Flaregate: Would an Apple-Zeiss iPhone 14 fix the biggest iPhone 12 camera problem, if iPhone 13 doesn't?7
What is Flaregate: iPhone 12's biggest camera problem?
- Take photos and (especially) videos in mid-low light situations
- Point the camera towards a bright light source such as street lights, signs, windows, etc.
- Use the primary or zoom cameras on the iPhone 12 series of phones
- A whole bunch of reflections, some of which so strong that they appear like dots and an entire filter over the image
- A completely ruined image (sometimes unusable)
Except for a cosmetic change, which tells you that "this is the newest iPhone", this might have something to do with the lens reflections. That would be, of course, if the camera arrangement were the cause of this problem in the first place.
However, it's likely that the iPhone 13 series will come with very similar camera specs to those of the iPhone 12, save for the new ultra-wide-angle camera, which is said to gather 40% more light (a much-needed upgrade).
If that's the case, unfortunately, there's a chance flaregate might persist and stick around for another generation of iPhones, which would certainly be a deal-breaker for certain content creators, who rely on the iPhone as their main camera for photos and videos. There are several YouTubers who've openly expressed their concerns on the topic.
iPhone 14: Would an Apple-Zeiss camera partnership solve the iPhone's lens flare issues?
What if! What if the just-leaked iPhone 14 is the iPhone to look forward to if you don't want to deal with flaregate. Granted, we don't know much about the iPhone 14 at this stage, except, of course, the supposed design of the device - a punch hole replaces the notch; titanium frame, rounded volume buttons, reminiscent of the iPhone 4, and of course - no camera bump!
Previous leaks say that the iPhone 14 expected to bring a brand new 48MP primary camera. A periscope zoom camera for the iPhone 14 series is also in the talks, but this might either be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro Max or simply arrive a year later for the iPhone 15 series.
What about flaregate? Well, if hardware really is the issue, there's a tried and proven recipe for dealing with lens flaring on smartphones. Apple simply hasn't discovered it... yet. The answer? Zeiss.
However, we don't have to wait in order to find out how effective the Zeiss partnership is! Vivo's current flagship devices, the X60 Pro and X60 Pro+, both carry the same Zeiss branding. Unlike other partnerships, which seemingly are just for show, in this case, Zeiss has provided special lens coating for Vivo's phones.
It's called the Zeiss T*, and it's specifically designed to help guide the transmission of light through the camera lens. The Zeiss coating reduces ghosting and the unwanted light reflections in photos, which hold the iPhone 12 cameras back. As a nice bonus, Vivo phones can shoot portraits with "that swirly bokeh effect" - a recreation of the iconic ZEISS Biotar Portrait Style. But that's not the focus for today.