Everyone expected the iPhone 5 to be flawless, so when problems did arise, they were all over the internet. The latest problem is a purple lens flare which confused many iPhone 5 users.
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The problem was introduced onto a tech forum by an iPhone 5 user. If you take a pic, and there’s a bright object in the periphery, you’ll get purple flare. This used to happen in the past when photographers were using uncoated lenses. Digital sensors can pick up purple hues, and some photographers complain about purple flare, but deal with it in the lightroom.
The guys at PCMag tried to get purple flare in the studio by using a daylight filter. They tested the iPhone 5 against the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Samsung Galaxy S3 managed to dampen down the flare, the iPhone 5 didn’t. In fact PCMag carried the test out using a couple more smartphones and the iPhone 5 was the worst phone of the lot.
So what’s causing this? Is it the coating and the lens design? Modern lens coatings reduce reflections, meaning that severe flare is prevented. Nikon claim that their cameras can take photos of the sun and retain contrast (don’t look directly into the sun yourself, though, please). The iPhone 5 should have a similar lens, apart from the sapphire coating that stops the phone getting scratched.
Petapixel as well as PCMag say that Apple has removed the IR/Cut filter and it’s this that’s causing the flare. With both the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 taking equivalently as good pictures, it may come down to this. Do you want better low-light shots (iPhone 5 & its unbeatable BSI sensor) or not to worry about your captures on bright sunny days (Samsung Galaxy S3).