How Do I Fix my Camera (S4) Response Time ?Support

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  1. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    I 've read the other threads on the camera and its slow response when you press the shutter. What I haven't read is the solution.

    I gave my mother my S3 yesterday and picked up the s4. The camera is horrible. Was there ever a solution to the slow response time?

    If there wasn't, I'm returning the camera and going back to the S3.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

  2. jejb

    jejb Well-Known Member

    My S4 takes pictures at least as fast as my wife's S3. Maybe you got a bad phone?
  3. icedtea

    icedtea Well-Known Member

    how slow?? i believe there's a little focus time before it can take the shot. . .
  4. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    Its not the phone. There's a lot of threads going on about the same thing. My wife also has an S4 and has been complaining to me for a while about it. I never realized how bad it is until I just got my own. My S3 was much more responsive.

    There is a gap in time from when you press the shutter and it actually snaps the picture. This takes place after the camera is focused.

    Full disclosure, I'm a photographer so please don't ruin the thread with information that you think you might know about shutter/iso/aperture.

    This has nothing to do with that. I'm just looking for a solution. I might return the phone and go back to the S3 or an I-phone if there is no remedy.

    Here's a thread that talks about the same thing.
    Galaxy S4 camera issues (shutter lag, etc) - xda-developers

    That thread sort of turned into a flame war. I'm not looking to do that, I just want a quicker responding camera.
  5. y2kgtp

    y2kgtp Well-Known Member

    I agree with the camera lag as well. My iPad Mini takes faster auto-focus and repetitive shots. Don't even mention the iPhone 5s I returned, that now had a really good cellphone camera.

    I try to make sure all the 'auto' stuff is turned off, and save to the internal memory. I have a class 10 as external, but I am thinking the internal should be faster.

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  6. GAWoods

    GAWoods Member

    Since you are a professional photographer I won't bore you about: shutter speed/iso/aperture and so on. But, you are talking about a phone that takes pictures as well as a multitude of other things. With that being said if it's pictures you want just use your camera.
  7. Colchicine

    Colchicine Well-Known Member

    No one posts on a forum looking for an answer like that. It does nothing to solve a malfunctioning device.
  8. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    the issue (or I guess biggest surprise) is that the camera on the S3 is superior to the camera on the S4. if I knew that, id probably not have gone with the S4. i just assumed it was a superior product since it is an upgrade and chose it for the better camera.

    yes..i know the camera on the S4 has more "features". but that's about it. megapixels mean nothing to me.

    the problem is not the end of the world . if there is no fix i'm going to go with the i-phone or maybe go back to another S3. I was just hoping to find a solution since I like everything about the S4 better....esp the screen size.

    the link I provided explains the issue far more in depth than I did here, but its the same issue. my issue has nothing to do with shutter speed it has more to do with response time.

    when you press the camera button on the S3 it takes the picture. when you press the camera button on the S4 it waits a second and then takes the picture. if you did not go from the S3 to the S4 you probably don't even notice. if you had an S3 you want to cry.
  9. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

  10. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    I tried it (a better camera) on burst mode and I guess it "might "be a little faster. most 3rd party solutions still lag on the shutter. even camera awesome which was developed by smug mug.....the hosting company for my photo site.
  11. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Just to clarify, which model of Galaxy S4 do you have and what firmware is it on?
  12. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    not sure about the firmware. when I go the keypad and type *#1234# nothing happens
  13. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Thanks! You have a Verizon handset. The *#1234# feature is just one of the many things that is disabled by the carrier on their firmware I'm afraid. AFAIK, Verizon have not updated to KitKat, Android 4.4.2, yet. I therefore cannot say if this has been fixed in their update. What may interest you though, is the free app from the Play Store... CamSpeed.

    CamSpeed is a camera performance benchmark for mobile devices.
    CamSpeed tests the performance of your mobile camera and publishes the results to the Sofica benchmarking database. You can compare the performance of your device to other users' devices and share the results on social networking sites.

    I'm sorry, I do not know what else to suggest as I am a, "Happy Snappy", and my camera on my firmware seems very quick.


    I don't know if these screenshots are of any use to you...

    CamSpeed using A Better Camera


    CamSpeed ranking of my camera


    This is the top 10 ranking phones according to CamSpeed. The Galaxy S3 does indeed come out well

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  14. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    thanks for the help.

    anyone know how long I have to decide if I want to get a new phone? I thought it was 30 days but i'm not 100%
  15. Colchicine

    Colchicine Well-Known Member

    Ganginwood, I also have a VZW S4 so I tried the CamSpeed app to see how yours compares to mine. Please post your numbers.

    I propped mine up so I would have no shake.

    Rank 357
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    Score with Flash 303

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    The comparison screen shows me at Rank 338 and Score 410. I don't know why there are different numbers there than on the text.
  16. kratos

    kratos Back on my throne!!! VIP Member

    I was told a couple weeks ago when I got my VZW GS4 that I have 30 days to return the phone with a $45 restocking fee and my mail in rebate would be voided (ie, they would cancel it before it got mailed out to me).

  17. jejb

    jejb Well-Known Member

    We have one of each, both on Sprint. No crying here. Maybe it's because we mostly use them outside in daylight for taking pictures, but the S4 performs great for me. And the picture quality from the S4 is far superior.
  18. Colchicine

    Colchicine Well-Known Member

    I got a friend with a VZW S4 to run the test as well.

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  19. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    what exactly is this testing? i have the results but they mean nothing to me. i would argue that it is by no means a superior camera if it can't capture what you want it to.

    here's a test I need someone to do.....

    go outside or in good light and have someone stand in front of the camera and make facial expressions. tell me if what you captured is EXACTLY the expression the person was making when you pressed the shutter.

    i've done this on four S4's yesterday and not one of them captured what i wanted it to. it was 1/2 to 3/4 of a second off.

    my S3 would nail this every time. exactly what the 21 page discussion was about in the link I provided above.
  20. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    my score was 393...whatever that means.
  21. Hawker

    Hawker Well-Known Member

    I agree with you. The S3 has a much superior camera compared to the S4.
    Most of my photos are blurry unless in excellent lighting conditions.

    You may find small improvements trying different camera software, but not great. As well as the stock camera I also have A Better Camera installed. May be worth trying.

    Personally, I think we are stuck with it. The only real hope is a camera firmware update, but I wouldn't be too optimistic about that neither.
  22. Ganginwood

    Ganginwood Well-Known Member

    I was hoping I just have a bad phone and could return it for a new one. I really do like the phone. But after using my wife's S4 and friends.... I've realized that their phones are plagued with the same issue.

    I can easily see where if you did not own an S3 why you might think the S4 is a better product. But for those that have.....
  23. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    I thinkthe fact that the S3 ranks number 8 overall and my S4 is coming in at 312 down the list, says it all. We can only but hope that the camera firmware for the S5 is better and that it is either used in the future S4 firmware updates or, for rooted users, can be ported across.
  24. Colchicine

    Colchicine Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter to me what the units of the numbers are. The idea is that if the app is consistent, that it would let you know if you have defective hardware. We've concluded, thanks to that app, that you do not.
  25. itsallgood

    itsallgood Well-Known Member

    So I just took some pictures of my daughter making goofy faces and moving around and I had no lag and the pictures were pretty sharp in low to medium light. (I used sports mode) The one thing that I have noticed with the camera is the auto mode isn't the best choice for all pictures and depending on the lighting and scenery, sometimes takes longer to focus. So I have found in low lighting situations, I have to change shoting mode and adjust some of the other settings too.

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