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Blurry close-ups on the S23

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Here at the Community, we’re quite obsessed with the cameras on the Galaxy S23. With a 50 MP main camera and 12 MP front camera, both enhanced with Super HDR to help you get the most epic shot. And Nightography’s enhanced AI brings out the details in low-light photos.

When you’ve been trying out the camera on your S23 or S23+, you might have noticed that, when you’re taking a close-up pic, the area around the object looks a bit blurred. This is because the rear wide-angle camera on the S23 and S23+ has a bright aperture, which helps when you take pics in the dark. But this also means that the more noticeable selective focus might make the background of your snaps look a bit blurred.

Samsung is planning to improve this with a future software update. In the meantime, if this is something you’re experiencing on your Galaxy S23 or S23+, there are a few things you can try:

  • Try taking the photo from a bit further away; if the object you’re taking a pic of is about 30cm away, move back by a handspan
  • Try taking the pic holding your phone vertically; if you’re holding your phone horizontally or diagonally, it might make the background look more blurred

If you’re using a Galaxy S23 Ultra to take a close-up photo, the camera automatically switches to the wide-angle camera and activates Focus enhancer to help prevent blurring. If you’re in High Resolution mode though, Focus enhancer isn’t supported, which might make the background of your close-up shot look blurry.

Have you tried the camera on the Galaxy S23 series? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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