Purple flare. This is a shot of the flare. The size can vary depending on the angle away from the sun. Also the darkness varies depending on exposure, slightly more exposure = darker purple

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    First thing: are you using a filter? – MirekE May 14 '16 at 6:41

Shots away from the sun are fine, it's only when shooting towards the sun at a slight angle away from it. Is there any way to solve the problem?

Sounds like it's just regular old lens flare. A lens hood is the usual solution, but since the RX100 is a compact camera with no attachment point for a hood, you could improvise some sort of tube, or just hold your hand up near the lens on the sunny side. If your shot actually includes the sun, then there's not a lot you can do to prevent the flare except to reframe the shot or edit the flare out later.

Here's one example of creative use of lens flare on a RX100 from flickr:

rx100 lens flare

  • Thanks Caleb, in this instance it's not the usual flare as you have described, and shown, although it is the same colour. It is a separate halo. I will be posting a photo later in the day – Mick Feb 12 '16 at 22:17
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    @Mick Your example is a more garden variety of flare than the one in this answer. – Michael C Feb 13 '16 at 1:21

Yes, the RX100 suffers from a purple lens flare issue. But then, nearly any camera/lens combination, shooting into a light source, will exhibit flare. You can try shading the lens with your hand, or SteffanB on dpreview recommends opening up the aperture to eliminate the flare: (see this post).


Yeah, I have an RX 100 II, and the purple/blue spot has bit me a couple of times. It's an internal reflection flare that seems to affect the lens in any moderate / strong backlighting situation. It has nothing to do with off-axis light sources, so a lens hood will not help.

Sadly, there really isn't a fix except a different camera. Just be aware that the spot may loom in any backlit scene.

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