How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S5 Macro Focus Problem

Samsung Galaxy S5 Macro Focus Problem
Samsung Galaxy S5 Macro Focus Problem

The Samsung Galaxy S5, which is full of innovative features, attracts the users because of its camera also. The camera of Galaxy S5 is 16 MP, which can capture very clear, bright and high-quality pictures. Besides other features, the camera itself is packed with many options, including macro shot using which the users can take a focused shot of a subject from a very close range. This feature is very helpful for those who love to take close shots of flowers, insects, and any other subject you are interested in.

The macro shot is a perfect feature that Samsung has added in its Galaxy S5 for the photography hobbyists. But this feature is turned off by default so, in order to use it, you have to turn it on. It may also be that your Samsung Galaxy does not focus properly, which make it difficult for you to take close-up moments.

Many of you may think that it’s a Samsung Galaxy S5 Macro Focus Problem or the camera is faulty, but the real cause is a simple misconfiguration that can be fixed following some simple steps.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Macro Focus Problem
Samsung Galaxy S5 Macro Focus Problem

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Steps To Fix Samsung Galaxy S5 Macro Focus Problem

To check if this is the case:

  • Open the camera app on your Galaxy S5
  • Touch the gear icon which is located at the top in order to access the Settings
  • Find Selective Focus and disable this option
  • This option is responsible for this Samsung Galaxy S5 Macro Focus Problem and does not allow the camera to focus sharply when capturing a close shot

Follow these steps and you are done.

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  1. Okay the macro on this camera is incredible! Here’s how to make it work! Forget all of those posts about turning off stabilization and selective focus. Your S5 has a widget for macro photos! I found it completely by mistake. Here’s how to use it:
    1- Long tap on the home screen or any other screen where you would like to place the widget.
    2-Below the screen will be the following choices: Wallpapers,Widgets,Homescreen settings. Tap Widgets.
    3- Browse through widgets until you see Magnifier
    4- Add the Magnifier Widget to your Homescreen and begin using. You will get amazing results IMMEDIATELY!
    5-Enjoy taking REALLY close up photos!

    1. This may be helpful for some but it’s just digital zoom – you can do that with the camera.
      I need the sharpness of native resolution in focus, that’s why I still carry my Note II along with my S5.

  2. Even after disabling the selective focus, it’s still not that that good, especially when compared to the S3 macro setting which allows macro shots of small type, such as ingredients on many products.

    Plus, at least on Verizon, they no longer show a red or green circle letting you know if it’s in focus or not. Very irritating.

    1. Okay the macro on this camera is incredible! Here’s how to make it work! Forget all of those posts about turning off stabilization and selective focus. Your S5 has a widget for macro photos! I found it completely by mistake. Here’s how to use it:
      1- Long tap on the home screen or any other screen where you would like to place the widget.
      2-Below the screen will be the following choices: Wallpapers,Widgets,Homescreen settings. Tap Widgets.
      3- Browse through widgets until you see Magnifier
      4- Add the Magnifier Widget to your Homescreen and begin using. You will get amazing results IMMEDIATELY!
      5-Enjoy taking REALLY close up photos!

          1. I’ve scoured the internet for a fix because I used to use macro all the time and couldn’t believe that it got dropped. This is incredible, it does work, and well. It drove me crazy to see a perfectly focused macro shot that would then suddenly become of focus due to the phone controlling the focus. How hard really would it be to simply add macro to all the other options, and this magnify is the macro. So silly, but thank you for discovering this.

          2. Me too. I’ve been in IT for 15 years and over the passed several years my near vision has gone down hill. Since I don’t always have a pair of reading glasses handy, I’ve used my phones macro camera to cheat while trying to read the tiny labels for serial numbers, MAC addresses etc.

            Things I used to be able to see perfectly… take a macro snapshot and v`iola

      1. Just saw this. Thank you so much! I had seen that widget before, but just thought it was a standalone magnifier. As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, the s5 camera macro option works very intermittently and nowhere near consistent, even though it states “select object less than 1.5 feet from phone”, which does work, but mainly for objects and not tiny fonts. Thanks again!

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