Recently multiple users have been complaining about lens flare with the Google Pixel camera based on the Sony IMX378 sensor.

What is lens flare?

Lens flare is caused generally when shooting towards the sun, or a very bright source, such as a flashlight.

The effect is one that causes internal reflection scattering of light between the lens elements. It can be seen as streaks and/or reduction in contrast across various parts of the image.

Is this really a problem?

We think not. This happens with all cameras. Even cameras costing thousands of dollars. Shooting towards the sun will often cause issues. Though, some cameras are more prone than others.

Lens flare can be good or bad

Depending on your desired end result, lens flare can be a good thing. It can add dramatic image enhancing effects as with the image above.

Indeed, it’s often used for artistic affect in photography and video, as seen often with JJ Abrams Star Trek Beyond. Though this likely was added with CGI.

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Lens flare can also ruin a photo, as seen in the image below.

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How is lens flare combated?

Generally we like how lens flare adds to our images, but there are times when it’s unwanted. One easy and obvious solution is to not shoot towards the sun.

It’s also controlled by using a lens hood, which is what you often see on serious photographers’ cameras.

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With a phone camera, a lens hood isn’t an option, so we can use our hand or some other object such as a piece of cardboard.

Google has answered

Google was quick to answer users complaints, saying they would implement a software fix soon. The software fix will only help alleviate some of the lens flare when shooting HDR. When shooting standard, the fix won’t be implemented.

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Recently multiple users have been complaining about lens flare with the Google Pixel camera based on the Sony IMX378 sensor. What is lens flare? Lens flare is caused generally when shooting towards the sun, or a very bright source, such as a flashlight. The effect is one that causes internal reflection scattering...
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