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Supersonicbaron

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Sep 13, 2014
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I have a 1 month old iPhone 13 Pro Max. I was outside this evening testing the camera in low light and in each shot I get these yellow dots. I thought the camera lens had some dust - wiped it off and it still appears - any ideas?

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lostless

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Oct 22, 2005
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they are called lens flairs. Its a reflection in the lens from the city lights below.
Or your sensor is bad. They wont move around if that's the case, but be in the same place for every picture. Do they move around if you move the camera around?
 
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Supersonicbaron

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 13, 2014
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they are called lens flairs. Its a reflection in the lens from the city lights below.
Or your sensor is bad. They wont move around if that's the case, but be in the same place for every picture. Do they move around if you move the camera around?

Thanks for the response. They move around as I move the phone. I just googled lens flare, seems to be the issue that I’m experiencing. I used my wife’s iPhone 12 Pro and see the same results.

I’ve never been big into using the camera - never noticed this before. Thanks for the pointing me in the right direction.
 

shakopeemn

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Jul 29, 2014
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they are called lens flairs. Its a reflection in the lens from the city lights below.
Or your sensor is bad. They wont move around if that's the case, but be in the same place for every picture. Do they move around if you move the camera around?

Agreed, it is annoying especially with the improvements made with nighttime shots (although it's not exclusive to nighttime). Maybe a future IOS 22 will be able to compensate for the phenomenon... 🙃
 
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tedley

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Yup, lens flare. High contrast shots like dark skies and city lights can suffer from them more. You're doing right by moving the camera in an attempt to alter or eliminate. It's possible with all lenses, but is different with each.
 
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