Apple comment on iPhone 5 camera and its purple haze issue

Apple explain purple haze issues on iPhone 5, explain that the issue happens in nearly all smartphon.

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The new iPhone 5 is far from perfect, but there have been some issues with the camera on this model. If you've used an iPhone 5, read our review, or read many of the other reviews out there, you'd have seen that the iPhone 5 has an issue when snapping photos.

Apple comment on iPhone 5 camera and its purple haze issue |

The iPhone 5, when held at the right angle and near the right light source, will give off a purple haze on the photo. It's not a deal breaker, but it's something worth noting when buying (or reviewing) a device like this. Apple have come out over the weekend, posting a support notice for it, stating:


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 are your thoughts on this? Should this be happening with the iPhone 5 - did Apple not test the camera out in the real world enough? Or were the problems found too late, and it would've caused a delay in launch - and thus, scaring customers and analysts - bringing Apple's power down a couple of notches.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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