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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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Strange iPhone 5 Camera Issue

I absolutely love taking photos with my iPhone. My iPhone 4 served this purpose with excellence for over 2 years, unfortunately with my iPhone 5, I'm having a slight issue. I've read about the 'purple haze' issue, but mine is different. See the green dot appearing on my photos? Any ideas? Perhaps it's time to make a Genius Bar appointment?







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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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I absolutely love taking photos with my iPhone. My iPhone 4 served this purpose with excellence for over 2 years, unfortunately with my iPhone 5, I'm having a slight issue. I've read about the 'purple haze' issue, but mine is different. See the green dot appearing on my photos? Any ideas? Perhaps it's time to make a Genius Bar appointment?



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Personally, I think it look cool, especially the last one, but it'd definitely get annoying after a while. Definitely go in for a Genius Bar appointment.
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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That spot is from lens flare, given that the position changes depending on where the bright light source is. Does it appear in a flatly lit scene?
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:52 PM   #5
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:52 PM   #6
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I get that too when the sun is directly in the frame. It's a lens flare or reflection of some surface inside the camera assembly. I assume that's its possibly due to the smaller (shallower) camera assembly on the iPhone 5 (but really don't know if that's the case.) Interested to know if it's "normal" as well.

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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:59 PM   #7
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I get that too when the sun is directly in the frame. It's a lens flare or reflection of some surface inside the camera assembly. I assume that's its possibly due to the smaller (shallower) camera assembly on the iPhone 5 (but really don't know if that's the case.) Interested to know if it's "normal" as well.

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Do you have any photos containing the dot that you'd be willing to share? I'd like to see how it looks with other people's phones.

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That spot is from lens flare, given that the position changes depending on where the bright light source is. Does it appear in a flatly lit scene?
No, in photos without a bright light source, there is no dot/flare.

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Thank you! And you are correct!
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 03:04 PM   #8
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If it only appears with a bright light source, it's likely just the normal effects of such. If you are happy otherwise with the rest of the phone there is no point in exchanging. The next phone will do that as well. It is the result of lens design constraints and challenging lighting situations. I think your camera is A-OK.
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 06:57 PM   #9
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Do you have any photos containing the dot that you'd be willing to share? I'd like to see how it looks with other people's phones.



No, in photos without a bright light source, there is no dot/flare.



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Old Oct 24, 2012, 06:21 PM   #10
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 09:14 PM   #11
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The older iphones don't have this issue, I have all of them including the first iphone, iphone 3G, iphone 4 and iphone 4S and this is the first one to show a green dot when there is strong light light.

I have noticed this today and check my second iphone 5 and it also has this issue.

It is normal for the iphone 5, what I don't understand is why this new iphone 5 display that green dot and the iphone 4S don't have this issue.

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Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:41 PM   #12
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So, does this affect all iPhone 5s or just some? As others have said, it appears when direct light is in shot. Here's a video demonstrating it. Its position changes when the angle changes. Note, it's not a reflection on the wall as it might look at first, it's in the lens and only appears in the photo/video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o39XRuVD3Mg
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:18 PM   #13
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I don't have anything to offer you, but where the hell do you live? It looks absolutely beautiful.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 04:11 PM   #14
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I don't have anything to offer you, but where the hell do you live? It looks absolutely beautiful.
Hah, thank you. It's actually my parents' house in Devon, UK, where I was for Christmas. I passed on the message to my mum
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 09:14 AM   #15
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Green dot still issue with IPhone 6 plus

Seriously, the only answer is to point your camera away from the light source??? This is a little hard to do when you are taking a picture of a sunrise/sunset. Any other fixes?
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Seriously, the only answer is to point your camera away from the light source??? This is a little hard to do when you are taking a picture of a sunrise/sunset. Any other fixes?
Don't take pictures of the sun while resurrecting a zombie thread?

Or Lens flare! How does it work?
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Old Oct 23, 2014, 09:10 AM   #17
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Seriously, just got iPhone 6 plus which has the Halo and green dot. My 4S did not do that. My husbands 5 does not do that yet this thread seems to suggest that all recent iPhones have this problem. So sorry, but my problem just started. I now know the problem with what causes it but except for, don't point your camera at the light source, I have not seen any plausible solution.
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Seriously, just got iPhone 6 plus which has the Halo and green dot. My 4S did not do that. My husbands 5 does not do that yet this thread seems to suggest that all recent iPhones have this problem. So sorry, but my problem just started. I now know the problem with what causes it but except for, don't point your camera at the light source, I have not seen any plausible solution.
The problem with lens flare is that your solutions are pretty limited. All modern cameras will produce lens flare pointed at a very bright light source. Depending on the camera design, the flare's size, angle, hue may be different or even pleasing to the eye. (bigger DSLR's in my limited experience can produce a pleasing lens flare sometimes)

You can try slight angle changes to move it to a less noticeable area or even off the picture depending on the light source & intensity but you may not like how your picture is framed at that point.

There might be filters you can try (physical or software) but I'd let a real photographer chime in on that one.

Personally if I liked the shot but hated the flare I'd use something like Lightroom to remove it or change the hue.

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Old Oct 23, 2014, 06:19 PM   #19
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Yes, I am thinking probably editing is the only solution. Thank you.
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I now know the problem with what causes it but except for, don't point your camera at the light source, I have not seen any plausible solution.
Important part of photography is composition. Framing the object and surroundings to avoid lens flare.
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Old Oct 23, 2014, 09:20 PM   #21
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I absolutely love taking photos with my iPhone. My iPhone 4 served this purpose with excellence for over 2 years, unfortunately with my iPhone 5, I'm having a slight issue. I've read about the 'purple haze' issue, but mine is different. See the green dot appearing on my photos? Any ideas? Perhaps it's time to make a Genius Bar appointment?

It's a type of lens flair.
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Old Oct 27, 2014, 02:31 AM   #22
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Guys I have an iphone 5 out of warranty
And in have these purplish lines\dots in the rear camera what should I do?
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