Google to send out update to fix issue with Pixel, Pixel XL cameras that cause halos to appear

Google to send out update to fix issue with Pixel, Pixel XL cameras that cause halos to appear
Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners have been complaining on Reddit about a halo effect that appears on photos taken by either handset that includes a lamp or another source of light. According to some who have studied the problem, the halo comes from a misalignment between the positioning of the camera and the 2.5D glass panel. Can Google fix a hardware issue with a software update? Read on!

To prove that the halos are not the usual lens flares that all smartphone cameras are prone to, pictures taken by a Pixel and Pixel XL were matched up against photos taken under similar conditions using the cameras on other handsets. The bottom line was that the halos appeared only on those pictures snapped using the cameras found on Google's new handsets.

A Google employee has since posted on the Pixel User Community board that a software update to fix the problem is in the works, and will start rolling out over the next few weeks. The update will add some new algorithms to the Pixel and Pixel XL snapper that will recognize the halo, convert it to mathematics, and subtract it from the photo. In order to employ this solution, Pixel and Pixel XL users will have to enable HDR+ on their camera. This comes from a Google employee with the user name IsaacOnCamera.



source: PixelUserCommunityBoard via AndroidAuthority, Phandroid

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7 Comments

1. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

If you look closely into those pictures, you may be able spot Steve Jobs' apparition trying to sabotage the phone.

2. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

What else did they expect from tiny lenses.You mess with optics, optics messes with you.

5. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

It's been long time Tyron. I m always worried when I don't see u contribute in technical issues cos u always Base ur argument on facts and figures. Welomé ones again

6. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Samsung shd equip the camera with a new 1/2" sensor size and still be 12MP, aperture of 1.5, any new cam tech is highly welcomed and their already great image processing algorithm. On the front, I will be glad they use the camera on the galaxy s6/s7 That's what I wish to see s8 with regard to camera

3. tomskytot

Posts: 37; Member since: May 10, 2014

and they gave pixel a hi camera rating... hhmmm

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Good to see Google respond quickly Hopefully they can deliver The camera one of the biggest selling points of the Pixel, without a fix I'd probaby get something else

7. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

You can't fix the divine. They're messing with forces they have no clue about lol. Who you gonna call?

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