A smartphone camera’s flash seems almost deceptively simple: it needs to illuminate a scene while a picture’s being taken. With a xenon flash, timing can be a little tricky, but the LEDs so common on phones make the process a snap. As a result, we can begin to take a properly working flash a little bit for granted; it’s only when problems arise that we really take notice. Unfortunately for new owners of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, things have taken such an unwanted turn, and it seems that a design flaw may be interfering with the phone’s flash.

The issue is manifesting as light from the phone’s flash appearing to travel directly through the handset’s casing to the camera sensor itself. As a result of this “light bleed,” images taken with the flash active can seem washed-out, especially along one edge (above).

Owners noticing this problem have been posting their findings to various online messageboards, and one interesting aspect to the reports has been how the phone’s color appears to affect the severity of this condition. Specifically, the colored versions of the phone (as opposed to the black or white neutral tones) may be worse off when it comes to the internal bleed-through.

For the moment, we haven’t heard of any response from Sony.

Source: Android Hilfe (Google Translate), Sony support forums
Via: Xperia Blog

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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