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Beards

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I am having an issue with NightMode on my iPhone 12 Pro Max in that when I launch the camera and extend NightMode for 10sec, the first few shots come out bright.
However, without altering anything, if I continue shooting, the NightMode shots do not continue with the same level of brightness and detail.
If I switch off the iPhone then restart followed by again launching the camera with a 10sec NightMode shot, the picture again shows great light and detail.
However, yet again... after a few shots the light level and detail rapidly fall away....

For some reason NightMode is failing each and every time after a few shots.

Is there anyone else experiencing this issue?
 

ToddH

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I am having an issue with NightMode on my iPhone 12 Pro Max in that when I launch the camera and extend NightMode for 10sec, the first few shots come out bright.
However, without altering anything, if I continue shooting, the NightMode shots do not continue with the same level of brightness and detail.
If I switch off the iPhone then restart followed by again launching the camera with a 10sec NightMode shot, the picture again shows great light and detail.
However, yet again... after a few shots the light level and detail rapidly fall away....

For some reason NightMode is failing each and every time after a few shots.

Is there anyone else experiencing this issue?
I haven’t seen that. Has it been that way since day one or just start? A hard reset may fix it. I shoot either a 10” or 30” shot from a tripod. Mine starts dim the gradually gets brighter. At this point I don’t know if it’s a software or hardware issue. Does the camera function normally when using it for everything else?
 

Beards

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I haven’t seen that. Has it been that way since day one or just start? A hard reset may fix it. I shoot either a 10” or 30” shot from a tripod. Mine starts dim the gradually gets brighter. At this point I don’t know if it’s a software or hardware issue. Does the camera function normally when using it for everything else?
I have only had the phone a few days and last night was the first time I used the camera.
In this short time the only other issue is with notifications but clearly that is not related.

Thank you for your input, it is appreciated. Now that I have found a possible issue I intend to investigate further tonight.
For the time being, as an example here are two shots taken. In one it operates fine whereas in the other it’s as if NightMode is not engaging for the full 10sec despite this being manually selected.
 

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ToddH

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I have only had the phone a few days and last night was the first time I used the camera.
In this short time the only other issue is with notifications but clearly that is not related.

Thank you for your input, it is appreciated. Now that I have found a possible issue I intend to investigate further tonight.
For the time being, as an example here are two shots taken. In one it operates fine whereas in the other it’s as if NightMode is not engaging for the full 10sec despite this being manually selected.
That is weird!!! Definitely looks like a software bug. Maybe try restoring the device to factory settings and loading iOS 14.2.1 back on. I’m sure Apple support may suggest the same thing. This is done through iTunes on the desktop computer. Otherwise I’d give Apple tech support a call and explain the issues and maybe make an appointment at the nearest Apple store if it needs to be replaced. Let us know what you find out...
 
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Beards

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That is weird!!! Definitely looks like a software bug. Maybe try restoring the device to factory settings and loading iOS 14.2.1 back on. I’m sure Apple support may suggest the same thing. This is done through iTunes on the desktop computer. Otherwise I’d give Apple tech support a call and explain the issues and maybe make an appointment at the nearest Apple store if it needs to be replaced. Let us know what you find out...
Thanks Todd, Factory reset will be my last resort but without doubt I will consider it.
It is obviously not a hardware issue as it clears if I close the phone down completely then restart; only to fail again after a few shots. Definitely looks like software.... If it continues again tonight I will raise it with Apple.
 

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have you gone into settings > camera and toggle off the "prioritize faster shooting"? i read that that could degrade quality when shooting pics right after another.
 
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Thanks Todd, Factory reset will be my last resort but without doubt I will consider it.
It is obviously not a hardware issue as it clears if I close the phone down completely then restart; only to fail again after a few shots. Definitely looks like software.... If it continues again tonight I will raise it with Apple.
I am sure that you have done this...but have you hard reboot: press volume UP, press volume DOWN, and then press & HOLD POWER until white apple symbol?
 

Beards

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I am sure that you have done this...but have you hard reboot: press volume UP, press volume DOWN, and then press & HOLD POWER until white apple symbol?
have you gone into settings > camera and toggle off the "prioritize faster shooting"? i read that that could degrade quality when shooting pics right after another.
Yes thanks, did the power reboot to kill any corruption.

The camera settings was my first port of call but thanks for the suggestion.

What I have found is if there is a’ glimmer’ of light (enough to see clearly) it works fine but if the lighting is right down it only works for the first few shots (maximum I found has been five shots) then although you have 10 seconds selected and it counts down from 10 to 0 it only produces a shot worthy of a3 second shot.
It’s as if it ignores the 10 second rule and overrides with a 3 second, despite all manual indications showing 10 seconds.
 
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