Monday, October 08, 2012

Apple responds to iPhone 5 camera 'purple flare' issue with suggestions for users

Whenever a new iPhone is released, there are always issues. Nothing is perfect, but the fans of Apple devices want them to be flawless. While some seem to be real issues (like Antennagate and Scratchgate), others do not, and thus we come to the "iPhone 5 purple flare camera issue."

Soon after the iPhone 5's release, users began complaining of a purple flare or halo appearing in photos taken with the camera when it is pointed at or near bright light sources. After some tech support reps issued emails that stated the "issue" was normal, Apple decided to post a response to complaints via a support document on its site, last modified on Sunday, Oct. 7.

"Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect."

Now, as photographers will tell you, this is hardly new and definitely not isolated to the iPhone 5.

"Really?? You get Lens Flare and Chromatic Aberrations when you point your camera at the sun?? DUH!!!

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"This happens with ANY camera!! I have made my living behind the lens for the past 27 years and this happens with every lens!!"

No, it's not isolated to the iPhone 5, and it's not new. Photographers should at least remember one thing: in this age of digital cameras, the good thing is even if you don't like the results, there are always methods to alter them (e.g., Photoshop) and at the very least, you could delete them.

At least you don't have to go through the effort to develop the images, as in the pre-digital age.

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