iPhone camera performance degrades if exposed to motorcycle vibrations

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High Amplitude vibrations can degrade your iPhone camera, specifically the ones generated by high-power motorcycle engines. This was as per a new post on Apple’s support forum.

The company recommends against mounting an iPhone on a motorcycle, as the vibrations may be transmitted via the bike’s handlebars and chassis.

The company explains that the OIS and closed-loop AF systems in iPhone‘s camera system can degrade in performance if subjected to high amplitude vibrations and this will lead to reduced image quality for photos and videos.

Apple recommends avoiding exposing your iPhone to extended high-amplitude vibrations, as in the case of an iPhone mounted on a bike.


High-power or high-volume motorcycle engines generate intense high-amplitude vibrations, which are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars. It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate. Attaching your iPhone to vehicles with small-volume or electric engines, such as mopeds and scooters, may lead to comparatively lower-amplitude vibrations, but if you do so a vibration dampening mount is recommended to lessen the risk of damage to your iPhone and its OIS and AF systems. It is also recommended to avoid regular use for prolonged periods to further lessen the risk of damage.

Apple Post

The iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and all iPhones since the iPhone 7 have both optical image stabilization and closed-loop autofocus (as noted by MacRumors, the first outlet to spot the Apple support post). Both features are also vulnerable to magnetic interference from some iPhone accessories, Apple warned earlier this year, but removing the accessories should take care of that issue.

Also, Apple has suggested that if you are going to mount your iPhone to a bike, you should use a vibration-dampening mount to reduce the risk of damage to your phone’s camera system.

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