloNovoa's Avatar
    Dude it worked for me!, Thanks a lot!!
    01-08-2017 12:59 PM
  23. Alex Amanci's Avatar
    incredible, I did not think so ........ I hit the phone with my palm a few times and it worked )

    THANK YOU Dajoca2014
    You're cool
    02-07-2017 03:01 PM
  24. belal ahrar's Avatar
    Hi may phone galaxy S5 in focus mode can't detect the Subject please say me what is the reason???
    05-22-2018 06:27 PM

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