Dedicated Camera button help

LegacyEvoAce

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There were a few videos before the phone came out that showed people clicking on the camera button from standby(blank screen) and it would load the camera app so you could immediately start capturing photos, yet when I do that on my phone it does nothing? Was this removed prior to the phone launching? Or is there an option for it, or is my phone just not working properly?
 

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i dont know anything about that and i cant remember if i heard that or not. i just keep the camera app as one of my lockscreen apps so when wake up the phone, i can just load up the camera without having to completely unlock my phone.
 

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Are you doing a long press of the camera button? You have to press the button all the way down and hold it for two seconds. Works on my EVOLTE like a charm.
 

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Are you doing a long press of the camera button? You have to press the button all the way down and hold it for two seconds. Works on my EVOLTE like a charm.

Did you need to change any settings for this to work? Because a long press on mine does nothing. I thought I remembered this being a feature as well.
 

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No one else has this issue?

maybe that was a feature of the early prototype they gave to people but took it out for the final version. i agree with the poster above, i wouldnt want it to turn on in my pocket. i'm fine with having the camera shortcut on the lockscreen.
 

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So it takes pictures of your pocket? No thanks...a swipe of the camera button into the unlock ring works for me

-Sent from my US Customs Edition EVO 4G LTE-

Much like every windows phone out right now, you have to hold down the button for about 2 seconds or so before it goes to camera.

The camera button on the Evo is not nearly as flush as some of hte windows phone so maybe it was activating too easily.

Who knows.
 

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Does anyone know if there's a way to make the camera focus when you half press the shutter button on the edge of the phone, it seems like there's a small "gap" when you press it half way which should be auto focus.
 

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Does anyone know if there's a way to make the camera focus when you half press the shutter button on the edge of the phone, it seems like there's a small "gap" when you press it half way which should be auto focus.

The purpose of the half press in higher quality cameras is to freeze the aperture and focus so the photographer can reframe the shot keeping the same initial settings.

To demonstrate, try this... Center your camera on a bright area and half press. While holding the half press move the camera to a much less bright area. Now release the half press and notice how the aperture now adjusts to the change in brightness. This allows a photographer to have control of how lighting effects his image. The half press works the same way for focusing.

A real shutter button with a functional half press is an absolute necessity for a photographer who knows how to use it. All pro quality camera shutter buttons work this way.

One of the differences in this camera vs a DSLR is that this camera is in constant autofocus.
 
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The half press doesn't override autofocus on my mine, it freezes the focus and aperture just as it should.

You are absolutely correct. I even just tested it. What is missing is what everyone expects- which is a visual lock indicator (usually a green bracket or something) and an audible lock beep. Since both are missing, it is natural to assume the half-press is doing nothing. I have to agree with people who want some type of audible/visual feedback.

I have a feeling these will be added, or at least as an option, with an update, because it really is crazy to be missing (what were they thinking).
 

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You are absolutely correct. I even just tested it. What is missing is what everyone expects- which is a visual lock indicator (usually a green bracket or something) and an audible lock beep. Since both are missing, it is natural to assume the half-press is doing nothing. I have to agree with people who want some type of audible/visual feedback.

I have a feeling these will be added, or at least as an option, with an update, because it really is crazy to be missing (what were they thinking).

Agree, I hope they fix that soon because it is misleading. Sometimes the camera doesn't refocus fast enough on the subject if you move so you have to tap on the screen to tell it 'hey refocus there', I would be hoping that the half press button would replace the annoying screen taping
 

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