The TRUTH about the camera bug on the Motorola DROID

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The TRUTH about the camera bug on the Motorola DROID
Earlier we posted an article based on information provided by Tech Crunch saying that the a simple "lens cleaning" will get rid of those pesky autofocus problems. We're not sure if that will work or not...but we have been made aware today of the real reason behind the autofocus problem, and how it all has to do with the date on the phone. It appears that there is an underling bug in the camera app that will cause it not to focus based on the date, and it has a cycle of 24.5 days. We tested this on our Motorola DROID by setting the phone's date to 11/11/2009, and the camera would not focus properly and would show the red bars. We then change it to today 11/17/2009, and the Autofocus worked just fine with green bars showing. Then if we place the date for the end of December, the red bars are back and the autofocus once again has problems. This is truly one of the weirdest bugs we've come across, and hope that the OTA firmware update scheduled for Dec 11th resolves this completely.

Motorola DROID Review | Specifications

source: Howard Forums

Here are two images we took inside (as it was raining) to try out the camera.
The first image (left) is taken with a date of 11/11/2009, while the next image (right) is taken with a date of 11/17/2009.
Both had the Focus set to Auto (not Macro).
As you can see, the second image is clearer and in-focus, while the first image is not.

The date related bug has also been confirmed by Engadget.



1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

that is a strange bug.

5. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

awfully odd

2. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Very strange.

6. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

tremendously troubling

3. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

strange indeed. i've never noticed whether it focuses or not since i have my focus set to infinity. my pictures always come out fine.

7. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

colossally confounding

4. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

perhaps setting the date to day..then set to infinity focus..perhaps the fix??

8. seebeatty

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 21, 2008

I find that I work better if I focus on today too,... and this phone is smarter than me, so I'm certain it knows that too

9. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I thought pj would for sure be yelling about how fast this was fixed

10. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

off topic, droid is amazing on wifi who ever hasn't tried it stop by a starbucks or mcdonalds and try your droid on wifi

11. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Oh that's right, you VZW people aren't used to wifi. WELCOME... to the future!!!... er past, sorry.

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

yes it is.

13. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

do a test with a blackberry or iphone vs droid on wifi and youll see what im talking about

14. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

hova what do you have against verizon? your always bashing on us vzw subscribers

16. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Because you're all over their wang in EVERY thread. It's ridiculous. They aren't perfect, nor have they ever been, and I just like to let you jockey riders know so. You'll bash any other carrier/iPhone to no end, but when your own carrier does anything wrong you can't handle any criticism and think outside the box to understand other commenters reasonings. You're a pack of followers.

18. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

I have never gone into a iPhone article and bashed it. Sure we just got phones with Wifi but we have been able to send Picture messages forever ago. Its not like Wifi is really used that often with a phone anyway. And yes I do follow...the best phone company. Are you saying your a leader because you own an iPhone. If anything iPhone owners are the biggest followers.


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

You the fanboys do the same or even worst against AT&T and the iphone, remember your CDMA obsolete network was the starter in this stupid network war, when AT&T was the number one carrier never was a negative ad to VZW, other carrier like Nextel had a comercial about the push to talk and the big red responded crying like a little bitch cuz their PTT service was called useless, u may don't remember that like other fanboys does when it comes to big red bullshit...!!!!

22. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

Of course AT&T never ran a negative add. They couldn't have. The negative ad has to be true or its slander. Of course if they could they would attack right back but they can't and that is why they are suing. Verizon is smart and showing how AT&T is not worth going to just because of an iPhone. They are not attacking the iPhone at all they are attacking AT&T. Even in a commercial they say how cool it is but its crippled by AT&T service. I will admit I am a fanMAN because I am a fan of verizon. My first phone was on Sprint and the service and coverage was horrible so I switched to Verizon. I have never tried AT&T due to not being in my area but my sister does and when she visits from Minneapolis she has maybe 1/2 of her calls come through and her interet is slower than dialup. I won't have that problem virtually everywhere in the US. The iPhone is a good phone but until it is on Verizon count me out.

23. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

If I said I was a leader I said I was a leader but I didn't say I was a leader so I didn't say I was a leader. First of all you're far from the only person I would be talking about. Secondly, you make my point BLINDINGLY clear with your response. Nothing but fanboy fluff all over your comment. Thanks for providing some backup for my response. Much appreciated.

24. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I bet your talking about me, right hova? Well your right I love bashing at&t and the iphone. :-)

25. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

And what would you call yourself but an iPhone fanboy? If your not a leader your a follower and you my friend are a follower just like everyone else. Again I am not afraid to call myself a fanman because I am a fan of Verizon because they have always been good to me and had great service. I am also a fanman of best buy, the buccaneers, the phillies, and the U. I am fans of things that I like however just because I am a fan does not make me bias. AT&T doesn't have service here so I don't get it. If they had as much service as Verizon I probably would be on AT&T for the iPhone when it came out. I owned an iPod Touch but I sold it once I got the Droid because it was basically the same thing. If you can't admit Verizon is a better company than AT&T you are the biggest fanboy possible.

26. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I hate both equally so what's that make me then smart guy.

27. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You have to hate one more than the other...

28. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Pretty easy to hate them both equally.

29. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

That's what you all a hater. Lay off the hateraid


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

VZW is not the best, and will never be with that obsolete 90s network...!!!


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

The iphone is not coming to VZW at least in 3 more yrs, despite what the paid fanboys like you or VZWman have on their wet dreams lol, check this out the first LTE chipset will be available for massive production by the end of 2010....make the the next year is almost imposible a LTE handset is ready not even from Apple..!!!!

32. scroffy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

dogie really is an irrational child.

33. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

I could care less if the iPhone isn't coming to Verizon I would rather have the Droid right now. I had a iPod Touch. It was nice but if you added a phone it didn't make it too amazing. The droid is just as good as the Touch was which is the iPhone without the phone and the phone is the worst part of the iPhone on AT&T. If it isn't the best network what is. CDMA is cheaper to run and one tower covers the same amount of area as GSM. By the way you can't make math you can do math but not make unless you have come up with some new postulate. LTE is much closer to being done for Verizon than AT&T and I will guarentee that the iPhone is at Verizon quicker than 3 years but I still won't buy it because they haven't updated the device. Phones have caught up with it now and soon it will be obsolete unless they start production on a totally new phone. I would be pissed if motorola kept release the exact same droid with new guts. Come on change it up a bit.

35. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

okay now leave the starbucks or mcdonalds and try the wifi.................... no signal right? NOPE theres no signal, wifi useless i'll just stick to the reliable guarateed 3g instead. Wifi to me is only useful on very if the cant pay your bill and your service get interupted then you can go to Starbucks or Mcdonald a fake the funk like your phone is still activated other than that USELESS pointless only reason verizon is starting to do it cause people keep crying for it just because. wifi schmifi

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