Propeller photo taken with iPhone

This interesting effect is the result of the iPhone’s cheap camera:

The cheap CMOS sensor of an iPhone does not expose the whole thing at once, it scans from left to right. If you take a picture of something that moves very fast (like an airplane prop) you can get some crazy pictures out of it since each column represents a slightly different time.

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[Via Woosk]

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10 Responses to “Propeller photo taken with iPhone”

  1. fake Says:

    Fake. Propeller is never in those positions, even though the image processor would handle the image in segments.

  2. Meitzi Says:

    It is those positions. (if you take one vertical line, it is perfect) Try it yourself.

  3. Leeroy Says:

    Butthurt AppleFag detected.

  4. Ross youngblood Says:

    It’s not a fake, it’s an artifact of how the camera processes the image. I took some shots from my airplane the other day and get a venitian propeller.

  5. Dok Says:

    This explains the process pretty well:

    http://scalarmotion.wordpress.com/2009/03/15/propeller-image-aliasing/

  6. Jim Says:

    Doc is right..this effect, while interesting is highly undesirable to me..as it wrecks otherwise nice photos and videos, taking with our iPhone out the front window of the airplane.
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=131737&l=7f83cead11&id=100000024564852

  7. larrybud Says:

    Fake for sure. The shutter speed on the iPhone isn’t near clear enough to capture this, rolling shutter or not.

  8. Steven De Costa Says:

    Not fake, here is a video taken just the other day…

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