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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