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    Default HTC One (M8) camera discussion

    They say it will be < 300 ms focus time, the new background blur feature, and also just the camera itself with field of depth. I personally liked the blur effect feature but I am also curious how it will handle moving objects. I know Samsung can have issues with blurry photos (from experience)... not all the time but it does happen usually with moving objects.

    What do you guys think about it?
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    If this really does take awesome low light and less blurred pics, that sells me right there!
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    Without seeing it in person, and just watching the live stream, it looks outstanding. I'm glad to see that some of it is hardware and not just software filters and effects. My One camera is great - this looks to be so much better.
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    I had no issues with the camera on my HTC One (when I had it) except for one thing ... sometimes in high light situations it would cause the picture be all washed out looking. Like.. when taking a picture of my dog near the window the whole window would just be a huge white square.

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    3 reviews that I've read, AC's, the Verge and PA still slag the One's camera for lack of MP, especially in outdoor pics. Such a shame they didnt correct his obvious deficiency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madlaw1071 View Post
    3 reviews that I've read, AC's, the Verge and PA still slag the One's camera for lack of MP, especially in outdoor pics. Such a shame they didnt correct his obvious deficiency.
    Add in Gizmodo and Engadget. :-(

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    Yea... I know that cramming too many "megapixels" into small sensor is not a very good thing but they should've definitely increased it for extra detail, especially for people who view photos on large high-DPI monitors and TVs (which will be more common over next years). Also, if I'm not mistaken - they took away optical image stabilization completely? Why? It's very useful to have when filming videos on the move :-/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thegreatone3 View Post
    Add in Gizmodo and Engadget. :-(

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    And GSMArena
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    The Engadget review in my opinion spoke very highly of the camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honestabebread View Post
    The Engadget review in my opinion spoke very highly of the camera.

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    The reviews I've seen speak highly of the camera features and interface but uniformly point out that the lack of MP hurts picture detail and the camera trails its higher MP rivals and for no reason other than corporate dedication to "UltraPixel".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honestabebread View Post
    The Engadget review in my opinion spoke very highly of the camera.

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    I read this more as glass half empty than half full:

    "Photos taken during the day turned out nearly identical to the original One. That's not a bad thing since we still love using that phone to take pictures, but it's disappointing that there wasn't much of an improvement in actual image quality. It seems that most of HTC's resources were spent on getting the Duo Camera ready for action. Ultimately, the One still takes great shots for viewing and sharing on your phone or other mobile device, but they aren't the kind of photos you'll be framing on your wall."


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    All of the reviews I've read so far point out the poor quality of the camera. Some even saying the Nexus 5 takes better pics.

    Really killed my excitement for this device and I don't know if I'll buy one now.
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    Yea... Engadget also said that the photos are more blurry than on Nokia model and they were also disappointed that there's no OIS anymore...

    Personally I'd rather see OIS and better overall image quality instead of gimmicks like "UFocus" or more megapixels for front camera for improved selfies (which I never take).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choorp View Post
    All of the reviews I've read so far point out the poor quality of the camera. Some even saying the Nexus 5 takes better pics.

    Really killed my excitement for this device and I don't know if I'll buy one now.
    I feel you. My N5 can be slow to focus sometimes and the UI stinks but it does take really sharp and detailed pics. Hard to step down from there.
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    Unfortunately the camera was a deal breaker for me. I had the first One and loved the phone but not the lack of zooming or blowing up pictures. A 6mp or 8mp would have been ideal and I feel like it wouldn't have made a size difference...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jtshurtleff View Post
    Unfortunately the camera was a deal breaker for me. I had the first One and loved the phone but not the lack of zooming or blowing up pictures. A 6mp or 8mp would have been ideal and I feel like it wouldn't have made a size difference...


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    Doubling the MP UP would have made a huge difference on the size of the sensor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrblueskys View Post
    Doubling the MP would have made a huge difference on the size of the sensor.
    But wouldn't it have been worth it?


