Pixel’s Camera reportedly plagued with ‘Halo Effect’, Google working on an update fix

By October 26th, 2016 AT 6:13 AM

Google started shipping its much-talked about Pixel phones in India, two days ago. For the ones who have already ordered the device, here is something that you need to know. A Reddit thread has recently unleashed an issue with the camera lens in select units of Google Pixel phones. Folks at Google have also acknowledged the problem, and it is tagged under the name of “Halo Effect,” which could be a software glitch. Pixel users can expect an update soon.

Photo posted by a Pixel user on Twitter
Photo posted by a Pixel user on Twitter

Many times we notice Halo Effect when shooting under the sun. However, smartphone cameras are not readily susceptible to such lens flare where light source hits the camera at a particular angle forming a rainbow effect. Some units of Google Pixel phones are somewhat more prone to this problem due to a software shortcoming in the camera app.

It took two hours for Google to reply to the Reddit thread and assure users with a fix. One of the Google employees IsaacOnCamera responded to user queries and explained the issue. He said,“The Pixel camera’s lens structure is highly controlled – this means that all Pixels take high-quality images, but it also means all Pixels have the same flare characteristics.” IsaacOnCamera also assured users that Google is working on an algorithm to stop the Halo Effect from appearing in final photos.

Google is planning to integrate the new algorithm into HDR+ feature, which will deduct the flare from appearing in the final images. It could also mean that users might have to use HDR+ mode to avoid the Halo Effect. Whatever may be the final solution, but for a phone that costs more than 50k in the Indian market – Things should run smooth especially for the frequently used features.

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Kiran Fernandes | Goa

I’d say a oneplus 3 is far better than the Pixel phones as their camera is the best. Check the YouTube videos comparing op3 camera with the other high end phones of the same specs. You’ll realise that op3 camera is done really well on the hardware as well as software front. I don’t think the pixel will be a hit in India.

Will compare op3 camera with the pixel one on YouTube. Let’s see how well they fare.

Deepak Vasudevan

[Corollary Question(s)] (A) What is the average life of contemporary feature phone? (B) What is the average life of contemporary smart phone? (C) What is the average duration after which most people prefer to upgrade/exchange their phones for a new one? (D) Do most people exchange phones when they go for new or ditch/destroy them and just buy new ones out of the shelf? Might be TT can have a survey of the same?

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