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Why does my phone camera make pictures look purple?

Asked by mangeons (12203points) December 14th, 2011

My phone camera, on the normal color setting, often makes things look purple. I’ve had people tell me they thought I had purple hair, or that a black shirt was purple. It even makes my christmas tree look purplish! Any reason it might be doing this, and any ways I could fix it? I’ve never had this problem with a phone before.

It’s a Samsung Intensity II for Verizon, if that helps at all.

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whitetigress's avatar

It’s actually a scale of blue. Camera phones are crap to say it straight forward, especially in dimlight settings. It doesn’t have great iso reads. It doesn’t have great much of anything. It might be ok for a detail shot, like 5 inches away from the subject.

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YARNLADY's avatar

Ha, Ha, mine makes everything look yellow. Weird, huh?

mangeons's avatar

@whitetigress Maybe this is a better example of what I’m talking about. There’s a fine amount of light and everything, and yet my black shirt clearly looks blue or purple here. It does this with my hair, anything black, and a number of other things. I know phone cameras aren’t the best quality, but I’ve never had this problem even with older phones, and everyone else thinks it’s strange too.

lillycoyote's avatar

The Samsung Intensity II apparently comes with five white balance presets, six color effects, and three quality settings.

Here’s some information on white balancing and here’s a little bit more. I don’t really know anything about this phone, but I would experiment with the white balancing presets and color effects under different lighting conditions and see how those work. Taking a picture of a Christmas tree can be a little tricky.

Mariah's avatar

From what I’ve noticed with cameras in genenral, blue/purple colors tend to happen under fluorescent lights. The fluorescent setting on my camera adds a yellowish tone to the pictures to balance that out. Maybe search for a setting like that on your phone’s camera?

mangeons's avatar

@Mariah I tried all of the other settings (sunny, cloudy, fluorescent, tungsten) and auto is still the best by far. I just can’t figure what’s off about it, since the auto setting is supposed to have the best white balance for each specific lighting/picture.

whitetigress's avatar

Cloudy setting should’ve done ze trick. It’s setting made to illuminate red spectrum and not blue

mangeons's avatar

@whitetigress The cloudy setting on my phone ends up making the whole picture look yellow.

whitetigress's avatar

@mangeons Strange… Well I’m using my Optimus V by LG. On my White Balance options, Daylight and Cloudy turn low light indoor night time photos red,orange,yellow…(like the walls near the subject) My purple and blues are Incandescant and Auto (which is detected dimlights and brings out the blues)

lillycoyote's avatar

If you have experimented with all the available settings and options on your phone’s camera, then you may have to just accept that that is what you are going to get. It is just a cell phone camera and that may be all you can get out of it; out of your particular phone’s camera.

mangeons's avatar

@lillycoyote Yeah, I’ve pretty much come to terms with the fact that I’ll just have to keep it on the auto setting and get over the fact that it makes my pictures look weird. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

lillycoyote's avatar

@mangeons I’m sorry I don’t have any better ideas. I wish I did. Maybe someone else does, but I don’t. :-(

mangeons's avatar

@lillycoyote No worries, it’s not your fault, obviously!

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