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Shake your Samsung Galaxy S8 to help its camera focus properly

Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship has camera focus problems
Samsung Galaxy S8
As strange as it may seem, Samsung recommends a "gentle tap to the back" or "a small shake" of their Galaxy S8 to those who complain that their phone's main camera is taking blurry photos and has problems focusing.

Although the Samsung Galaxy S8 does not come cheap, it does not feature a dual camera setup. However, even its 12 MP main camera is enough to help it rank pretty high when facing other flagships. After all, its main camera features optical stabilization, it has a wide aperture of f/1.7 that lets in more light, and we are not even talking about the size of the image sensor or the pixel size.

Unfortunately, it looks like the main camera of the Galaxy S8 has been causing some problems to a few users. By the looks of it, many Galaxy S8 users have been facing this kind of problem since the launch of this flagship. The description of these problems reveals that the camera is trying to focus and refocus continuously without success, ending up with very blurry photos. This happens in the camera app, in apps such as Snapchat, and it affects both photo and video shooting. To make it even worse, even using manual mode does not help.

A moderator of the Samsung Community US forum replied to the users who reported the issue described above, giving them a list of five things to try. Four of them are software-related:

  • check for an operating system update and apply it if available
  • check for all apps to be updated and update those who aren't 
  • clear the cache of the phone
  • clear app caches and app data

The last solution is... interesting. This is it: "Give a gentle tap to the back of your phone or give it a small shake. Nothing violent, it won't take much." Is there anything else to say? Just be sure not to be aggressive to your phone. With all the AI spinning around in most of the flagships on the market nowadays, your phone might file a lawsuit against you for wrongful treatment some day.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11-29 (Update: 2017-11-30)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.