Point and shoot cameras are slowly disappearing in the market due to advances made in the camera technology of smartphones. The #Samsung Galaxy #S5 for example makes use of a 16MP rear camera that comes with several features such as f/2.2, 31mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, and HDR. For those who love taking selfies then the 2MP front camera has you covered. Pictures taken by this model look simply amazing that they are usually superior in quality than those taken by compact cameras.
There are however instances when camera issues can occur in this device. For this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Galaxy S5 warning server error occurred, restart camera issues & other related problems.
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S5 warning server error occurred, restart camera
Problem: It says “warning server error occurred, restart camera. ” then shuts off back camera works fine, only front/selfie camera has this problem
Solution: Several other owners of this device have been experiencing this same problem that your phone has. Samsung has previously acknowledged that this issue exists in a limited number of early production units. The problem is with the Read Only Memory ( ROM) that stores the information necessary to operate the camera.
Before troubleshooting make sure that your phone is running on the latest software update. Start the troubleshooting by clearing the cache and data of the camera app. If the problem still occurs then start your phone in recovery mode then wipe its cache partition. You may need to do a factory reset as well from the recovery mode if the problem persists. Make sure to backup your phone data before doing this.
If the problem still remains then you should contact your carrier regarding this matter or bring your phone to an authorized service center and have it checked.
S5 Not Focusing On Close Objects
Problem: My phone almost always never focuses on objects that are close range (example, snapping a receipt). I often would focus on something like my shoes to get it in focus then shift back to the receipt and play with it some more before I can get the receipt in focus.
Solution: For focusing related problems the first thing you should check is the camera lens. If the lens is foggy o has some dirt present then this may cause the device to have problems focusing. If necessary, you should clean the camera lens with a microfiber cloth or lens paper cleaner.
Another factor that can cause this problem is your phone case. If your phone is using a case then try to remove it then check if the focusing problem disappears.
Moving to the software side, a corrupt data within the camera app can also cause this type of issue. You should clear the cache and data of the camera app then check if the issue gets resolved.
There are also instances when a third party app you installed can interfere with the phone camera. To check if this is what’s happening you should start your phone in Safe Mode. In this mode only the pre-installed apps are allowed to run while apps you downloaded are disabled. If the camera focuses properly in this mode then the problem could be caused by an app. Find out what app this is and uninstall it.
If however the problem still occurs even in Safe Mode then I suggest you backup your phone data then do a factory reset as this problem may be caused by a glitch in the phone software.
S5 Does Not Focus On Macro Shots
Problem: I’m kind a photograph nut and especially macro photos of small weird things….. insects,etc. The S4 was amazing with these kind of pics. So S5 comes out with better camera so I get one and agree… nice camera except for the macros. It just does not focus as well or as fast. I know this is minor problem compared to all the others you deal with, but irritating. Any thoughts? I did call samsung and they had me wipe the cache. .. no help.
Solution: Just like the previous issue you should first make sure that the camera lens is clear. Since you already wiped the cache partition of your phone the next step to do is to backup your phone data then do a factory reset.
S5 Black Screen When Using Snapchat
Problem: When I go on snapchat, the camera is black for both ways. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling and restarting my phone. However, no change. My friend who also has this phone (Samsung Galaxy S5 mini) has the same issue. What do I do to get my camera showing on snapchat again?
Solution: Several other phone owners are also having this very same issue. This appears to be a bug in the app itself. Try switching between different connection modes (Wi-Fi and mobile data) and see if the problem disappears in one of the modes. If the problem dissapears then this may be a connection related issue. If however the problem persists then you should contact the app developer regarding this.
S5 media server failed camera needs restart
Problem: Front facing camera doesn’t work. It says “media server failed. Camera needs restart”. I don’t have an sd card and i cleared the cache.
Solution: If clearing the cache fails to resolve the problem then I suggest you backup your phone data and do a factory reset. If the problem still persists after this then this could already be hardware related. I suggest you bring your phone to an authorized service center and have it checked.
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