HTC is out to show the world that it can make one helluva shooter. Gone are the “ultra-pixels” that we became so familiar with in the One M8, in are the industry-standard megapixels – in this case thirteen of them! And it’s not just the main camera either, HTC put 13 megapixels in the selfie camera on the front, too! While they’ve got the right numbers, how do they perform in real life?
We took our AT&T-branded HTC Desire EYE for a spin. It took a little while to get used to the main camera’s position in the very upper corner of the device. We found a finger blocking the viewfinder on more than one occasion, and even grabbed some very nice shots of blurry fingers in the process. Before long we had our fingers out of the way and were snapping shots of all kinds of things.
HTC Desire EYE Camera Samples
When using the main camera on the HTC Desire EYE, stills were crisp and clear, and colors were vibrant and more accurately reproduced the images than the HTC One E8 could. Blurry pictures were the exception rather than the rule, and usually were the result of focusing on something in the distance rather than an object in the foreground.
Pictures take in bright light looked best, as one would expect. Low-light without the flash was fair, but not outstanding.
HTC Desire EYE Selfie Samples
Of course, the main selling point of the Desire EYE is the 13MP front-facing “selfie camera”. Before we argue about whether or not selfies have any redeeming social value, keep in mind that this is the camera that you’ll be using for video hangouts, Skype calls, and Face unlocking. In each of those scenarios, a high-resolution selfie camera is very beneficial – and the Desire EYE doesn’t disappoint.
HTC Desire EYE Video Samples
Although the videos captured with the HTC Desire EYE were fairly accurate when reproducing colors, they weren’t very stabilized and seemed to be less smooth than other cameras we’ve used lately. Granted, you might expect some vibration in video filmed from a helicopter, but walking around in one’s own front yard? That disappointed us.
It should be noted that whoever was responsible for washing the windows on that helicopter was delinquent in their duties. “The helo windows were dirty as fudge!”
While the cameras on the HTC Desire EYE aren’t perfect, they’re both very reasonable, and we really, really like having 13MP and a flash on the “selfie cam”. Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Keep your selfies tasteful.