Now that we know more about the freshly-announced HTC One (M8), one major question lingers: how has HTC improved its much-maligned UltraPixel camera? We’ve been told that it is a new sensor with new hardware, but does the old issues still crop up?
At the HTC One (M8) sneak preview held in Kuala Lumpur last week, we managed to capture several sample images using HTC’s latest flagship. Unfortunately, due to the controlled nature of the event we weren’t able to test it out beyond the indoor samples below. All images were taken using Auto mode, with some captured with flash for comparison:
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As the images above show, the new HTC One’s UltraPixel shooter is capable of producing some pretty decent shots. However, some shots appear to be overexposed, especially those with warm lighting. Close-up shots, however, had very good colour reproduction, and details were well preserved too, despite the low resolving power of the sensor.
And while we’re at it, here’s a quick selfie with the 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera:
The front-facing camera by default enables a 3-second timer, which is pretty convenient. On top of that, a simple swipe-down gesture on the camera app will switch between the front and rear cameras. And as can be seen from the above image, the wide-angle lens easily captures everyone in a small room.
Unfortunately, these images cannot be “refocused”, or have their focus points changed. Images can only have their focus points changed when viewed on the HTC One (M8), as it requires the UFocus feature. The same goes for the Dimension Plus feature, which needs some software wizardry. However, you can view a demo of them in action here: