What are Green Orbs in iPhone Videos? 2023
Green orbs can appear sometimes on videos taken with iPhones, wondering what are they and if you can do something about it? Here is what you need to know.
A green orb appears on iPhone videos when the light is reflecting on the glass protecting the camera sensor. If you can’t remove it unless you turn of the light, there are a few tricks to reduce it.
Why do green orbs appear in some iPhone videos?
Sometimes, when you are taking a video using your iPhone, green orbs appear on the video but are not here in real life. It’s not magic, there is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. Green orbs appear due to the light reflecting on the glass protecting the camera sensor.
When the light passes through a glass, most of the light is not interrupted by the glass and continues its way as if nothing was there. However, a small portion of the light is impacted by the glass and gets a different trajectory than the main beam.
As a result, the camera captures the portion of light impacted by the glass as a green orb. Depending on the light source location and intensity, the green orb size can change. This issue is called a lens flare.
A lens flare is very common in videos, even the best professional camera will have a lens flare issue. A lens flare issue can also happen when you are taking a photo with your iPhone. Even the best professional camera will have lens flare issues when a light is in the field of view.
If you won’t be able to completely remove the green orb, there are a few things that can reduce it.
How to avoid having green orbs in iPhone videos?
Green orbs can really destroy the quality of a video, nobody wants to see them appearing without knowing what to do about it.
To avoid having green orbs in iPhone videos, you can:
- Remove the light from the field of view. The green orb appears because there is a light in the view field, or at least reflecting on the glass protecting the camera. By moving, or choosing a different angle for your video, you can avoid the light to reflect on the camera, and therefore remove the green orb from the video.
- Use a lens hood. It won’t remove the green orb if the light is in the field of view, but in cases where the light is not, but still reflecting on the camera, a lens hood will help you to avoid having a green orb on your videos. It works pretty well at sunrise or sunset for example.
- Remove the camera lens protector. Green orbs appear when the light is reflecting on the glass protecting the camera, by adding another layer of protection, you are making the issue worse. It’s another chance for the light to reflect just in front of the camera sensor, and it also impacts the quality of your videos.
Basically, each step described here to fix lens flare issues on photos taken with an iPhone, will also help you to avoid having a green orb in your iPhone videos.
A green orb appearing in your iPhone videos is a natural phenomenon, it’s definitely not a spirit orb or some other magic explanation, it’s only due to the light reflecting on your iPhone camera
It’s definitely not a spirit orb, it’s always due to light refraction.
If you want to improve the videos on your iPhone, think about improving the audio with an external mic.