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Apple explains iPhone 5 ‘purple flare’ camera issue

After users expressed concerns about the purple flare in certain images taken with the iPhone 5, Apple released an official response to the issue. However, Apple has already stated that the purple haze in the photos is normal behaviour, but this time the company has come up with a detailed explanation, aimed at clarifying all doubts related to the issue.

Apple explains that the purple flare appears when users take photos with a light source that is just outside the frame.

According to the company, “A purplish or other coloured 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,” the company explained.

Apple’s descriptive statement seems to be an attempt to fend off further doubts about its flagship handset that has already been criticised for scratches, scuffs and poor Maps.


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