The Samsung Galaxy S23 is a powerhouse of the latest smartphones. Still, one key feature that’s not meeting expectations is its low-light camera performance.
Capturing images and videos in low light has been tricky for many users with their S23. Its slow shutter speed makes it harder to get good results from the device when lighting levels are low.
In this article, we’ll look in-depth at why the Samsung Galaxy S23’s camera preview lags in low light and what it means for users.
Note: Solutions in this guide will work on any Samsung Galaxy S23 model (S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra models.)
Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S23 running Android 13. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.
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Why the camera preview lags on your Samsung Galaxy S23 in Low Light?
Most of the time, this is not actually a problem and is a common issue with many smartphones. Let us explain why.
The camera sensor requires some time to capture enough light to produce a clear image. If the light condition around the object is low, the camera needs to increase its exposure time to allow more light into the sensor, resulting in a slower capture rate. This increased exposure time can also cause a delay in the camera preview. And that is why you see a lag in the camera preview, of your Galaxy S23.
So is this what happens every time you see the camera lagging? Not really.
Software and hardware issues can also lead to a stutter in the camera preview. Software problems can be easily fixed by applying some solutions. But if the reason behind the lag is the camera unit, you may have to take your device to a repair center.
But before getting to that, let’s see what you can do by yourself to fix this problem.
Fix 01: Check The Light Condition
As we told you, low light is likely the cause of lagging on your Samsung Galaxy S23 camera preview. To test this theory, take the phone to an area with enough lighting and see if the lag persists. If it does not, then the issue is the light settings.
To prevent the camera preview from stuttering, switch to the Pro mode and try increasing ISO sensitivity or manually adjusting shutter speed settings yourself.
If it is harder to take shots because of the lagging, you can use a tripod for steadier shots or use burst mode, which allows multiple short exposures taken one after another resulting in better image stabilization results than taking by your hand.
Fix 02: Clean The Camera Lens
Cleaning the camera lens will help your device to focus more easily and reduce the lag in the camera preview. This can be done with a soft cloth like microfiber.
Start by gently wiping down your device’s front and back camera lenses. If there’s still dirt or residue present after that, dampen a corner of the cloth with some rubbing alcohol, then use it to wipe down the lenses again until they’re completely clean.
Once you have cleaned off any dust or debris from the camera lenses, open the camera app and see if it works.
Fix 03: Reset camera settings
If something is amiss with settings – such as incorrect exposure values or white balance settings, you can simply reset camera settings to bring their default values to fix the camera preview lag.
To reset the camera settings:
- Open the Camera app.
- Tap on the setting icon.
- Scroll down and tap on Reset settings.
Fix 04: Clear camera cache
Like the above solution, clearing your phone’s camera app cache can help improve camera performance and reduce lag time, as it will remove any stored data that is no longer needed or used by the system.
Here is how to clear the camera cache of your Samsung Galaxy S23:
- Open Settings.
- Tap on Apps.
- Select the Camera app.
- Go to Storage.
- Tap on Clear cache.
Fix 06: Do a software update
Now that the camera cache has been cleared. But if you still see the lagging, there is one more thing you can do before switching the camera apps (which have explained in the next solution).
The reason why we do a software update is to ensure there are no system bugs making the camera preview stutter. Real-time image processing takes some processing power. If the system interferes with that, it could result in a lag.
So, follow these steps to update the software of your Galaxy S23:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on Software update.
- Tap on Download and install.
Fix 07: Use a Third Party Camera App
If none of the above solutions worked, you can try a third-party camera app like the Open Camera to see if it is the system camera app causing the lagging camera preview.
Another plus point is that these third-party apps usually come with additional features and settings that allow users to customize them even further. You may find that these extra options give you more control over how your photos look and help reduce any lag or stutter during previewing.
We hope this guide helped you to fix the camera preview las on your Galaxy S23. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.
Have a nice day!