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.

 

Michael

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Tortoise and Hare, Boston Copley Square
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Civil War Monument at Boston Public Library (Indoor, natural light)
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Boston Public Library
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Steam radiator with unique paint detail
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Men who are angry I’m not buying any grapes. (Overcast lighting, outdoors)
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Flower, indoors under fluorescents
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Padlock at MBTA station in Cambridge, dusk, rainy day
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Klingon Bird-of-Prey, arming torpedoes (low-light photo)

 

Taylor

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The pollen in North Carolina in April is out of control. I like this shot for the detail.
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This picture isn’t nice for its (lack of) artistic value, but rather the color accuracy.
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This was taken at dusk just last night, and it turned out better than expected.
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I love t he detail and patterns in this shot, though the M8’s camera has a tendency to readily blow-out whites and lighter tones.
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The real defocusing that occurs is often better and more natural than the UFOCUS feature.
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This was taken just moments after the AMC photo in relatively low light. The colors are still quite vibrant.
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The whites are blown-out, but again, the colors are great and the focus is relatively sharp.
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I just like this photo. Deal with it.
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Don’t feed the animals … or do. Your choice.
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I took this to try the UFOCUS feature to focus on the Wine Vault. It failed, but I like the shot nonetheless.

 

Duo Camera

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This UFOCUS shot isn’t perfect, but it’s as close as I’ve come. There are no noticeable hard defocusing lines, which nearly makes it look natural. The statue’s shoulder is out of focus, which isn’t terrible. All things considered, this one turned out pretty well.
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Again, not perfect. The wood chips behind the flowers are in focus when they clearly shouldn’t be. I imagine this is due to the angle the depth sensor is at. But this one still turned out well.
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This picture was taken by our great friend Nick Gray of Android and Me. He shared it with us on the Pocketnow Weekly last week, and we really liked it. It still isn’t perfect, but it still looks very nice.

 

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!

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