1. mrhappi79's Avatar
    Just got my phone and right off the bat I took some pictures and there is some distortion warping going on the top part of some of my pictures. It is more evident in pictures where peoples heads are near the top. Essentially their heads look bulbous like aliens.
    This has happened at different distances from a couple feet to about 10 feet, with no movement from the subject. With and without flash. All settings are on auto. I've used both the windows phone camera app and Nokia camera app.
    I wanted to know if perhaps I'm doing something wrong or if the phone is defective.
    05-15-2014 08:37 PM
  2. Boris Alexandrov's Avatar
    Can you attach some sample pics? Looks like you have defective lens.
    05-16-2014 01:53 AM
  3. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Have you considered that you may, in fact, be taking picture of aliens?
    05-16-2014 07:33 AM
  4. mrhappi79's Avatar
    Here are some pictures that show the distortion. And no it's not my nieces head shaped that way.

    05-16-2014 12:00 PM
  5. anon(7901790)'s Avatar
    Your camera is fine. That is side affect of wide angle shots, especially if your subject is close. Try stepping back a bit and zooming in a little. That will reduce the distortion.

    Here is a link that explains it better.

    Guide to Ultra Wide Angle Camera Lenses: Distortion and Perspective - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com
    05-16-2014 05:36 PM
  6. mrhappi79's Avatar
    I read that description from the link but it talks about distortion where things appear to go outwards (barrel like) and not inward like in my pictures. Additionally the subjects in the pictures are at different distances. The distortion starts at about the top eighth of the picture and seems too exaggerated to simply be normal if you ask me. Otherwise this would be evident in many of the pictures that have been posted here as sample pictures from the icon and other lumia phones.
    05-16-2014 06:30 PM
  7. anon(7901790)'s Avatar
    If you are getting the same distortions in the same area of your photos regardless of the composition, then your lens may be deformed and causing the distortion. If you just bought then you should be able to exchange it for a new one.

    I've taken several photos with mine and the only distortions I get are what is expected from ultra-wide photography.

    This photo was taken not long after I got my Icon. And I get no distortion.
    Attached Thumbnails wp_20140307_08_43_59_raw__highres.jpg  
    05-17-2014 02:14 AM
  8. Tjarren's Avatar
    After looking at the pics, it'd be good to remind you that the term 'aliens' isn't really PC. 'Foreigners' would've been more appropriate.

    05-17-2014 02:49 AM

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