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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

Camera

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Main Camera Front Camera
12MP HTC Ultrapixel™ 2 (1.55μm pixel size) 5MP (1.34μm pixel size)
Laser autofocus Autofocus
BSI sensor BSI sensor
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
f/1.8 aperture, 26mm focal length f/1.8 aperture, 23mm focal length
Dual tone LED flash

HTC refines their approach to their flagship camera once again to give the HTC 10 a camera that can face off well against HTC’s competitors. OIS is now in both the front and main rear cameras, to ensure that even selfies are taken with rich clarity. The main rear camera now houses laser auto focus for taking sharp images even faster. There’s even larger aperture f/1.8 lenses on both the front and rear cameras. Both cameras use the latest generation of HTC Ultrapixels – for handling low light scenarios.

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For the front facing camera, the OIS led to nice and stable selfie shots. This worked particularly well with videos while in motion when using the front facing camera. The Ultrapixels played nicely in low light, letting you make last minute subtle tweaks to brightness as you focused your shot.

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As for the main camera, there has indeed been improvement in the capture of colors and light. Without having to dive into Pro mode, colorful settings are accurately captured with little to no tweaking. The laser focus worked nicely making images sharper faster. Day and well lit shots soared in quality.

Low light shots were also well-handled. At times the Ultrapixels worked too well, overcompensating in a very dark scenario with an overly brightened image. Being a stickler, it was the low light shots that made me want to swap to the Pro mode for further image refinement. Pro mode’s options allowed me to correct any gripes I had with the shot I was about to take, allowing for the perfect picture.

Videos came out very well, capturing both sound and motion beautifully, even in low light. Here are some videos taken at Quirin Con, featuring a mock lightsaber battle in low light and performances by the Triforce Quartet.

Easily these are the best cameras HTC has brought forward to date. While Pro mode understandably slows down your shooting as it would with any camera with similar functionality, I didn’t have to lean on it too much. We loved the shots we took and the cameras’ performance impressed. If there were any take-aways it would surprisingly be in the speed of the camera’s initial startup. It was a little slower than we would have liked and switching between photo and video took some getting used to. But once we were in the camera mode we wanted, we love what we captured.