The Truth About Google Pixel Camera HALO/Lens Flare Effect!


For those of you wondering whether Google can fix the HALO/lens flare effect that is caused on Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, you may want to know that this isn’t really fixable by software.

Taking a closer look, you will notice that the halo effect can be reproduced while using the video camera of the Pixel and Pixel XL, meaning this cannot be permanently fixed using software.

While Google may be able to fix photos by digitally removing the halo/lens flare, they won’t be able to magically fix it for videos since this is a lens optics design flaw.

Also by doing a test with my hands over the glass of the camera, I found that this cannot be fixed with a lens hood or a thick case as the problem exists underneath the glass.

But it’s not a HUGE problem where Google should recall the issue to fix it as it only happens on 1 out of 10 shots, especially where there is strong amount of light.  As a consumer who has bought Pixel and Pixel XL with his own money though, I would like to see Google refund/discount the phone since this is clearly a flaw Pixel owners would have to live with.

What do you think?  Am I being over-dramatic or should this halo/lens flare be addressed properly.

P.S. I’ve bought every Google phone (with my own money) and I love Google products.  I would not point this out if it wasn’t an issue.

Also see my low-light camera test between Pixel XL vs. Pixel vs. Nexus 6P!

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