Now that the iPhone 6 is out I was curious how it handled similar shooting situations. Tonight I went for a run at Crissy Field towards the Golden Gate Bridge and took some photos when I reached the Warming Hut pier.
Lens flare is better but it’s still there and prominent enough that you may have to alter your shooting angle or do some post processing to remove it. There was always a small green dot in the frame that moved around depending on where the sun was. (See the videos below)
I took a photo with 3 different photo apps to confirm that it was something inherent with the camera and not something that the software was doing.
I also shot a short video and you can follow the green dot as the sun moves across the frame.
I’m not surprised that the phone does this and I think it mostly handles bright light well for such a small camera but it’s something to keep in mind.