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    But enough to make the phone bigger? The camera is recessed into the phone already assuming it's the same size as the M7. I doubt it would purtrude from the phone.


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    Wow, GSMArena destroys HTC:

    "Unfortunately, we can't avoid the elephant in the room that is the One's (M8) camera setup. After the UltraPixel backfired last year, you would've thought the company would go for a safer option this time around. Fewer but bigger instead of more but smaller pixels sounded great on paper but the company underdelivered and all the supposed advantages of the bigger pixels simply weren't there, demoting the original HTC One to an also-ran in the cameraphone race.

    They are back for another round this year, but unfortunately, we doubt the same 4MP sensor will take them any further. If last year's move brought them a financial bruise or two, it's only going to get uglier this year.
    You see, last year, about the time the HTC One was announced (February 2013), most competitors still had 8MP cameras with the Xperia Z being the only one with 13MP (image quality wasn't much better than an 8MP camera anyway).
    The year was soon to bring a huge improvement in cameraphones though. The Lumia 1020 brought its 41 MP PureView tech to the table and Nokia followed it up with a couple of 20MP devices (Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520). The Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 all came forward in 2013 with mature, high-quality 13M cameras on board. Sony went even further and by now, it has introduced not one, but three 20MP smartphones (Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z2).
    That's not all. Top-of-the-shelf smartphones in 2014 all record 4K video (Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, LG G Pro 2, Sony Xperia Z2). And they are certainly not kidding around, image and video quality is awesome.
    And what has the HTC One got? There is an improved 4MP camera, overcomplicated hardware trickery, which is only used for the trivial task of adding image effects in post-processing, and 1080p video recording. That's all. Even last year's optical image stabilization - a key selling feature - is now gone.
    We love the metal body and the gorgeous display of the old and new HTC One. But if HTC found it to be a hard sell last year, they haven't seen anything. This year, the 4MP camera will be even harder to get away with.
    If you think we're too hard on the HTC One (M8) think again. Camera comparisons with the other flagships are something the One will have to deal with. And they won't be any less tough. Then again, if all your shots end up in Facebook, this might not matter all that much to you. And the new 5MP front-facer certainly can certainly do wonders for your selfies."
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    Wow they did slam them for it.. Hard..

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    To me, its seems like the only thing going for the M8 is the metal design which is beautiful! Bummer about the camera and quality of pics. I guess I'll be waiting for the LG G3 now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almeuit View Post
    Wow they did slam them for it.. Hard..

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    They're spot on about the camera comparisons though. It was brutal last year and will be again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrooveRite View Post
    To me, its seems like the only thing going for the M8 is the metal design which is beautiful! Bummer about the camera and quality of pics. I guess I'll be waiting for the LG G3 now.
    It has a lot going for it IMO, like what they've done with Sense, the speakers are more usable and BlinkFeed is improved. BUT, the camera will be a deal breaker for many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrblueskys View Post
    Doubling the MP UP would have made a huge difference on the size of the sensor.
    Yea, but I'd gladly trade the slightly increased physical thickness of the phone (all of the current flagship models from every brand are already insanely thin) for better picture quality, and I think I wouldn't be the only one. And they could've easily compensated for increased sensor size by simply removing the gimmicky secondary camera :-P

    Oh well... Hopefully they'll eventually come to their senses and release the model with a really better camera... Perhaps in new HTC One mini model :-/ Otherwise I'll be waiting for some other manufacturer (perhaps Motorola?) to bring some meaningful camera improvements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrooveRite View Post
    To me, its seems like the only thing going for the M8 is the metal design which is beautiful! Bummer about the camera and quality of pics. I guess I'll be waiting for the LG G3 now.
    The screen, speakers, and the rest of the device looks pretty great. The camera was the big thing I was looking for though. I guess I'm sticking with my Nexus 5 for a little while longer!
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