IPhone 12: cameras take photos with blue tint and weird colors
IPhones seem to suffer from a color management problem when taking pictures using the rear cameras, since they seem to be bluish and cannot handle HDR in all situations.
Even though iPhones are generally benchmarks when it comes to photography, they are far from perfect and don’t yet compete with the best Android smartphones on the market. Indeed, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is only ranked 10th in DXOMARK’s photo ranking.
Our colleagues from Phonearena looked at these results and found that a problem often came up in the photos of the iPhone 12, since the colors seem to draw blue. As can be seen in the image above, the photo is far from natural. The photo appears to have been taken with a blue filter.
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IPhone 12 cannot manage Smart HDR
Smart HDR, powered by Apple’s A14 chip, is an algorithm that allows the smartphone to dynamically apply HDR to a snapshot, for preserving details and colors, but above all the exposure. It is precisely this functionality that seems to have some problems, as can be seen in the pictures below.
On the left, in the snapshot captured with an iPhone 12 Pro, we notice that the sky is white, or “burnt”, rather than being blue as in the photo on the right taken with a Huawei Mate 40 Pro. In this scenario with a very contrasted scene, the iPhone 12 Pro is therefore not able to capture the extent of the dynamic range of the scene being photographed..
We also find this problem in the photo above. The smartphone tries so hard to preserve the color and detail of the sky that it gives the whole shot a blue tint. So it seems that the smartphone is making a choice between a correct exposure of the sky (at the risk of applying a blue tint to the rest of the photo) and a correct exposure of the subject resulting in an overexposed sky.
Apple will likely fix this problem with the next generation iPhone 13, which should be presented on September 14th and then available on September 17th. Indeed, we know that these new models will benefit from larger and more efficient photo sensors, and a more powerful A15 processor which, we hope, will be able to better manage the Smart HDR functionality.