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iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro camera cannot focus up close

jin1212

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Nov 13, 2017
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Just got my iPhone 12 Pro and noticed there is an issue focusing objects up close. The object up close doesn't focus with auto focus or when I tap on the object. It will eventually work after multiple tries. Sometimes it flips between focus to out of focus continuously. I've never had this issue with my old iPhone 11 pro. Was just wondering if anyone experiencing the same issue or maybe I just got a defective camera.

I've attached a video below for reference.

 

soulreaver99

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Working fine for me
 

fnsroot

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Jan 14, 2015
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Cheers,

I have same issue; for some close objects it seems that the iPhone 12 pro struggles to get the focus right with the default camera app. Attached an example picture which took way to long to get it focused.

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vagos1103gr

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Jul 25, 2013
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Same here, I thought is problematic my device, so I erase it and reinstall everything but is the same
 

Samut

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Oct 1, 2017
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Have you tried how close you can manually focus?

I was thinking whether iPhone is trying to use lidar for autofocus and it might have some minimum distance?
 
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stoplis

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Aug 14, 2009
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I just did a test with manual focus in the Halide app and the minimum focus distance for the standard (Wide) lens is about 8cm. I then switched back to the normal camera app, held my phone 8-9cm away and if focused fine (I had to tap on the object to focus on it.

Make sure your subject is at least 8cm away and tap on the subject if it doesn’t focus. If it still doesn’t focus then you may have a problem, maybe it could be fixed/improved with a software update.
 
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jin1212

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Original poster
Nov 13, 2017
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Here is another video showing the issue. I believe the easiest way to replicate this is by moving away and near some texts. Comparing my old iPhone 11 pro with 12 pro side by side, you can easily tell iPhone 12 pro struggles to focus as you move closer to an object. I tried this with both the default camera app and ProCam, so it's not an issue with the stock app itself.

 

MrLatte

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Jul 23, 2002
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I noticed a delay in focus on the 2x camera if I look far off in the distance.
 

Antonino Lanzarone

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Oct 26, 2020
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Hi guys, I write from Italy, I am entering into this debate because I too have the same problem in my iPhone 12 pro, I tried to re-establish the telephone, but nothing has changed I think it is a hardware problem because some on-line recreens do not talk about this problem, what do you think? Is that a hardware flaw or a bug?
 

RocketFast

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Oct 8, 2018
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Bora Bora
Hi guys, I write from Italy, I am entering into this debate because I too have the same problem in my iPhone 12 pro, I tried to re-establish the telephone, but nothing has changed I think it is a hardware problem because some on-line recreens do not talk about this problem, what do you think? Is that a hardware flaw or a bug?
I personally think its a bug. Might be some conflict between the Lidar and the software itself. I doubt Apple would knowingly release the phone if it had a hardware issue like this.
 

Antonino Lanzarone

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Oct 26, 2020
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I, too, want to think it's a bug unless it's really a lot of sensors from the camera that you're upheld, I don't know if I should let it change from the retailer or wait for some update.
 

Snot Rox

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Sep 16, 2014
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I have this issue too. There is some focus breathing and then it fails to focus up close. Although if you switch to the ultra-wide or telephoto lens for macro shots, there isn’t a problem. Seems to be the only case with the wide angle? Hopefully a software update can address this.
 
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