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Apple acknowledges iPhone 5 lens flare

 Apple offered solutions for avoiding purplish lens flare, reported in the iPhone 5, on its website yesterday.

Since the launch of the iPhone 5 last month, reports of purplish flare appearing in images taken with the device have discolored excitement over Apple’s latest offering. (We took an initial in-depth look at the matter on DPReview.)

The smartphone maker responded yesterday with a support page post that offers tips for users:

“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.” 

Apple's statement confirms our assessment made in our iPhone 5 review, where we reported the most likely cause is internal reflections in the camera lens assembly, but doesn't explain why this flare is more pronounced in the latest iPhone than in its rivals and predecessors.

Have you seen purple flares popping up in your iPhone 5 photos? What’s your best solution for avoiding the problem? 


Total comments: 2

That's why even professional lenses have hoods.
The iPhone 5 is a lot thinner so the camera is closer to the glass. No hood=lens flare...
I saw the same phenomenon on a friends Galaxy S III the other day.
People need to know stop whining and complaining. It's phone.
Actually the problem might go away using a thick protective case which will act as a hood... :)

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I think it is bright light catching the cut edge of the saphire glass circle covering the lens - just move the light in the frame a bit or shade the lens with your hand and its gone. If you want the sun in your iPh5 frame just bring it into the thirds line and all is good especially with ProHDR app!

The iPh5 purple flair can be made to look huge if you try hard but both the 4s & 4 will give some flare when placing the sun near the edge of the frame - the 4 gives 4 purple disks and the 4s usually a long purple streak pointing at me.

Looking back at my old OM1,2,4 & EOS10 k64 slides with the sun even close (not actually in the shot) and there is flare all over the place, just not such a uniform colour. Thats why my 35mm lenses had a large lens shade and never looked directly into the sun.

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