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Camera Problems I've had two of these with the same problem. Both the still shot and video cameras freeze up. Most of the time the still camera is with the phone closed and using the side buttons to take the photo, as with a portrait shot. The phone seems to do this quick screen blink where it settles the shot and readies itself for you to select whether you want to save or discard the photo. Most of the time the screen will move after this and say "Picture Capture Failed" and then the screen will get a green and red snowy look and then exit out of the camera program. The video camera will take a video and then when it says, "Please Wait...", it will exit out to the Home Screen and say, "System Error". This is the second one I've received. I bought the first one from the store and then had my provider replace it and after only 24 hours of owning the phone it did the same thing. I have a THIRD one coming tomorrow and I'm afraid it will do the same. My phones have all been the black one. My wife has a pink one and it never does what mine does. Any suggestions?

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Re: Camera Problems

I would try reflashing...or maybe youll get a good one this time

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