Apple Says "Purple Haze" is Normal Behavior for iPhone 5 Camera Images
October 2, 2012 9:38 AM
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Purple haze all in my frame, iPhone 5 just don't seem the same...
“You’re holding it wrong”
It never ceases to amaze when manufacturers try to convince people that an issue with something they purchased is actually a “feature”. Apple has most recently tried to
convince buyers of the iPhone 5
that the purple haze or ring around bright light sources is normal behavior.
An iPhone 5 owner named Matt Van Gastel had been speaking with Apple customer support about the purple flare problem with his iPhone 5.
shows images highlighting the difference between photographs taken in the same setting using iPhone 5 compared to the iPhone 4. The purple haze around the sun is readily apparent in the iPhone 5 image, and the same purple discoloration shows up with any bright light source.
After going back and forth with Apple support, Van Gastel received an email back from Apple stating that their engineering team has found a solution to the problem. According to Apple, the solution is to "angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures."
The email also went on to say that the purple flare noted in images provided to customer service is "normal behavior for the iPhone 5s camera."
reports that some photography experts believe that the purple flare problem is caused by the sapphire glass that covers the iPhone 5 camera sensor.
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RE: And another...
10/2/2012 5:24:41 PM
"The Apple Haters are the new Luddites"
Luddites? Seriously? Apple puts out a camera with SEVERE chromatic aberration... a well known phenomenon that plagued digital cameras some 10 years ago but has pretty much been fixed in most recent cameras... and you call people who criticize it "Luddites"? The Luddite is the frickin idiot at Apple who thought that severe chromatic aberration is acceptable , and released the product (FAIL). This is not an overblown issue. Chromatic aberration won't just occur when pointing at light sources (I guess iphone 5 owners don't take pictures containing sunsets, sunrises, backlit things, or night scenes), but will also fringe on anything with specular highlights.
This is a FAIL for any modern camera. In fact, only a Luddite would accept such crap.
RE: And another...
10/2/2012 6:43:21 PM
That's hilarious, considering the iPhone was one of the last on the 4G bandwagon and still lacks NFC.
I'll give them credit for bringing *stunning* display tech to the masses and shaming other vendors in to following them along, but Apple fans are the ones closer to being some form of form-over-function variant of luddite.
But, I did see the title of the article and think "Wonder how many seconds it took for Tony Swash to see the article and go to war?" Keep it up Tony! KEEP THE FAITH!
RE: And another...
10/2/2012 7:32:05 PM
None of you luddite fools have even handled an iPhone 5, let alone taken a photo with it or found any fault with it's camera.
You are just afraid because it is Apple that dominates the new tech economy and it is Apple that is in the driving seat and that really upsets you because you don't really understand what is going on. And so laughably, and pathetically, you get a bad case of hysterics every time anyone finds a single bad thing to say about the iPhone or anything else that Apple makes or does.
Such passions about things you don't own, such a strange obsessions with a company whose products you won't ever buy, such anxiety for the well being of consumers you profess to despise.
What a strange and sad bunch of losers.
Meanwhile in the real world nobody is listening :)
"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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