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Samsung SPH-A940 Auto/Manual Focus

My wife has recently decided to upgrade her Sprint PCS phone. She had her heart set on the Samsung A900, which looks like the Razr, and the Samsung A940. At first she picked the A900, brought the phone home and realized that with the 64MB built-in memory and no memory card slot, she wasn't going to take too many pictures with it and still be able to play her favorite MP3's.

So, today, she traded the A900 in for the Multimedia Phone MM-A940. I came home, saw the phone, and became quite excited. This phone has a 2x optical zoom, 2 megapixel sensor, and auto-focus. Plus, it's got a whole assorted fun camera effects. And I haven't even started looking at the camcorder functionality. I'm almost tempted to get this phone as well.

So far, every single function works as expected, but I couldn't quite figure out how auto focus and manual focus works. The shutter button is a two-stage button (I think). In manual focus mode, both stages fires the shutter. In auto focus mode, the second stage fires the shutter. I think the first stage is auto-focus.

I think because it doesn't seem to work. With auto-focus on, I try but the phone doesn't seem to be auto-focusing. I have used a lot of cameras before, but I have to admit this is the first time I've used a camera phone. Is this normal on this phone?

Plus, if I turn auto-focus off, how do I manually focus the lens? Is it even possible? I read the manual that came with the phone, but it emphasizes on the phone functionality. The section on the digital camera part is fairly useless.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 9 Mar 2006 20:05:16 -0800

Ok, it turned out that the brand new A940 camera phone that my wife brought home from Best Buy is defective. She took it back today and brought back another A940. This one was able to auto-focus just fine. The focus mark will flash red and white until focus locked on red. And you can hear the auto-focus motor whine. The optical zoom function also works on this new phone.

Still don't know how to manually focus the lens when auto-focus is turned off though . . .

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 11 Mar 2006 00:12:37 -0800

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