Samsung Attacks iPhone Camera, Then Admits: Galaxy S5 Has Fatal Camera Flaw


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Time for some Friday Samsung funnies. Yesterday, the South Korean company launched a new Galaxy S5 ad targeting the iPhone 5s. The new ad below says the Galaxy S5 camera “snaps photos with twice the resolution of the iPhone.” Check it out below:

That’s pretty impressive, because the higher the megapixel count means better images, right??? #sarcasm

Fast forward to today, and Samsung has now admitted its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone has a fatal camera flaw in a ‘limited number’ of units, reports The Verge:

“We have learned that a limited number of Galaxy S5 devices may have an issue that causes ‘Camera Failure’ pop-up error message.”

Droid Life reported on the issue earlier this week, which cited even multiple factory resets did not solve the problem:

As reported by a few owners, operation of the Galaxy S5 seems fine at first for a few days, with the camera working flawlessly. Then, with no real cause for error, the camera app shows a “Warning: Camera Failed” message. After that message appears, the camera will continuously force close and becomes inoperable, even after factory resets.

One owner took his device back to Best Buy, where a Samsung Experience employee reportedly flashed binary files to the device, with that still not fixing the problem.

Oh, Samsung. Does this qualify as Galaxy S5 ‘cameragate’ or not?


  • “That’s pretty impressive, because the higher the megapixel count means better images, right???”

    I’m hoping this is a sarcastic statement.

  • Yes it is

  • Ah, good to know. It sounded like it, but I wasn’t sure. It’s sad how many people do think that higher megapixels means it’s a better camera.

  • noobkiller

    higher megapixel does mean it’s a better camera you noob.

  • Haters gonna hate

  • matt

    Karmas a bitch, eh Samsung?

  • It’s one factor that plays into the quality, but it’s not at all the measure of camera quality. That’s like saying the car with the fastest top speed is the best car.

    It depends what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a smooth ride, a quiet ride, better fuel economy, more cargo space or a number of other things that most people are primarily looking for in a car, then you would be smart to not to make your purchase decision based mostly on the vehicle’s top speed.

    Also, most people are never going to reach those speeds, so why would you make that a major factor in your purchase? It’s the same with megapixels. There are many other factors that play into the quality of a camera, they’re just harder to advertise in a way that people can understand. Megapixels are easy to advertise, because it’s a number. But just because the number is higher, doesn’t mean it’s a better camera for you.

  • iFone

    Exactly! If you want speed, what are you doing looking at a car? Get a fighter jet. Period.

  • FragilityG4

    Their sensor isn’t bigger so the higher megapixels are almost moot.

  • RyanC

    This issue has been around Since the S3. Good to see that finally took notice and admitted the issue, even if it took them over two years.

    They say Camera failed with a black screen and then crash. No way to repair them from my experience. Including changing the cameras. And its always the Rear camera as well. I’d never dealt with a Galaxy that had the issue with the front.

  • DeathProxy

    I have nothing against iPhones, but the the Galaxy S5’s camera sensor is bigger at 1/2.6″ vs. 1/3″.

  • FragilityG4

    But not big enough to make 16mp worth it

  • DeathProxy

    Have you seen demos and reviews of the Galaxy S5’s camera? Images from both look good, but you can zoom in more on the Galaxy S5’s images.

  • Guest

    I don’t know why my reply disappeared, but here it is again:
    Have you seen demos/reviews of the Galaxy S5’s camera? Images from that look just as good as the iPhone 5s images. Also, you can zoom in further with a 16 megapixel image than an 8 megapixel image, while still maintaining a clear image.

  • frank

    Call me a blonde and this joke went over my head or maybe I’ll understand it and laugh when iphoneincanada’s article “Apple Launches Free Fix for Broken iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Buttons ” is removed lol… Both cases a bad parts were used… I guess iphone and Samsung are laughing at each other lol

  • Joejo

    The facts are, Samsung spends more money on marketing than any other company in the WORLD. Their camera error has existed since the Galaxy S3 if you are not aware. I’m not surprised they screwed S3/S4 owners and finally admitted to fixing this for S5 owners. What a joke of a quality control Samesung has.

    Antennagate? that was overblown, apple offered up free bumper cases to EVERYONE. I’d like to see Shamesung do that.

    Bottom line, Samsung can’t innovate, has to desperately copy Apple time and time again. Example? Their horrible fingerprint sensor which was added on like an afterthought and slammed by every single tech reviewr.

    Don’t be so blinded fandroid. Samsung just releases 100s of plastic cheap devices and sees what junk sticks to the walls.

  • Joejo

    Lol come on now…this Samsung error was first reported all over the ANdroid blogs and Samsung only responded because it gained publicity…horrible comapny.

  • deepen915

    cameragate? so they made millions of phones and a few are defective? WHOA!! end of the world guys!

  • deepen915

    how is it not? I have yet to have any issues with taking pics on my S5!

  • GalaxS5

    The Galaxy S5 is like that kid in high school who tries soooo hard to make friends with his parent’s money and nobody likes lmfao