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  • Guybrush-Threepwood Level 1 (95 points)

    EVERY camera will cause lensflare when pointed into a light source. My £3000 DSLR with a £2000 lens has lens flare. Thats why you use a hood or a rose to shield it. The bottom line, if you dont want flare, stop shooting into light, its what happens.


    The colour is due to the filters (not just the sapphire lens) that the iSight camera uses. If you were to remove all thse and go back to plain glass then yes, the flare will be white rather than purple. However the image will suffer in other ways.


    Its a choice, purple flare when using the camera incorrectly or not so sharp images, less scratch resistant lens, more IR interference? ~Which would you rather have?


    Apple are right to say people are holding it wrong. As a pro photographer I see people shooting back lit subjects all too often. I use a lens flare for artistic effect. Other people get it because they simply dont know better.

  • conorfromvictoria Level 1 (95 points)

    It is IR interference. That was already suggested. I am not talking about the lens flare. That occurs on ANY camera. What I am reffering to is the purpling haze even when the camera is pointed away from a strong light source. I have a friend who can confirm that he has seen HOT objects (stove element) in complete darkness with his iPhone 5.0   (element is about ~600C) appear as white/purple. An element at this temperature is completely invisible to us, but puts out an immese amount of IR and some NIR in the 800-900nm range.

  • Guybrush-Threepwood Level 1 (95 points)

    All cameras tend to see IR. If I point a remote control into ANY of the digital cameras I own and push a button I can see the light being emmited from the diode.


    For those who think its a major issue and claim it never happend on the 4. Here is the Engadget review of the iPhone 4 from 2010. Notice that purple flare on the photos of the guys dog?

  • wegras Level 6 (15,070 points)

    More like one of the millions (how many already out there????)I think

    just because a few have an issue does not mean

    there is an issue as they just love to believe theere is

  • conorfromvictoria Level 1 (95 points)

    Yes, I realise that every digital camera WILL see some NIR... I get that too. They can also see interactions with X-rays and Gamma... I know this too from experimenting with scintillation medium and Radioactive sources.


    What I am talking about is the amount in this case. The switching from glass to Sapphire has allowed for more NIR to enter the sensor. This combined with the sensitity of the current cameras make the photos discolour pinkish.


    Answer me this: Why would a hot (not red hot) element show up on a iPhone 5 and not on an iPhone 4S ?

  • kaidomac Level 1 (55 points)

    To anyone arguing that "all phones and cameras do this" - yes, but not to the *extent* that the iPhone 5 does it.  That's the issue.  The following video on Youtube was shot entirely with an iPhone 4S with a lot of sun/sun-flare shots and I don't see any purple issue here:


  • LifeFlicks Level 1 (5 points)

    Here is a link to a post by Apple on the purple haze issue.

  • bgaviator Level 1 (5 points)

    I have a question, I am about to buy my first smartphone, and the Iphone 5 was what I definitly wanted to go with.  But I am getting concerned with all the quality control issues Apple seems to be having with this device.  When it comes to the purple flare issue, I am curious if people still notice the issue once they have a case on the phone since most cases seem to protect the lense.  Does this act as a "hood" that some people have talked about that takes care of the issue? 

  • newportnes Level 1 (0 points)


    beautiful stunning permanent iphone 5 purple "instagram" photos. Thanks apple




    it's all my fault for holding it wrong i guess.

  • Tgara Level 4 (3,545 points)

    kaidomac wrote:


    To anyone arguing that "all phones and cameras do this" - yes, but not to the *extent* that the iPhone 5 does it.  That's the issue.  The following video on Youtube was shot entirely with an iPhone 4S with a lot of sun/sun-flare shots and I don't see any purple issue here:


    Here's a link to page 3 of Digital Photography Review's test of the iPhone 5 camera, and how it compares to the iPhone 4 and 4S.  The purple haze issue is discussed.



    As you can see from these shots, purple flare is evident in both the iPhone 5 and 4S.


    In conclusion, the reviewers state the following: 


    "Really, our advice is not to worry. Just do what you should do anyway, and avoid putting bright lights near the edge of the frame when shooting."

  • SuperRevber2 Level 1 (0 points)

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    Here's a classic PURPLE example of the new IPhone 6 software. NEVER had this problem with my original IPhone 4 software or with the IPhone 5 upgrade.

  • SuperRevber2 Level 1 (0 points)

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    Here's a classic example of the "Purple Haze" with the new IPhone 6 software. Again. NEVER had this problem with my original IPhone 4 or with the same phone upgraded to the IPhone 5 software.

  • Tgara Level 4 (3,545 points)

    Dude, you are doing exactly what you should not be doing... Shooting into the sun with the sun on the edge of the frame.  That's a recipe for fringing with any camera.

  • SuperRevber2 Level 1 (0 points)

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    Took this photo DIRECTLY into the setting sun back in June with my IPhone 4 (upgraded to the IPhone 5 software at the time) without any problems or undue "purpleing" or "fringing." Don't think I could take the same shot after doing the upgrade to 6. Do you?

  • SuperRevber2 Level 1 (0 points)

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    Shot this straight into the sun in August. Again. IPhone 4 with IPhone 5 software. Again. NO purple! NO fringing! Again. Don't think this would work with the IPhone 6 software. Do you?