Michael published the review of the HTC One M8 last Tuesday. In his time with it, he snapped dozens – maybe even hundreds – of photos, not only because that’s protocol when reviewing a phone, but for two important, additional reasons: the Duo Camera is a primary feature of the M8, and its camera, especially the resolution, has been a controversial topic since the phone was made official.
I’ve voiced my opinion about it. I wasn’t impressed, based on what Michael and many other first-round reviewers had posted. The camera seemed gimmicky, the images it produces are often noisy and lack comparable detail to its competition, and the Duo Camera, as cool as it is in theory, doesn’t work as well in practice the majority of the time. Let me be clear, though. When it works, it works well, and you can do some pretty cool things with it.
I digress, a depth sensor plus a questionable 4-megapixel sensor, for me, doesn’t offset the need or desire for a higher-resolution camera in a day and age where 13- to 20-megapixels is the norm, 4K is a budding technology, and some smartphones (and many tablets) have QHD displays.
No less, I told the team I wanted to do something when I received the M8. I wanted to try to take the best shots possible and take some of Michael’s choice pictures to share with you before I publish our review of the Verizon-equipped HTC One M8, much like we did after a weekend with the Lumia 1020.
I’ve had it since Tuesday, and I’ve been snapping photos left and right ever since.
Below you will find our pick of the crop of dozens of HTC M8 images, with a few examples of Duo Camera thrown in for good measure. Are they worthy? Is the M8’s camera good enough? Michael’s weighed his opinion, I’m still forming mine, but this is a great opportunity for you to decide. Take a look.
So how is the One M8 camera? Believe it or not, we’re still not done testing it. I’m taking the weekend to shoot as many pictures as I can with it. And I’ll be digging deep into the software, camera features, and all other aspects of the phone. As for the camera, so far, I’m still torn. I wish it were a higher-resolution. I always will. But all things considered, it is capable of taking some cool shots with effects that not just any camera can do.
While I wrap up my thoughts on the camera, what do you think? Tell us in the comments section below!