Nexus 4's camera produces purple lens flare, too
When the iPhone 5 came out, some unhappy users started complaining that in some situations, the otherwise very capable camera makes bright lights such as lamps to appear with a nasty purple lens flare effects in images. Apple has even responded to those claims, saying that... this is the camera's normal behavior.
Now that we're seeing that the same happens with the Nexus 4, we can really believe that it's a normal issue for such camera sensors. Thanks to a Google+ user who has uploaded a rather coarse Photosphere shot, we notice that Google's handset is prone to producing abundant amounts of purplish lens flare, too. Unfortunately, we doubt it that there can be any kind of normal solution for that nasty effect, plus we guess that an accessory maker won't come to the rescue this time.
But you know what the good part of all this is? That it doesn't really matter much, since phone cameras have never been that great, really. And why should you bother with such issues, when you have so many other awesome features to enjoy, such as the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, the beautiful 4.7" True HD IPS Plus display, or Android 4.2!
Purple lens flare produced by the camera of the Google Nexus 4 by LG
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1. Meeii (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Did you write this to tell us about the purple lens flare or just to get a reason to tell us how much you love the phone and how super awesome you think it is? Hard to tell.
6. MeoCao (unregistered)
Nexus 4 is still much better than iPhone 5 even with this purple flare. Camera is not the best feature of Nexus 4 anyway.
12. Meeii (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Where did I say iPhone 5 is better? I must be alone but I don't root for any particular phone and it seems damn hard to find phone sites that just stick to the facts. The last sentence have nothing to do with the rest of the article and just the authors personal opinion about the phone.
19. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Meeii... MeoCao is an extremely biased android user, nothing u say will even remotely register with this person unless its very anti apple.
50. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
This whole article was clearly has the hidden feelings imprinted on it by an auther angry and almost filled with a ifanboy vendetta fuelled "haha looks whats wrong with the device" atmosphere,its funny.
Maybe it does have a slight purple lens flair although this one photo seems to be the only one available anywhere online showing the possibility of it,plus there seems an extraordinary amount of lights focus at the camera for it to be a 'normal' room and not a set up. If a purple flair actually from proper photos does turn out to exits then fair enough especially but this phone let's face it is have the price of the iPhone 5 and has twice the tec spec of it. Never mind the better android software features. If it does exist,then you'd say yes it should be there but the nexus ranges where never quite about the camera. The iPhone 5 on the other hand came repeatily with a PR statement from apple saying the camera "makes the world more beautiful"
53. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Stop the excuses dude. We don't wanna hear em
56. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Also this isn't about what's twice the price, and what's twice the tech specs. This about the camera on the N4, u say its an awful lot of lights n the room but the iPhone was directly facing the sun which is the most powerful light source n our solar system. Don't deviate from the point of the article, that simply makes u look like a whiner. The gs3, and the one x (my one x too) also had lens flare. Maybe this is an issue with these new sensors, or maybe it's just the power of light...who knows? But please can the excuses, and deviations from the point of the article. The nexus 4 is a great powerful sweet looking device, that has lens flare. That was the writers point.
57. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
totally agree. sounds very childish.
18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Now when the iPhone 5 had this issue u were all over it, it's not about better its to show that all devices r prone to issues. They showed it on the iPhone, and gs3...they should show it here. Especially with this being a brand new, and popular phone that'll sell a lot. People deserve to know.
21. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
and the camera is the best feature of the iphone?
no it isnt, please stop trying to deflect and defend. this is a bad problem no matter what phone.
the iphone got ripped to peices with many jokes coming out of it so why shouldnt this get the same treatment?
24. MeoCao (unregistered)
Agreed, I do not defend purple flare, without the flare is obviously better. But camera is the best feature of iphones that's for sure.
25. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
how is the camera the best feature of the iphone....if so it would be in the same category as the 808 and n8's for those looking for an excellent camera on a phone
in no way is the iphones camera its best feature
28. MeoCao (unregistered)
I don't say iPhone camera is the best in the market, what I say is camera is one of selling points for iphone, while people buy Nexus 4 not for its camera.
30. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
your just been a fanboy plain and simple trying to slag off the iphone for having the same defect as your precious nexus 4
those who bought the nexus 4 were damn sure not expecting this and wont be happy, this is supposed to be an all in one device and the camera is part of that. if the camera werent important as you say why not drop it all together and sell it even cheaper
32. MeoCao (unregistered)
Haha, still holding grudge over my WP criticism?
Yes I'm Android fan and may be a little biased, so we all are.
I think what you say is stupid, people buy a phone not for its camera does not mean they do not need a camera. It simply means other features of the phone are more important to them.
34. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Actually for me personally the camera is one of the main features and most important features that I look for n a phone, it's the main reason that I have stayed with the iPhone for so long even though the iPhone has a very boring interface. Due to my job which is on the go out and about around Las Vegas I do a lot of picture and video messaging and emailing
51. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
If you use your phone mainly for the camera you should use a Nokia no or pure view. They too have a dated unchanging ui but have much better cameras than the iphone
52. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
true nokia are on top in mobile cameraphones. the 808 is unmatched in that department.
as for ui, symbian has changed just as much as android with belle. plus you can customize just as much. android has the advantage of apps and ecosystem behind it
symbian sadly wont have any rapid updates in the see able future
35. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
So how about instead of saying people don't buy a phone for the camera you should instead say you don't buy a phone for the camera
38. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
no mate no grudge as you never gave any facts just repeated yourself over and over in an arrogant way
and your more then a little biased, and look at you. you think your somehow better then everyone else with your comments
no what you said was stupid, when the iphone had this problem why didnt you say this then, no you laughed and slated the phone. now its the nexus your defending it to your fullest.
people who bought this phone were expecting a good camera without this propblem just because theres a problem doesnt automaticly mean ''ohh well no one bought it for the camera''......using your logic if a car doesnt reverse....well no one buys a car to reverse. these basic functions are expected.
but you keep been a biased fanboy, its pretty funny watching as you show your fanboyism
43. MeoCao (unregistered)
I don't defend the flare, the flare clearly makes the phone worse. But the article link this with iPhone 5 which also has flare issue so I just want to compare them, that's all.
47. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
no mate you havent tried comparing, all you have done is try to justify it on the nexus 4 and slate the iphone at the same time
completely biased and the definition of a fanboy you are and your comments prove it
31. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
One more thing bro why you trying to say that the camera phone is not the best feature on the Nexus this is a FlagShip Nexus device you would think that it would have the best of everything but what you need to understand is any phone can have issues iPhone Nexis galaxy it doesn't matter all these are electronic devices and therefore prone to issues
36. MeoCao (unregistered)
You are trying to put your words into my mouth, I never say that there's a perfect phone.
Phone design is compromise b-c there's cost constraint. Nexus 4 has the best OS, best chip, the best price, one of the best screen so it must give up something else like LTE.
I think Nexus 4 camera is not a sacrifice though but simply that's the best LG can offer.
39. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
best os....no mate theres no best os its preference and choice
best price, well thats the main selling point for the phone high end hardware for midrange price.
your double standards are laughable, your basically saying if its a problem with android phone its excusable any other os and its a disgrace and a fail
59. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No, but this is exactly what I expected u to do. And that's do everything but acknowledge the issue at hand. Lens flare. Not best this best that.
29. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Chaoticrazr. MeoCao Is trying to avoid the obvious he is very biased against iOS and Apple and now since the Nexus is exhibiting the same issue he simply does not want to at knowledge it he wants to downplay it by saying that the writer is merely pointing it out because it was pointed out on the iPhone. My stance is that any issue on any phone especially a popular and very good phone should be pointed out to the people and so the people that are going to buy it will know ahead of time
63. metalpoet (unregistered)
holy crap leave it up to some people to turn this from "The lg nexus 4 has purple flare" to "the iPhones camera is the best quality on it" honestly lets stick to the story people. we get it, some ppl hate android, some people hate ios. get over it please!
64. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
not as easy as get over it when its infecting every article. you can have a reasonable discussion anymore thanks to the fanboys.
68. metalpoet (unregistered)
69. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
This is funny....lol. I picture dave chapelle doing that dance he did during a stand up, it was about OJ simpson....yall just gotta watch the special.
26. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Meh. IMO, lens flare is a defect, plain and simple. I rarely got lens flare with my RAZR. I rarely get lens flare with the GS III. Friends who have the iP4S don't have lens flare in photos they show me that have been taken with their 4S. But the iP5 can reliably produce photos with lens flare. Sounds like the Exus 4 is in the same camp as the iP5.
I wonder if the HTC Droid DNA has the lens flare 'feature'? Somehow, I doubt it.
70. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I agree with this. I'm sorry....even with the Nexus 4 I call it a defect. Like with the iPhone 5....is it the lense, software, case? Whatever it is....I dont consider it normal when I have other phones that never had this purple flare.
All saying its normal....what about the phones that dont have it? Are they abnormal?
33. KParks23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
Ray. S obviously no one else at phone arena would write a article like this!
48. Aeires (unregistered)
Ray is a big Apple fan, if he's saying something positive about an Android phone, it's something positive about an Android phone.
2. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
Well that sucks. Such problems should be left in ...uh...less spectacular phones.
Also, Ray, no offense but the tone of the last sentence makes it seem very sarcastic and patronizing.
5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
LOOL it was true tho........i guess this is where nokia excels though right?
15. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
And why aren't there purple flare lens in other phones? Aside from this and ip5?
Nokia excels at this but it's still does not support my fav OS. That's disappointing.
20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
actually i just held my htc droid incredible up to the light and it honestly had a very small purple flare!! I kid you not........but like i said it was a very small spot.......I dont know why these are more exposed for some reason......beats me
61. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
My One X does this.. Really any camera phone will, they just all have a different threshold. I've gotten some photos like this on my 4S as well, last winter when everything was covered in snow and ice I got quite a few photos that had a distinct purple flare in the corner.
8. wendygarett (unregistered)
And Nokia is laughing lol
4. shadez10 (Posts: 407; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
oh.... that sucks... who wants some purple in their photos?.. xD
7. wendygarett (unregistered)
At least I want :D
16. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
for that price you shouldn't care about this flaw :)
40. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
well you should, your paying no matter what price for a phone thats supposed to not have these big-ish defects. this effects the camera drastically
but ofcourse you as a fanboy will excuse it and slate the iphone for the same thing
44. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
ok, so blame 10 dollar phone for not having 8M pixels camera and 64GB storage :-D
46. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
lmao your just unbelievable, so basically your calling the nexus 4 cheap and not just price but build quality , camera etc
this isnt a 10 dollar phone theres no excuse for this..sure you will come up with one though as fanboys need to defend no matter what.
so you keep trying to justify this to yourself, the grown ups will talk rationally will you do
9. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
haha, so now the nexus is on the bandwagon of phones who uses the line: "it's not a defect, it's a feature"
Waiting to see if Apple is gonna sue for using that lame excuse...
17. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
yes, but iPhone is much more expensive, so iPhone is a crap for that price ;)
58. nwright94 (unregistered)
You have to try really hard to do it on the iPhone and I'm guessing the same for the nexus 4. It's just way overblown. Coming from someone who actually owns the 5 and not speaking out of their butt. Even the iPhone 4 did it.
11. hotdoggnboi (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
Apple probably patented the "purple lens flare" just for occasions like this... :P
14. PDM20 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)
+Phonearena This picture has been created with GIMP! EXIF data is not showing even Nexus!
Do you have another pure Nexus' picture with same issue? This one is not good evidence.
27. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
As expected this article is from Ray.... Ray seriously if ur an Iphone fan then by all means be one dont try to pull a steve job's Antenna gate, "Even N97 if held in a particular way looses signal".
37. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Oh the responses are so different from the iphone 5 issues, makes me laugh.