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My Pixel 3 camera keeps having focus issues in the camera app. The image will appear to take a long time to lock focus with the focus oscillating on the screen. It also takes a lot longer to capture HDR images and Night shots compared to my partners Pixel Xl2 1 Recommended Answer 289 Replies 473 Upvotes
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Hi Simon,
When this focus issue occurs, are you tapping on a point in the viewfinder to lock the focus or just using the area-wide autofocus? Does this happen with the rear camera or the front camera(s) - or both? Does the problem continue while booted into Safe Mode?
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I'm having a similar issue. Tap to focus. General focus. Thank camera just doesn't work anymore
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Same here..I get a wobbly effect across the screen and it has a really hard time focusing on things the closer I get. It may be something to do with image stabilization?
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I am having the same issue. The camera has trouble focusing and constantly 'jerks' the shot to try to focus even on basic scenes.
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Wanted to reconfirm what everyone else has said...

I bought a Pixel 3 on my Project Fi account not long after the Pixel 3 came out in early Nov 2018.  Within a few months I was having problems with many things, but the camera was the one that drove me crazy the most.  I cleaned it, I ran it in safe mode, I tried different camera apps, all to no avail.  It was part of what finally forced me to file a claim with Google to get a replacement, which ultimately they did in early June 2019.  And things worked great for a while.

Now it is December 2019, not even half a year later, and the camera is constantly stuttering to focus again.  The charging station doesn't work well (which by the way there is a solution to - the ridiculous USB C charger collects lint like your bellybutton, but no where in the documentation does it say anything about cleaning it.  Just clean it out with a non-metal stick like a toothpick or the end of a zip tie.  It worked for me - advice from the similarly frustrated Pixel 3 users over at Reddit). I hate this phone so much.  I bought an expensive phone explicitly so I wouldn't have to deal with dumpy phones dying on me after a couple years, but this thing can't even make it half a year, and I paid $850 for it!  Explain why the expensive phone works more poorly than the cheap ones?

I don't know if this is planned obsolescence that went sideways way too early, but I am clearly not the only person who has had problems.  What am I supposed to do, file a claim with Google every six months?  This is ridiculous...
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