We are fairly certain that most of the readers here have heard about the purple lens flare issues with the iPhone 5. And well, given the popularity of the topic, Apple has since stepped up with an official support document on that very subject. But before anyone gets super excited about a software update to fix the issue — it seems you may be doing it wrong. Yup, Apple has offered up a statement on the purple lens flare and is basically telling everyone that this issue happens with “most small” cameras and that you should “move the camera” to minimize the effect if you see it happening. Anyway, here is how Apple has chosen to deal with the issue;
A purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.
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.
What can we really say here, while we do not fully agree with the statement, we can agree in that this is not an issue specific to the iPhone 5, it does actually effect other cameras. The problem is that when you sell as many devices as Apple did with the iPhone 5 in such a short period of time — the issues tend to seem larger than they actually are. Bottom line, if you have an iPhone 5, shoot pictures with some care and extra effort.
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