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Old September 27th, 2011, 03:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question S2 Camera - Spot Meter!

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I was taking some snaps with my S2 today and I was trying to spot meter on some bright lights so that I could expose for them and underexpose the rest of the scene. However, I realized that spot metering only works at the center of the screen. To my knowledge, the phone should spot meter at the point that I decide to focus on. When I tap to focus it should automatically spot meter on that region. That is how it works on my friends HTC legend and thats how it works on my Nikon D300s. Spot metering should be done based on the autofocus point but it doesn't work this way on my phone. I have to spot meter using the center of the scene, keep the shutter button pressed, recompose and then release to take a snap. Could someone explain why this is not working as it should or is this just samsung's weird implementation of this feature.

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Old September 27th, 2011, 05:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There is a setting called "metering" where you can adjust the type of metering you want. I had a play around with it and decided spot metering/point metering worked the best.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 10:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I guess my question wasn't too clear. i do a lot of photography so I know a fair amount about metering. My issue is that the S2 doesn't do spot metering like most other phones, point&shoots 7 DSLRs do. When im taking a photo on with metering set to spot, my S2 only meters off what is bang in the centre of the frame. It should ideally meter off the point where i focus on.
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Did you find a fix for this?
I have the exact same problem and it's a pretty major issue that's annoyed me since the day I got it.
It makes the camera unusable on a sunny day or where there are bright lights. If you don't have the bright part in the very centre, you're stuffed.
I wanted to get mostly sky with some ground say, but if you point at the sky, the ground will be black as you can't make it meter between the two.
My old HTC Hero adjusted the brightness based on where I tapped, it worked great.
I've tried other apps too, Camera360 and Camera FX Zoom - Neither of those do it either.
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Old October 16th, 2011, 07:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I haven't used it but have you guys tried vignette? It gets good reviews on the market.
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Old October 16th, 2011, 02:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the same issue. Before with my HTC the camera did the metering on the spot of the screen where I chose to focus...

Still haven't found a solution for it on the SGSII though
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have you found a fix on spot metering already?

it seems i cant find any fix on this.
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