iPhone 13 Photos Blurry, Low Quality, Too Processed? (Fix!)

iPhone 13 photos blurry issue

iPhone 13 photos blurry issue

Are iPhone 13 photos blurry? Do they look as if they’ve been oil painted during post-processing? You’re owning the most advanced iPhone Camera ever built but the photos shoot with your brand new device are unnatural? Users also label it as the iPhone 13 water color issue!

iPhone 13 Photos Blurry And Low Quality?

An important number of complaints have started surfacing online about the low quality of pictures shot with the new iPhone 13 and 13 Pro low quality photos oil panting issue:
iphone 13 pro oil painted photo issue

  • On Reddit an user has posted a side-by-side comparison with the same subject snapped with an iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 11 showing that the older device is capturing more natural photos!
  • Fact: The thread has over 3000 upvotes, which shows that many agree with this claim!

  • On Apple’s Discussion Forums an user complained that he shot a baby photo shot with an iPhone 13 Pro Max that’s extremely blurry. The same subject was also captured with an iPhone 11 Pro Max. The difference is huge!
  • Fact: there are almost 1000 other people that have reported the ‘I have this question too’ button, which shows that this blurry photos issue is widespread!

Update (August 22)

iPhone 13 Pro Low Quality Photos

The “oil painted” image uploaded below has been shot a couple of days ago by our staff on an iPhone 13 Pro running iOS 16 Public Beta 4:

iPhone 13 Pro low quality photo

iPhone 13 Pro low quality photo in low light.

How To Fix iPhone 13 Blurry Photos

Apple might have to address this issue in an upcoming software update, but until then you should try the following workarounds and let us know if they help out:

1. Disable Auto Macro

how to disable Macro Photos on iPhone 13 pro
The blurry photos on iPhone 13 can be caused by the new Macro mode, that automatically kicks-in when you approach the subject. A glitch might prevent the photo to be taken with the appropriate lens.

Since iOS 15.1 you can disable Auto Macro in: Settings -> Camera -> Auto Macro.

2. Turn Off Lens Correction

how to turn off lens correction on iPhone 13
Another setting that can cause iPhone 13 low quality photos is Lens Correction. It’s role is to correct lens distortion for the front and ultra wide cameras. If it glitches out it might cause the blurry photos issue.

The option is automatically enabled in iOS 15. Disable it and check if it makes a difference.

How to: Browse for Settings -> Camera -> Lens Correction.

3. Use Standard Photographic Style

how to use standard photographic style
Photographic styles is an exclusive iPhone 13 & 13 Pro feature. It allows you to opt from one of five presets that automatically adds or decreases Tone and Warmth settings of a picture. All this is done post-processing.

Yes, if they aren’t fine tuned enough they might lead to oil painted photos! My recommendation is to stick with the Standard style for now, which maintains the default look captured by the iPhone Camera.

How To: In Settings -> Camera tap on Photographic Styles and swipe for Standard Style. Tap Use “Standard”. Does it make a difference?

4. Disable ‘View Full HDR’

disable view Full HDR in photos
Some users have complained that pictures display blurry in the Photos app. Apparently, this can be fixed by disabling the ‘View Full HDR’ setting. This option is used to allow the iPhone display to show the complete dynamic range of photos.

How to: Browse for Settings -> Photos and turn OFF ‘View Full HDR’, available in the HDR section.

5. Use Third-Party Camera App

halide camera app for iPhone 13
Last but not least, you can use a third-party app to snap photos with your iPhone. One that I recommend is Halide:
Download and install Halide from the App Store. (direct link)

Fact: This app comes with a 7-day free trial. After that you have to pay a monthly or yearly subscription. You also have the option to purchase the app, if you don’t like subscriptions.

Have you managed to fix the iPhone 13 blurry photos issue? Did the above tips help? Do you have a better solution? Use the comments section to share your thoughts.

Related: Check out more fixes for other common iPhone 13 problems:
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