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[Poll] How often do you take Live Focus pictures on your Galaxy phone?

Samsung was a bit late to the party in putting dual cameras on its flagships, but it didn’t take away the fact that the dual camera setups on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones are extremely useful. The second lens at the back makes it possible to shoot close-up pictures of a subject and take Live Focus pictures in which everything behind the subject is out of focus (called bokeh in photography terminology).

The zoom function (yes, it’s not true optical zoom, but you do get closer to what you’re trying to capture without having to physically move towards it) is more useful (and underappreciated) in our eyes. Most of us here at SamMobile rarely use their flagship Galaxy S or Note for Live Focus pictures. And that’s what brings us to today’s poll: We want to know how often you, our readers, use Live Focus.

So, without further ado, go ahead and vote in the poll below, then take to the comments section to give us more of your thoughts on the matter.

How often do you take Live Focus pictures on your Galaxy phone?

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SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I use it more than I thought I ever would especially when I’m with my daughter but Samsung does have to improve it on the front facing camera to the level of the Pixel 2 or 3. I used the pixel 2 front facing camera on my Note 8 for normal selfies and portrait. Unfortunately it doesn’t work on my Note 9. These are one of the few things I miss from Note 8. That and the camera interface.

keithsanantonio
keithsanantonio

I do have issue on Live focus and second camera of Note8. I feel the shutter vibration when i switch to Live Focus. Also when i just use it in taking regular photos, when i zoom it it, there is a shutter sound amd vibration. The image is distorted or blurry even in good lighting condition. I dont dropped my phone yet or any accidental fall. I think there is a hardware problem.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I use it all the time. As you may know I am a new Samsung user with S9 plus. Previously I had the iPhone 8 plus for just one year (iOS is terrible, you can’t do anything with it and could only design our optician app with Android!) and before this I had LG V20. The Live focus on this phone is excellent. It has much better detecting of the edges than the iPhone which sometimes was a big mess. I stopped using it. Just to add that night photographs are much better on S9 plus than on the iPhone… Read more »

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s fantastic, I do use it sometimes, occasionally a lot depending on the subject. It’s probably the best available on a phone and it sometimes has produced a better shot than my Nikon DSLR in some situations. Far better than the implementation on other phones, the iPhone for example is particularly bad, it can’t distinguish the background half of the time on my sister in laws X.

Samarasx
Samarasx

I have taken many DSLR-grade pictures using my Note 8. Live focus is the best camera feature samsung has introduced so far.

Steve Holtz
Steve Holtz

Disagree. You could use pro functions and get the same results since,off, idk? My Note 2? addons from Galaxy App store like gif (since S5 –introduced as new with the Note7 cause it came baked in rather than downloading) and SurroundShot are my two unique and useful stock camera functions, but again, have been an ability to bake-in since the S5 or S4 with a quick add-on download. I love Samsung products, but they’re the worst at coming up with new gimmicks quietly, abandoning it, then doing it better for an out-of-the-box user. I thought we used Android to make… Read more »

ostryx16
ostryx16

It used to work better in my note 8, than in my note 9.

Steve Holtz
Steve Holtz

I’d be interested to see the comparisons before I blindly down vote this comment.

Yousef206
Yousef206

It needs alot of work tbh iphone implementation is light years ahead

Gunter2
Gunter2

I think you are wrong my friend. I came from iPhone 8 plus to S9 plus. The S9 plus is much better. The iPhone was really bad at detecting edges all the time. The Photos in the low light condition is also much better on S9 than the iPhone. I think the dual aperture wit the f1.5 option is making a big difference. and on iPhone you cannot change anything. It doesn’t have any real professional mode. You have to download outside apps just to get controls that aren’t as good as on the Samsung phone.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Amen to that. My sister in law gets good focus pics only occasionally on her iPhone X, most of the time there are artifacts all over the shot. She is also not happy that after more than a year, both her daughters can still unlock her phone with Face ID. Machine learning my ass! Lol.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Haha! Very funny. My wife does also have iPhone X and our daughter who is 10 years old and my wife’s sister , they look alike but are not twins, her sister is 2 years older, both of them can unlock her iPhone with Face ID though her sister has to turn her face a little to the side. My daughter just opens it easily. We have tried to re register my wife’s face and not let our daughter use it for a number of weeks to see if the phone will learn her face better, but then when we… Read more »

Steve Holtz
Steve Holtz

No biometric is secure, especially in regards to your 4th Amendment rights. Truly randomized alphanumeric with special characters or gtfo

Steve Holtz
Steve Holtz

If you actually used pro mode you wouldn’t use live focus. Don’t fake the funk, homie. If you did, you’d know LiveFocus or Portrait Mode are both garbage.