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  1. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

  2. gordo

    gordo Member

    Yea I've been wondering the same thing. I can't seem to figure it out anybody got any ideas?
  3. TigerC10

    TigerC10 Member

    You have to root it to do that, because of privacy issues. (As someone had once told me - not sure if this rumor is true) some states have banned the sale of digital cameras and/or phones that can disable the "shutter" sound. The reason why being privacy, if you are taking pictures of someone without their authorization - the shutter sound alerts them.
  4. PyroSporker

    PyroSporker Well-Known Member

    Seems like not allowing it to be muted easily is a conscious and purposeful choice by Motorola for specific reasons. It is a 'feature' of many/all Motorola phones. Seems really annoying more than anything.

    After searching around a bit, you can try to turn down your ringer and media volume controls to 0 before going into the camera application and it should not make the shutter noise anymore. This seems to work for some Motorola phones but not all.

    If that doesn't work then you can try a third party volume control application that has more options than the stock controls (example: system volume, and alert volume, etc.). See this post from the Droid-X forum for one option:
    Here is another one someone mentioned: Android Market: Volume Control by Revso

    You can also use a third party camera application that has the option for turning off shutter noise. 'Vignette' is one of many popular stock camera application replacements, and it should have this option.

    And last but not least like TigerC10 said, it can be removed or edited via adb once you have root access available.

    Unfortunately none of these solutions are easy or elegant.
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  5. jakobe

    jakobe New Member

    That is total bs.

    I dont not believe that there is a "law" that bans the sale of cameras that dont have a shutter sound.

    (in just a few years kids wont even know what a shutter sound is, kinda like using and old school phone symbol as your phone icon...who the heck has a phone like that anymore)

    You can photograph folks all you like without their permission.

    It only becomes illegal depeding on the methods used and the areas you photographed these people in. And then more issues arise when you try to profit from said images without consent, compensation or model releases.

    snapping a pic of a hot girl on the street while shes not looking is not illegal. (unless its an upskirt shot or obtained in an area where she believed she had a reasonable right to privacy)


    oh and btw I dont know how to turn mine off either and YES it is very annoying.
  6. Glod

    Glod Active Member


    #$%@ this phone needs to be rooted, i got my donation money ready!
  7. Whiskeypawz

    Whiskeypawz Well-Known Member

    :D WAAAY too funny!!

    I find it quite annoying myself, especially bec it's so loud. I've had "dumb phones" before that allowed you to even change the sound of the shutter when you hit the button. I don't even see that option. Is there an app for THAT??
  8. djmiked

    djmiked Member

  9. Skrillex

    Skrillex Well-Known Member

    Can not find a way to silence the camera shutter noise?
  10. Whiskeypawz

    Whiskeypawz Well-Known Member

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  11. Bek

    Bek Well-Known Member

  12. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much for posting this. I was searching for a long time to just find an app that will silence the camera and could not for the life of me find the right one. I like this because it just integrates with the OEM camera app (or so it seems).
  13. Whiskeypawz

    Whiskeypawz Well-Known Member

    No problem! I accidentally found it in the Amazon app store when I was looking for something else & tried it to make sure it would work on the Photon. That was about a week ago & I meant to post about it but forgot. Glad the OP brought it up!
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  14. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Great accident to stumble upon! I gave up searching because there were so many apps that were just replacement cameras, which I didn't really need. I wanted to be able to just unlock my phone, press the camera button down, take a picture and be done with it (without the shutter sound).

