A few weeks ago, early iPhone 5 adopters started complaining of a purple haze in their photos taken with the handset. Apple responded to the issue, saying that users could remedy this by repositioning the phone.

But if that isn’t good enough for you, you might be interested to hear that Fotodiox, an Illinois-based case-maker, has created an iPhone 5 case that it claims will eliminate the purple flare. Meet the camHoodie…

CNET points to the new cover, which places a piece of rubber over the iPhone’s iSight lens to help keep stray light from coming in. It’s this extra light that causes the purple flare to show up in still photos and videos.

Of course, as several folks have pointed out, most cameras and lenses are susceptible to this problem. Consumer Reports says that it’s experienced comparable issues in Android handsets like the Galaxy S III.

For what it’s worth, the camHoodie certainly looks like it would make a difference in your iPhone photos. But using it would mean you’d have to put a case on the handset, which would cover up its gorgeous design.

To each their own, though. And if the purple lens flare problem is really bugging you, this looks like a decent solution. If you’re interested, you can pre-order the camHoodie from Fotodiox’s website for $24.95.


  • R N

    Apple should supply those for free like they did with their iPhone 4.

    • Qiren_94

      Except that the bumper cases for the iPhone 4 were made by Apple while this case isn’t.

      • R N

        you think i didn’t know that? i am saying, apple should do the same they did with iphone 4 bumpers

      • Qiren_94

        What I’m trying to say is “how can they give something which they don’t produce?”

      • @dongiuj

        I think this person is saying that apple should supply a cover no matter if it’s an apple one or another company’s one. Apple need to deal with their mistakes.

      • So your saying Apple, who can not control the laws of physics, should provide a case for a problem which is down the the laws of physics and exists in some form in every lens. Although has gained attention because it is a sought after device upon which any negative points a pounced on by media and trolls alike
        BTW, I am a photographer and have caught lens flare with lenses costing almost as much as the iPhone on a camera body that cost more than an iPhone.
        If its a problem, return it and say you are not satisfied. Apple will then sell phones to people who want them

  • Still waiting for my iPhone 5. Hurry the fuck up apple! Off subject lol.

    • Johnathan Jennings

      Haha I got mine on the 21st bitch.

      • So did 5 million people including me. So don’t feel too special.

  • Robzy

    Looks crap. I can already see vignetting occurring despite the photos above being cropped.

  • Why has the top picture got so many notifications?

    • Not everybody reads all their notifications.

  • Max

    Lets Hope It fix the issue anyway I’m still busy on playing planet Burn on i4

  • Damn guy someone important is calling n texting you pick up the phone n look at the email off subject lol

  • @dongiuj

    “Apple responded to the issue, saying that users could remedy this by repositioning the phone.”
    They mean by not taking the photo how YOU want to take it.
    “You’re holding it wrong” again.

    • This lens flare issue is something common with all lenses, even expensive lenses will produce lens flare under certain conditions. The reposition the phone, works just as well as reposition the camera. To avoid the flare you can shield the edge of the lens (as the case above does) or avoid shooting into/towards a light source (not always practical)

      As for the case above, it shield the edge so much it introduces darkened corners (as seen in the sample image)

      • @dongiuj

        Never had this problem with any of my DSLR cameras nor any of my previous iphones.

      • You’re stupid. This occurs even on lenses that cost over 1000$.
        If you never had this problem you eithet don’t own any camera at all or don’t shoot pictures with it. Lens flare is a common thing.

      • @dongiuj

        Ok then, i’m “stupid”. I would love to have shown you a photo i took on my iphone 5 with a strong bright purple light in a night shot that right across the center of the photo.
        Yep, you nailed it. I’m “stupid”.

      • from what you have described you have a case of flare in that photo, although I wouldnt mind taking a look at the photo

        a night shot, which means low light and the camera boosting the ISO which amplifies any flare that may have been caught by the lens, doesnt help that is it not exposing for the light source but the subject which is likely to be considerably darker (light dissipates very quickly)
        Perhaps I should have mentioned more clearly that flare can occur from any light source that is in the frame.

      • @dongiuj

        Wish i could send it to you. It was mental, i’ve never experienced light like that photo had on any photo i’ve ever taken in my life.
        The unfortunate thing is that i deleted it as soon as i saw it.
        I’ve taken many photos on previous iphones in the same location in the same light and never had this happen.

      • There is no reason to call him stupid, it is a common factor although is much easier to avoid with the larger cameras.

  • Rodney Coleman

    A case really???. Yall are such lames

  • SimonReidy

    If I wanted all my photos to be vignetted I’d use Instagram. Not buy an expensive case that adds it to every single photo (ruining, not improving the majority of photos, given the purple lens flare problem is so rare in real world use). Look how bad the “improved” photo looks in the top left corner.