The new Google Pixel and Pixel XL have plenty of features that can stand up to the competition, but there's one that Google apparently didn't intend on including: excessive lens flare on that highly rated camera. Redditors and members of google's own Pixel User Community have been reporting cases of "rather extreme lens flaring" in "the overwhelming majority" of handsets.
This Halo effect is weird on the Pixel. pic.twitter.com/kGlTwGaOsY— Danny Winget (@superscientific) October 22, 2016
As many photographers and will tell you, lens flare can be caused by a variety of factors and can even be a cool and desirable artistic effect. But as Googler IsaacOnCamera notes on the Pixel forums, this "halo/arc flare" happens as a bright arc in the corners of the frame and is definitely unintended. The good news is: Google says there's nothing wrong with the Pixel hardware and there's no reason to replace your device if you find your bright, sunlit shots are suddenly dappled with unwanted halos. The company says a software update to the HDR+ mode will correct the problem in the next couple of weeks. Of course, that also means you'll have to keep HDR+ enabled if you're not a fan of the J.J. Abrams look.