updated 05:12 pm EDT, Sun October 7, 2012
'Most small cameras' can experience flare according to Apple
Apple has acknowledged and responded to some user complaints that the camera on the iPhone 5 can display a purple flare on captured images in some situations. The iPhone maker responded in a post on Apple's support page today, largely dismissing the problem, but giving users some advice on how to avoid the issue. The problem, according to Apple, is not particular to the iPhone 5, as Apple contends that "most small cameras" experience the issue under some conditions.
Apple's post addresses "a purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot" that appears "from out-of-scene bright light sources during still images or video capture." The company says that the problem is typical to most small cameras, "including those in every generation of iPhone," and that it occurs when a light source is positioned at an angle causing a reflection off surfaces inside the camera.
The company recommends that users move the camera slightly to change the angle at which the light source causing the discoloration hits the camera sensor. Alternately, users can shield the lens with their hands in order to lessen or eliminate the effect.