Apple has officially responded to claims the iPhone 5′s camera produces a purple flare when directed at or near bright light sources, after some users noticed the issue in photos taken with the smartphone.
Apple recommends moving the camera in a direction away from the light source, reducing the reflection on the iPhone’s camera sensor.
“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,” Apple said on its support page.
“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.”
A Gizmodo reader received similar advice from AppleCare in a private email last week, suggesting users “angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures”.
In a series of Macworld tests comparing the iPhone 5′s camera to the iPhone 4S, the third-generation iPad and two Samsung devices, the purple hue was prominent in the iPhone 5 but appeared in photos taken with all but one device.