Spots in pictures

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  1. jjk454ss, Apr 18, 2015
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    jjk454ss macrumors 601

    jjk454ss

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    I'm curious as to what these spots might be. It's a new phone, so I want to make sure it's not an issue. I don't have a way to circle the spot, but it's obvious:

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  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Although they don't look like lense flair, do they appear in pictures without the sun? Other than that it's probably a fault in the sensor. As its new, take it back to where you purchased it from.
     
  3. jjk454ss thread starter macrumors 601

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    Just with the sun from what I can tell. Haven't taken many pics yet, but don't see an issue with others:

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  4. dwig macrumors 6502

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    It is definitely a reflection in the lens system and its cover glass. This type of reflection, not true "optical flare", is common with very bright light sources and lenses covered with a flat filter or protective cover glass. The reflections will be 180 degrees from the light source and roughly the same distance from the center of the image as the light source.

    When these occur with regular cameras that have a "protective UV filter" mounted the best fix is removing the filter. When that's not an option (e.g. not discovered until later, shot with a cell phone or tablet were the cover glass is permanently fixed) the fix is retouching.
     
  5. jjk454ss thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks, this is the info I'm looking for.
     
  6. Dranix macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm clearly lens flare. The lens in an phone is to simple to generate complex flares as a big slr-lens would.
     
  7. mgipe macrumors demi-god

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    Your answer is "spot-on"
     
  8. JarScott macrumors 601

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    100% just lens flare. You're shooting directly into the sun in both of those photos, you've got to expect lens flaring like that. Due to it being a small phone lens, the flares are tiny and you could remove them in seconds with most image editing softwares.
     
  9. Miltz macrumors 6502a

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    All my iphone pictures have that issue when a strong light source is involved. As others have already stated it's a reflection from the cover glass. Probably the worst I've seen in a iPhone. My previous models didn't have such a strong issue with it, but it is easy to remove. Enjoy your new phone.
     

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