Galaxy S4 Auto focus camera problems

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So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

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3.4.0-2048698

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4.3

Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?
 

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What happens when you tap on an area when taking a picture? Does the box show up? Anything of that nature?

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So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

Kernel version
3.4.0-2048698

Android version
4.3

Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?

When it doubt. Factory reset. If that doesn't work, warranty.
 

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So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

Kernel version
3.4.0-2048698

Android version
4.3

Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?

Wish I could help, I feel I've been experiencing trouble with the camera focus since updating to KitKat especially when using timer mode.
 

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Us Canadians in the great white North haven't got the KitKat upgrade yet, at least officially :) So not much I can offer for assistance.
But I will say this. We may have to wait longer, but we get a solid upgrade with little to no issues, where I notice providers in the USA
rush and there always ends up being massive problems
 

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I have the same issue, only got the phone yesterday, 2 factory resets, cleared cache nothing. Whats happening is when i select the camera app, on the screen is perfect picture for 1 second then goes blurry, taking it to samsung warranty centre so i will update.
 

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I have the same issue, only got the phone yesterday, 2 factory resets, cleared cache nothing. Whats happening is when i select the camera app, on the screen is perfect picture for 1 second then goes blurry, taking it to samsung warranty centre so i will update.

My problem is happening when I use the rear facing camera, with flash and timer. When I hit the button to take a picture the camera will first flash then start counting down to take the picture afterwards the picture is super dark, almost completely black.
 

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So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

Kernel version
3.4.0-2048698

Android version
4.3

Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?

Have you tried Settings >> Metering Mode >> Matrix ?
 

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Sanjay is right. Had same problem. open camera app, menu/settings/metering mode/matrix . Thanks Sanjay, that was driving me nuts. Supposed to be one of the best cameras on a phone, i was really disapointed.
 

Kishan Kudia

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So my Galaxy s4, the stock camera app wont auto focus. I have tried to download another camera app and that didn't help. I have cleared the cache for the app itself and I have put my phone into recovery mode and cleared the cache there. Anyone know what is up with this thing? It ticks me off.

Kernel version
3.4.0-2048698

Android version
4.3

Can anyone help me figure out the problem here? And how to fix it?

Even I'm facing d same problem some one please help
 

trishaloha

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Have you tried Settings >> Metering Mode >> Matrix ?

Thank you ever so much, both for the original question here & this perfect solution.

I've struggled with this same focusing issue for too long now--I also have a Benign Essential Tremor which makes taking any picture enough of a struggle without issues such as this. I've tried other settings, and I've contacted support, to no avail--was actually reduced to tears earlier trying to take some important pics, yet the camera kept going in & out of focus as usual; it shouldn't be that difficult to take a decent, properly focused photo.

Thank you again, so very much--I've re-taken those pics now, and they look fantastic even with my tremor! Very happy:)

Sincerely, Trish
 

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Almost sorry to report this: after trying what you good people have suggested (for the same auto focus problem) to no avail, I let the farmer in me have a shot. I tapped the phone against a piece of soft pine, in this case on the sides of the phone, and it came right back into focus. Hope it helps someone, I doubt it is a long term fix and probably will replace the camera module.