How to Use Galaxy S9 Camera Tracking AF (auto focus)

The shiny, new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are the hottest phones of the moment and I see no change for the next days and weeks. After months of anticipation, the phones were finally revealed at MWC in Barcelona and they can be found on store shelves, so you are lucky in case of already owning the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at a new guide on how to make the most out of this new Galaxy S9 device. Taking photos of a moving object has always been challenging, yet Galaxy S9 Plus offers camera tracking AF (auto focus) for all its users to get better photos of moving objects.

Great photography should depict more than a simple scene, in order to tell a larger story by creating a sense of place and movement that makes you live the moment again and again. Whether you are trying to snap a shot of your kid doing his special salsa moves, a pet playing with the new toy, or a bird soaring through the sky, being able to capture that sense of movement will lead to a more engaging final product and your Galaxy S9 will not disappoint you.

How to Use Galaxy S9 Camera Tracking AF (auto focus):

  1. First of all, go to Settings;
  2. While here, you can toggle the Tracking AF switch to on;
  3. Now, feel free to tap the object on which you want to focus;
  4. Up next, tap the shutter button to take a photo or the recording button to record the video;
  5. If the object is moving, Galaxy S9 will automatically track the motion and adjust the focus accordingly in your photo or video.

The Tracking Auto Focus mode lets you focus and track any moving object, yet I also have to warn you about the fact that AF (auto focus) can fail to track an object in certain conditions: if you are shooting in a dark place, when the object is too big or too small or simply moves excessively or when colors or patterns on the object and the background are the same, not to mention that the result is disappointing if it comes from a handset that shakes excessively.

And no matter what you have in mind, the camera tracking AF (auto focus) feature only works with rear camera. Sorry to disappoint you on that, but it is better to know it from the start!

For more detailed guides on how to use the camera of your Samsung Galaxy S9, please check the how-to guides pages or ask for our help.

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