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#1 (Spork)

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 16:48


The purple flare phenomenon you're seeing in certain photos taken with the iPhone 5 is perfectly normal, according to Apple, and it's an issue that affects the cameras found in nearly all smartphones. The company today posted a support article seeking to eliminate concerns that the problem is inherent to its latest handset, explaining that the purplish light can in fact be replicated with every prior iPhone model.

Apple says the issue arises when users take pictures with a light source that's just outside the frame. This light "causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor" that results in an unwelcome flare or haze. Apple's suggestion is to simply recompose your shot slightly until the issue disappears or shield the camera with your hand to minimize any flaring.

Immediately after the iPhone 5 launched, users were quick to voice concerns over the device's susceptibility to scratches, scuffs, and other hardware blemishes — some even arrived with physical flaws out of the box. Apple's response to the purple haze "controversy" is likely an attempt to head off further doubts about its new flagship hardware. In this case, though, the company's explanation checks out with photo experts. For example, in their quick review of the iPhone 5's camera, the folks at Digital Photography Review told buyers "not to worry" about the issue and to merely avoid composing shots with bright lights at the edge of your frame.


http://www.theverge....iphone-5-camera



funny NONE of my phones have had this purple flare problem



#2 +jamesyfx

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 16:52

You can quite easily get a purple flare effect by taking a really badly shot photo. I demonstrated it in the comments on the Neowin news article a few days back.

Here's the photo I took. On a Galaxy Nexus.

http://localhostr.co...1003_101616.jpg

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:02

Let me guess... it's not a bug, it's a feature...

My Lumia doesn't do that

#4 billyea

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:06

So in summary: The sun is shining wrong.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:12

Let me guess... it's not a bug, it's a feature...

My Lumia doesn't do that

done at the right angle, all cameras do... sorry bud

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:13

Let me guess... it's not a bug, it's a feature...

My Lumia doesn't do that



pretty much apples view is people are using the camera wrong

#7 Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:17

You would get a light flare which would kinda ruin the photo with any camera, just not a purple one. Not sure why it really matters what colour the flare is! Take better pictures.

This one actually IS user error.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:18

pretty much apples view is people are using the camera wrong

No, the company explains what happens and how you can avoid it. That said, if for whatever reason you feel unhappy about the purchase you made nothing is preventing anyone from simply returning the product. I understand however this level of rational thinking can't be expected, so let's just be completely irrational about it instead.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:40

done at the right angle, all cameras do... sorry bud


Do you own an iPhone by any chance ?

I`m not saying I couldn't create the same effect as +jamesyfx but I've have never had that happen with any photo I've taken with my phone yet

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:45

so the old, "you're holding it wrong" excuse huh :/

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:45

so the old, "you're holding it wrong" excuse huh :/


Pretty much

#12 Titoist

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:49

Yeah, my iPhone also has a weird issue. Everytime I take a photo underwater, it turns out black. Apple really needs to fix it. /s

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:51

Apple is so full of it.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 17:56

I`m not saying I couldn't create the same effect as +jamesyfx but I've have never had that happen with any photo I've taken with my phone yet

All cameras can do it at the right (or should that be wrong?) angle. This is what lens hoods prevent on DSLRs.

However, my understanding is that the angle at which it occurs or the "range" of angles could differ from camera to camera. I know I had lots of flare issues with a LG feature phone camera, but my Canon 600D has had no issues so far when used without a lens hood. Someone with more experience than me may be able to clarify this.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 18:01

All cameras can do it at the right (or should that be wrong?) angle. This is what lens hoods prevent on DSLRs.

However, my understanding is that the angle at which it occurs or the "range" of angles could differ from camera to camera. I know I had lots of flare issues with a LG feature phone camera, but my Canon 600D has had no issues so far when used without a lens hood. Someone with more experience than me may be able to clarify this.


I probably just use my hand to block the sun thinking about it