A lot is going on about the iPhone 5, some say that once you hold it you can’t let it go, others are feeling bad about missing features, the maps problems, and so forth.
One of the reported issues surpised me: “When shooting a strong light source, like the sun, a purple haze may appear in the image.”
Some site already pointed out that this is probably not an issue with the iPhone 5, so I will not go deep into it (click the image for such an article at appleinsider), but I do want to remind the obvious – and it effects video shots (including Flixwagon live broadcasting ):
If you ever even read something about photography, whether old-style film, or digital, you know that unless very specific effect is desired, and in the hands of a skilled photographer, you should never point your camera to a strong light source, not to mention, the sun. Photographs and videos including a strong light source will suffer from many problems, both due to the effect of the light on the lens, but also due a problematic metering of light on the rest of the image (the parts that are not the Sun).
The camera (or phone) tries to evaluate how much light should be put in the frame, and as the sun is so bright, it basically makes everything much darker. The sun will still show up as white though.
You have the opposite effect when you try to photograph the moon without manual setup – the image is typically black and the camera increases the brightness to the level that the moon appears as a round white ball.
So…you might come up with many reasons not to get the iPhone 5, but don’t let the purple haze be one of them!