Mild mechanical sound when using the camera



  • I have a Samsung S10e, with android 11.

    Whenever I use the camera, I hear a very mild sound that appears as if it were produced by an actual mechanical displacement of parts, not coming from the speaker. It is similar to the (old) point-and-shoot cameras when autofocusing.

    1. Is that possible?
    2. If so, is there any way of confirming this?
    3. If the sound is "mechanical", is that normal/expected, or is it a sign of something wrong (even if perhaps not serious)? (see link below)

    Notes:

    1. Shutter sound and Vibration feedback are set to Off.

    2. Sounds are produced, e.g., when I:

      • activate the Camera app
      • exit the Camera app
      • open settings in the camera app (with the cog)
      • exit settings in the camera app
      • change mode (photo, video, more, etc.)
    3. Sounds are not produced when I take pictures

    4. If I shake the phone I hear a mild noise as well (not exactly the same). It is louder if I shake it up and down, than if I shake it left-right. Perhaps related to https://www.samsung.com/latin_en/support/mobile-devices/do-you-hear-a-small-noise-from-inside-of-the-device-when-shaking-your-galaxy-phone/ , but not sure...

    5. Some people noticed similar clicks https://eu.community.samsung.com/t5/galaxy-s10-series/s10-clicking-sound-when-opening-camera-app/td-p/2039101 , https://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-note-5/736517-camera-making-weird-noise.html and https://www.valuewalk.com/2019/03/clicking-noise-from-galaxy-s10-normal/ , not sure it is the same. Not sure if the S10e is expected to make that noise.

    6. https://www.reddit.com/r/galaxys10/comments/b0acad/comment/eidhv2z/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 warns about upcoming failure.



  • I confirm I could see a sort of a shutter opening and closing (but not fully) whenever the click is heard.

    I am not sure if it is "likely the aperature of the adjustable lens adjusting for the current light in the shot." https://us.community.samsung.com/t5/Galaxy-S-Phones/camera-lens-click-noise/td-p/472792 , or the OIS as linked in the OP, or...

    Hopefully it does not precede failure.


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