Article ID : 00057547 / Last Modified : 08/07/2020

White, round glare spots or orbs sometimes appear in a recorded image when using the flash.

    If there are specs of dust particles floating in the air, they can be illuminated by the strong light of the flash and sometimes appear in a recorded image as white, round glare spots (aka orbs). This symptom tends to occur in low-light environments when using a compact digital camera because of the close proximity of the flash to the lens assembly. It is not a malfunction.

    To avoid this phenomenon, it is recommended to cancel the flash. In this case ISO needs to be raised or a tripod should be used to avoid camera shake. If using an external flash, bouncing the flash towards the ceiling or using the flash off-camera can also avoid this effect.

    Dust Particles in the Air

    For cameras that have ISO sensitivity function settings:

    If glare spots appear in the picture, turn off the flash. If sufficient brightness cannot be obtained, such as when indoors, shoot with an increased ISO sensitivity. Also, shoot using a tripod or with the camera held firmly to prevent camera shake.