Nexus 4's camera produces purple lens flare, too

Nexus 4's camera produces purple lens flare, too
Well, we guess nothing is perfect in this world. Not even the Google Nexus 4 by LG, although we can easily forgive its few drawbacks due to the marvelous price Google has attached to it and the tons of cool features that have made their way inside the package.

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

Purple lens flare produced by the camera of the Google Nexus 4 by LG


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  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
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70 Comments

1. Meeii

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 30, 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: Oct 30, 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: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 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: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stop the excuses dude. We don't wanna hear em

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 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: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 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: Aug 28, 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: Aug 28, 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: Aug 28, 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: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 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: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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: Aug 28, 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

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the info

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 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: Aug 28, 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: Aug 28, 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: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 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: Aug 28, 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: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 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: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 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: Aug 28, 2012

not as easy as get over it when its infecting every article. you can have a reasonable discussion anymore thanks to the fanboys.

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