Google has promised to fix an issue with the cameras on its Pixel smartphones that was causing excessive lens flare on many photos.
There, early Pixel and Pixel XL adopters are moaning that the handset is suffering from "excessive lens flaring" when a light source is glancing off the side of the camera, which in some cases, is creating weird halo/arc effect on images (below). The issue is believed to be affecting the "majority" of Pixel handsets.
This Halo effect is weird on the Pixel. pic.twitter.com/kGlTwGaOsY— Danny Winget (@superscientific) October 22, 2016
Google has been quick to confirm that there's a problem, and has reassured users that it isn't an issue with the Pixel's hardware.
Google’s camera product lead, Isaac Reynolds, said: "First, for some background -- flare is a property of ALL camera lenses. It comes in a ton of different shapes and sizes and can even be used for creative effect -- good and bad :-). The shape, color, amount, etc. of flare is related to dozens of different parameters of the lens structure and inclement light.
"However, we have seen reports about this "halo/arc flare". This is the specific kind of flare that appears as a bright/low-contrast arc in the corners of the frame."
Reynolds added that a software update to the HDR+ mode will arrive to fix the problem in the next couple of weeks.
"You can expect a software update in the next few weeks that will improve the effects of this issue. We're working on some algorithms that recognize the halo/arc flare, characterize it mathematically, and then subtract it from the image. You will need to use HDR+ to see the benefits of this software."
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