Apple’s advise to solve iPhone 5 camera purple flare problem

If you bought the iPhone 5, you may have noticed the occasional occurence of a purple flare on photos and videos captured by its camera.

In a post at its support page, Apple tackled the iPhone 5 camera’s purple flaring symptoms and offered an advise to address the issue.

“A purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture,” the company said.

“Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor,” Apple explained.

To avoid getting a purple flare, the company has this to say:

“Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.”

There are comments in tech blogs that this is a non-issue in earlier versions of the iPhone so people were thinking there’s something wrong with either the hardware or software.