How To Enable Tracking Autofocus On Samsung Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus

We continue the series of articles about the great features that the Samsung Galaxy S8 camera brings with a special focus on the… camera tracking autofocus. Thanks to it, taking photos of moving objects just became infinitely easier. With its help, one can simply target a subject and “instruct” the camera app to focus on it even as the subject moves or the shooting composition is adjusted.

If you have some knowledge about photography, in general, you must know that this is a feature specific to some DSLR cameras but smartphone cameras cannot really brag about it – except, of course, for Samsung’s latest flagship, Galaxy S8.

In case you didn’t have the chance to test it so far, it’s because the tracking autofocus isn’t enabled by default. In order to use it, you will have to tweak the settings of the camera app and find the tracking AF option. You’ll see, it’s incredibly simple and you’re only a couple of seconds away from taking crazy snapshots of your most adventurous friends on the move!


To enable the Tracking Autofocus on your Samsung Galaxy S8 camera…

  1. Launch the Camera app – you can do it from the App drawer, from the Home screen, or even from the Lock screen if you have its shortcut in there;
  2. Then, tap on the top left icon to access the Settings of the Camera app;
  3. In the list of options, identify the one labeled as Tracking Autofocus;
  4. Tap on its controller to switch it from Off to On;
  5. Leave the menus and get ready to take some pictures.


To use the Tracking Autofocus with your Camera app on Galaxy S8…

  1. Launch the Camera app;
  2. Pick your photo subject and aim the device at that person;
  3. Tap on the subject’s face;
  4. You should see a yellow box showing on the screen, a telltale that you have the focal point selected;
  5. Take the photograph with that part of the scene remaining in focus.


Now go to the Gallery app of your Samsung Galaxy S8 or just tap on the photo preview icon from the bottom of the camera app’s screen to check the photo you just made with Tracking Autofocus.


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