HTC Desire Eye – review part 3 – the 2 x 13mp cameras

Yesterday,  I wrote about my general thoughts on the HTC Desire Eye. Today I am going to take a closer look at its rear and front cameras,  both of which are 13mp.

So below are some example photos. If you want to see the full size version just click on photo to jump to my Flickr account.

The historical Brentor Church, Brentor, Dartmoor #HTCDesireEye

A mess of small branches and a green leaf #macro #HTCDesireEye

The Viaduct at Tavistock, Devon #HTCDesireEye

The legendary Brentor Church,  Brentor, Dartmoor #HTCDesireEye

I was very pleased with the above photos. However, less explore further. HTC provide a comprehensive camera app that has many options. So first up is the default display on the camera app. To take a photo press the shutter hardware button or on screen shutter icon.


Tapping the 3 dots bottom right brings up the options, which include all the different modes, white balance, exposure, filters and tricks and different camera modes part 2.


So tapping the AUTO button brings up options from HDR, Panoramic, Video SloMo, Macro, Landscape, Full Manual and more.



So pressing M for manual provides finer controls from white balance, shutter speed, ISO and exposure. If you create your own manual setting you can save this as a permanent camera shooting mode.


There is also the option of using voice control to take a photo. I found this fairly sensitive and ended up taking a few more photos than needed. But no hardship really.


For the more creative type, there is filters to choose before you take your photo. It is worth exploring these as the options are quirky and even have a depth of field filter which works really well.


I mentioned camera modes. HTC include several by default

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The selfie mode using the front camera, photo booth provides 4 front selfies in one pic, and split mode uses the front and back cameras at the same time. All work rather well and are fun. However, if you have been tweaking the camera settings you could save the setup, and the new camera mode would feature in the list.

So those are all the camera app options, lets look at the editing, video highlights and Zoe.


Select a photo in the Gallery app, and then edit. From here you can edit your photo will all the usual tools form cropping, adding text, rotating and more.


The photo editing app also includes a number of decent frames too.


The selection of filters is commendable too. I found I could really personalise my photos and make them shine or stand out before sharing.


And then you get so a feature that I so love with the HTC Desire Eye. Automatic video highlights. You take video and photos. The phone then collates the events into a video highlight all by itself. Just tap on the top highlight photo and it opens up all the options.


The video highlights section automatically chooses a theme and background music and takes a selection of video and your photos from an event and compiles them into a 30 second clip. The themes add special effects .


You can add your own music too, as well as remove video/photos or add as well to create your masterpiece.


You can then share these using all the usual methods or via HTC’s Zoe social network. I have many video highlights created on my HTC One M8/M7 phones and to this day they prove great memories. The fact that they were created in the background is a pleasure too. However, it seems with the Desire Eye, you create and save the video highlight. You then have to upload it to the Zoe network and from there you can download a copy. It uses 16 photos maximum to create a 30 seconds clip around 14mb in size. With the HTC One M7 or M8 you could save a video highlight without sharing, so maybe I am missing something here.

So what about the video and photo quality of these cameras. In good light they take reasonable shots. In low light they struggle sometimes. Focusing in low light is not always easy. Selfies shots are good but flash will be needed in low light. In pitch darkness I could still take a selfie due to the front flash unit. But then how many phones do you know that have a 13mp front camera with flash. I would overall describe the cameras as average quality. I have used better and also much worse. However, it is all the photo editing options that compensate and when shared on social networks will looks just fine.

In fact the video highlights being instantly created is pretty cool. On Sunday 25th January 2015, I shared a number of my dogs jumping and leaping on their walk across Dartmoor. Have a look at my twitter @gavinfabiani to see these. To see my HTC Desire Eye Flickr album, click here

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