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    When I turn on the macro mode (close up), if the camera can't detect "close objects" , it won't focus.


    Macro mode off



    Does you Lumia 920 act like this?
    It won't happen on Lumia 900, if you turn on the macro mode on Lumia 900, it can still focus.

    Thank you very much


    EDIT: How do I remove the attached photo??
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    Mine does this, when on close up setting. but why would you have it set on close up if you were taking pictures at a distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nzrocketman View Post
    Mine does this, when on close up setting. but why would you have it set on close up if you were taking pictures at a distance.
    Because I thought it would take better pictures in macro mode, just like the the Lumia 900
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    Hi. I test and realized that If you set close up setting in the lumia 920, you should take very near object in 15cm. If you take the picture of objects over 20 cm distance, it will become blur and cant catch focus.
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    Yep... Close-up Mode acts as a focus limiter. Your focus range is in the neighborhood of 6 inches to one foot away from your subject.
    Designed to be more accurate and quicker on focusing on objects close up.
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    My wifes Lumia 920 seems to have this issue as well. Though I have checked the settings and it is not in macro mode. It just cannot obtain proper focus. When you half press the camera button to focus it will adjust, come into focus for a brief instant, then return to blurry. When you take the picture it stays blurry as well. My 920 does not have this problem. The pictures from our phones look about as different as the two example pics at the top of this thread. Is there any known (fixable) issue with the camera not focusing, or do I need to take this back and get a new one?
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    I have same issue.... will send back to Nokia next saturday. I have two 920 (black and white). The black one is not working at all.
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    I have an even worse problem...no matter what I do...it looks in great focus on the screen, but as soon as i snap the pic...it's all fuzzy and washed out...everything on auto in flourescent lighting....just looks blah. my iphone 5 took much better pics...I'm wondering if I'm screwing something up or got bad hardware...
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    Instead of a new thread I'll continue with this and add to the above poster post.

    I was quite annoyed on the weekend trying to take pics of my daughter in a winter wonderland. Lots of overly soft after the shot but sharp in focus preview. What do you guys think of the attached comparison?

    I half pressed the camera button to focus, grabbed a screenshot then took the picture. I didn't let go of camera button from screenshot so it should be representative of what I'm experiencing. Though I'm not sure the screen shot is representative of what it actually looks like on screen...



    Last edited by anthonyng; 01-07-2013 at 01:55 PM. Reason: Added pictures
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    Quote Originally Posted by EG8196 View Post
    Because I thought it would take better pictures in macro mode, just like the the Lumia 900
    You can't stand far away from the subject when taking macro shots with the L920, but you can really get up close and capture insane amounts of detail which is the point of macro anyway.

    Check this out if you're interested in macro photography with your Lumia 920:

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    When I get "too close". It doesn't focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttsoldier View Post
    When I get "too close". It doesn't focus.
    Then you are to close ;) You have to find the right balance...see here on my macro shots I've done.http://sdrv.ms/RCz1IU
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyng View Post
    Instead of a new thread I'll continue with this and add to the above poster post.

    I was quite annoyed on the weekend trying to take pics of my daughter in a winter wonderland. Lots of overly soft after the shot but sharp in focus preview. What do you guys think of the attached comparison?

    I half pressed the camera button to focus, grabbed a screenshot then took the picture. I didn't let go of camera button from screenshot so it should be representative of what I'm experiencing. Though I'm not sure the screen shot is representative of what it actually looks like on screen...

    https://ytsqpg.bay.livefilestore.com...30105_0002.png

    https://xfebfq.bay.livefilestore.com...130105_035.jpg
    Huh what are you talking about? The full res picture below looks fantastic on my desktop monitor. The screenshot above is just low res and not good. Problem with people comparing the focus preview is that they are comparing the 8MP image on their 1MP phone display. When you do that, sometimes worse quality 1MP image can look "sharper" than scaled down 8MP image due the renderer favoring the 1MP "naitive" image. This topic comes up repeatedly here. A big camera FAQ should be created for this and other "issues" that people write about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyng View Post
    Instead of a new thread I'll continue with this and add to the above poster post.

    I was quite annoyed on the weekend trying to take pics of my daughter in a winter wonderland. Lots of overly soft after the shot but sharp in focus preview. What do you guys think of the attached comparison?

    I half pressed the camera button to focus, grabbed a screenshot then took the picture. I didn't let go of camera button from screenshot so it should be representative of what I'm experiencing. Though I'm not sure the screen shot is representative of what it actually looks like on screen...
    I thought the large shot was overall fair. A little soft but a clean shot with good light balance. Snow shots are tough. Worst thing is lack of detail in the trees. Too much compression going on here for me, but perhaps I'm too used to RAW files from my DSLR.
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    Not sure I understand the complaint.
    Macro mode limits the focus for MACRO shots. How is this a defect? Even another poster claiming they will return this phone because of this?
    Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TK2011 View Post
    Huh what are you talking about? The full res picture below looks fantastic on my desktop monitor. The screenshot above is just low res and not good. Problem with people comparing the focus preview is that they are comparing the 8MP image on their 1MP phone display. When you do that, sometimes worse quality 1MP image can look "sharper" than scaled down 8MP image due the renderer favoring the 1MP "naitive" image. This topic comes up repeatedly here. A big camera FAQ should be created for this and other "issues" that people write about.
    I guess I failed to express what I wanted to say. People can get thrown off cause the preview, just before the shot can look quite crisp and neat. Taking a screenshot of that preview doesn't show this. Basically the live view often appears nice and crisp yet you get a bit softer image. This is more an observation rather than a complaint on my end.

    And yea, snow shots are annoying and tough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Ponder View Post
    Yep... Close-up Mode acts as a focus limiter. Your focus range is in the neighborhood of 6 inches to one foot away from your subject.
    Designed to be more accurate and quicker on focusing on objects close up.
    Is the focus also diasabled with "smart shoot"? And if yes, do you know why?
    thank you
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    My wife bought a Lumia 920 a week back. I was really really impressed about the quality of photographs especially in low light.
    She got some updates and one of that was assumed to be software update for camera, after that the phone camera lost its ability to focus sharp. when you do the half press, I can see while it is 'looking for the right focus' it focus for a split second then becomes out of focus, so when it takes the photograph it takes the blurry picture.

    I'm a quality assurance engineer who deals with video, imaging, cameras, etc everyday - so I can guarantee you I'm not wrong.
    Please fix!!!!

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    Isn't it weird...when macro photo actually is macro photo on a phone?

    It's easy, macro is closeup of an object, not to far away yet not to super close.
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    I am using Lumia 920 as well and I noticed the same problem with the pictures since I bought the phone. Pictures taken for near objects, up to half a meter away are clear, crisp and well-focused; those taken for further objects are blurry and unfocused. I don't know what is causing the problem since I see a very clear picture, for a split second on the screen while autofocusing, but then what eventually stays on screen and is captured is the unfocused one. It is really annoying and there is huge difference in the quality of the pictures taken with my previous N8 and the Lumia 920. Please let me know if there is way to fix it.
    Many thanks
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    OK, people, please give YOUR HEAD A SHAKE!

    If you're in MACRO mode, it means the focal range is LIMITED - close shots.
    If you take a regular photo (e.g., Portrait 10 feet away), it will be blurry BY DESIGN.

    It's not a defect, there's nothing wrong with your camera! Don't return the phone.
    Sit down, boil some water, make yourself a tea. :)

    If you want REGULAR focal ranges, just change the mode from macro to any other relevant mode (e.g., DEFAULT/AUTO).
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    I have this problem where if I set the camera to night mode and take a daytime picture, it is too bright. I am returning the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun Gm View Post
    My wife bought a Lumia 920 a week back. I was really really impressed about the quality of photographs especially in low light.
    She got some updates and one of that was assumed to be software update for camera, after that the phone camera lost its ability to focus sharp. when you do the half press, I can see while it is 'looking for the right focus' it focus for a split second then becomes out of focus, so when it takes the photograph it takes the blurry picture.

    I'm a quality assurance engineer who deals with video, imaging, cameras, etc everyday - so I can guarantee you I'm not wrong.
    Please fix!!!!

    -varun

    This is exactly my problem as well. It tries to get a focus lock, but never does. The resulting picture is a little out of focus. I find that this tends to happen more when trying to take pictures at a distance -- over 50 feet. Yes, my setting is on Auto, not close up. Even then, once in a while it does get a focus lock.

    I tried a friend's Lumia 920 this week, and it didn't seem to have the problem. I will probably try to get my phone switched. In the meanwhile, I'd recommend the CameraPro app, which allows you to manually focus to infinity. The pictures come out really sharp when I used it.
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    The phone is not set to the macro mode when taking pictures, but to auto focus, so it should focus properly to non near objects!! If some phones have this problems while others don't then there are some faulty handsets, for one reason or another, and they should be returned.

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