    I tried this right now and the first time, I opened the app and it took a silent picture no problem. Then, I tried opening the camera through the camera button and it didn't seem to shut off the camera sound...but I tried again, and the 2nd time it worked perfectly. I'm going to leave my phone alone for a while and try again later on in the day and report back if it integrates well enough to recognize the silent shot with the OEM camera all the time from this point on.
  15. PyroSporker

    PyroSporker Well-Known Member

    I came across this one when I was doing my in depth research of this "problem". I decided not to post it based upon the attitude of the application creator which I read in some forum, the horrible reviews it got in the marketplace, and the unnecessary seeming permissions for internet access. It seemed so hit and miss and all around janky. Also I couldn't determine if it really worked with the stock application without downloading it, and I wasn't about to do that plus I don't even have a Photon. The pictures provided on the market show some generic camera application so I figured it was not well integrated.
    If it works for the Photon well then that is just great for everyone.
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  16. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Reporting back again today. App worked perfect for silencing the shutter still! Turned on the camera using the dedicated camera button, camera opened up, took a quick shot...no shutter sound!
  17. khaag27

    khaag27 Well-Known Member

    My camera doesn't seem to be taking the best pictures. Is there a fix for this? They look all distorted.

  18. clgwli

    clgwli Well-Known Member

    What do you mean by distorted?

    I had an issue trying to get a bright blue dragon fly in a dark area. Not totally pitch black but because I was trying to zoom in and not scare the bug away it came out all blurry. I gave up. The flash wasn't powerful enough from the distance I was standing and I had too much phone shake to get it right.

    The rest of the photos I have taken were good for a cell phone. Not outstanding or as good as my regular camera, but they were decent.

    Even a water fall I took a photo of that had crazy amounts of very dark and very light areas along with moving water fall came out good. It was hard to get the photo since the sun was reflecting on the very bright moving water in only some spots (poking through trees) so even in real life it looked super bright. It was nuts in that area - very dark or extremely bright. Didn't seem to be much in between. The picture may look unnatural but it wasn't far off. I think if we went later in the day there would have been more general overhead sunshine that wouldn't have given crazy shadows. The phone did over expose a little on the water fall, but admittedly it was very bright due to the reflection.

    I am only attaching the waterfall since the other photos I have area of my family and I don't want to share them ;)

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  19. busted bones

    busted bones Well-Known Member

    I would definitely agree that for a cell phone this camera is great. How exactly do you mean distorted btw? Do the pictures actually seem like there is curvature to them that isnt really there or is the color off or is it possible that parts that seem like they should be in focus are out of focus?

    If youre getting visual distortion that is leads to the picture seemingly to bend when it shouldnt(I forget the actual term for this) its caused by either a defective lens or scratched lens cover. Color distortion may be caused settings that are off for some reason. And the last one, its a physical limitation of these cameras where the foreground will be in focus but the background is blurry and vice versa.

    There are some good HDR photo apps out there but most only work in good lighting situations.
  20. wynand32

    wynand32 Well-Known Member

    Okay, so, I got my Photon replaced yesterday for wonky vibration, and that's working as it should. And, the phone doesn't have the same creakiness as the previous one, so that's a plus.

    However, I now find that this one has a rattle that I've narrowed down to the camera. Basically, if I shake the phone (lightly) towards and away from you with the phone (not side to side, if you get my meaning), then there's a rattle in the general vicinity of the camera. The clincher is that there's an audible click when turning on the camera, and the rattle is no longer there. Turn the camera off, and the rattle returns.

    Anybody else have this? I'm guessing it's the autofocus mechanism engaging, but I wouldn't have expected it to be loose when it's not turned on. And, I don't remember my previous Photon doing this. If all Photons have this, no biggie, just want to make sure I don't end up with a problem later.
  21. Skrillex

    Skrillex Well-Known Member

    I hear it but man... you are being kinda picky aren't you? Who cares?
  22. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me

    Don't hear it.
  23. wynand32

    wynand32 Well-Known Member

    Now, why would you feel the need to say that I'm being picky? Didn't you read where I said it's no biggie if all Photons have it? My concern, of course, would be that there's a flaw in my phone that will cause problems sometime down the road. You know, as in a loose part that will eventually stop working?

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  24. clgwli

    clgwli Well-Known Member

    I don't hear it either. Sorry about that issue popping up especially after just replacing the phone. I'd be annoyed myself.
  25. khaag27

    khaag27 Well-Known Member

    Mine makes this noise too. Wonder if its a defect?
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