Does the htc one m9 have a good camera?

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  1. narshbleed60

    narshbleed60 New Member

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    I'm leaning toward buying this phone. But I need to know if the camera is good. Of course, by extension, I'd like to know if the phone itself is decent too.

     
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  3. Totalarmordestine

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    Well, lets just say the camera isn't it's best feature. Yes, it houses a high mp camera, but the way htc utilized it was, well, just crap. Asside from that, they did stick with their normal hd (not qhd) screen. So it won't be the brightest, but it will still be clear and crisp (lets be honest, you don't really need 2k on a phone or have some high ppi, you can't even see pixels...) So yeah, the screen won't be the brightest, but it's a good screen. The design is a nice design with it's unibody metal build. Also, boom sound is supposed to be really good, with dobly 5.0 surround sound. Again, the main issue people are feeling iffy about is that the phone isn't a major jump from the m8. Same body, same screen, same boom sound feature, same crappy camera, same storage, etc. The only different is that it houses a better processor and graphics processor. (btw, if you're seeing people saying, oh, it overheats, it'll burn the phone, blah blah. It's false. Tests proved that the qualcomm 810 does not overheat.)

    Your best bet is to either get the m8 (the m9 isn't worth the price it's at, so the m8, which will be a couple 100 lower since it's older). Or... you can wait for the m10. Rumors are coming out about the release data and all. So yeah. The m9 is still a great phone, it has a bad camera, and i would either get the m8 or wait for the m10. Hope this helps.
     
  4. tarverten

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    It is a very good camera for the back and the front, as for the phone everything is really fast, and the Ui feels nice and easy to use. The metal is also a nice touch
     
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    If you just want to focus on taking photos quickly without fiddling around with settings, the HTC One M9's automatic shooting mode is where you'll live most of the time. Simply select "camera" from the modes menu to make sure you're in this shooting mode.

    By default you'll just see a relatively simple UI — flash controls in the top right corner, a preview of your last photo in the top left, still and video shutters in the middle, atop the modes menu. If you don't want to worry about tweaking settings and changing modes, this is probably all you'll need to take decent photos on the M9.

    But if you want more control, HTC's camera app can provide it. Tap the menu button (three dots) in the corner of the screen to bring up the menu bar. The six icons that appear each give you control over a particular aspect of the M9's camera.

    The still shot menu lets you choose between presets for still pictures in different environments. There's a night shooting mode designed to assist with low-light captures, an HDR mode that'll balance exposure in shots with very bright and darker areas, and presets for portrait, landscape and macro (close-up) shots as well. Seasoned photographers will also want to play around with the HTC camera app's manual mode (M), which gives complete control over white balance, ISO , shutter speed and focal point. We've gone into greater detail on taking great shots in manual mode in our HTC One M9 photography guide.

    The video menu gives you a couple of extra video options, in addition to shooting plain old video at the normal 30 frames per second. Slow motion mode, as the name suggests, takes slow-mo video, though at a lower resolution of 720p. Fast Full HD records at full 1080p, through at double the frame rate as standard video, making your video appear smoother.

    Max ISO lets you control the maximum sensitivity value of the camera, balancing between image brightness and noise. A higher ISO value will give you a brighter, though noisier image, meaning the M9's software will need to do more post-processing to remove that noise — the result might be a brighter, less clear image. By contrast a lower ISO level would give you less noise, but a darker overall image.

    EV stands for exposure value, and as you'd expect, adjusting it up or down gives you a brighter or darker image.

    The white balance control gives you a few presets for tweaking your photos so colors don't look too yellow or blue in certain lighting conditions. To let the camera itself decide, choose AWB (auto white balance).

    CAMERA SETTINGS

    From the camera menu, press the cog icon to open the camera settings menu. Here's where you can save a custom camera with all the options you currently have configured, as well as fine-tune all the other camera features that aren't in the main menu bar.

    Here's a run-down of some of the main settings you'll need to know about.

    Crop controls the aspect ratio of photos you take — basically, the proportions of the rectangle you're shooting. The default value is widescreen (16:9), which takes photos that match the proportions of the M9's display. The camera's sensor, however, comes in at 10:7, so if you want to take advantage of the full 20 megapixels, this is the option for you.

    Make-up level is self-explanatory — use this slider to control how much automatic smoothing is applied to faces in your photos.

    Same deal with Continuous shooting — this lets you hold down the shutter key to take a burst of shots. You can choose to limit it to 20 frames, and automatically review your burst capture once you're done.

    Review duration lets you choose to view your photo on-screen for a few seconds after taking it, with a few options available to determine just how long your preview is shown.

    Self-timer and resolution are also pretty simple — the former lets you set a timer for your photos, just as you might on a full-sized camera. The second controls the physical size of the photos you take. Generally you'll want to choose the highest available to capture the most detail, though if you're more concerned with file size and saving storage space you might opt for "medium" instead.

    Similarly, video quality determines the resolution of your video footage. The M9 can record at up to 4K resolution, but only for up to six minutes at a time. Most of the time you'll want to stick to the standard 1080p (Full HD), which has no such restriction, or 720p (HD) if you want to save space.

    Image adjustments let you tweak the contrast, sharpness and saturation of your photos up or down, if you're not happy with the default values. As we discussed in our M9 photography guide, we've gotten good results by tweaking the sharpness down a little, and nudging the saturation up.

    General Settings houses even more toggles. You can have the camera app overlay a rule-of-thirds grid to help with framing your shots, geotag photos so they save details of when and where they were taken, and switch the shutter sound on or off. You can also control whether the volume button acts as normal, captures a photo or zooms in and out when taking pics.
     
  6. thepieeatingjay

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    I remember testing this one out in the prototype phase. From what I remembered, the camera was pretty crisp. But I did notice the zoom in feature wasn't as good as the xperia or galaxy though.
     
  7. pwarbi

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    While it's true that HTC aren't known for having the best camera, for most people they are still good enough. There's a lot of features on there that you probably won't use anyway, but if the camera is an important issue for you, all I would suggest is trying one out yourself. Everybody will have their own opinions but obviously we don't know what you actually want out of the camera, and what you'll want it to do.

    To sum up what I think, the HTC ONE M9 is a great device, with a good enough camera.
     
  8. teamxxlp

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    Upon release, the M9's camera was actually pretty terrible, but a few software updates made the camera a lot more serviceable for daily use. It's now a decent shooter that most people are going to be fine with. Anyone that's looking to take quality photography shots or anything like that should move on, though. Then again, anyone that wants to take professional looking shots is probably using a DSLR anyways. Most people will be satisfied with the HTC One M9's camera. Just don't do a side by side comparison of the M9 and the best smartphone cameras. :p
     
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    I own the HTC ONE M9, and while it's true that the camera was very poor, it's now been upgraded and it's a lot better. Like @teamxxlp says, in a straight comparison with other devices it's still not as good, but it's definitely good enough.
     
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    I think it's good enough, I think it's not that great but it's not bad either. I mean it is subjective, you may find it good enough, while it may differ in terms of resolution capability and pixels in comparison with other phones, I would still be satisfied with it if it was my phone.
     
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    I think that was also my point, I've got the phone and for me and I think most other users the camera is good enough, it does what you would want any smartphone camera to do, just don't expect professional standards, but I think that can be said of most of the cameras these days.
     
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    Absolutely. I think the modern ones with really good quality would differ with resolution capability, where it can be made much bigger without noticing the pixels, that's all to it really.
     
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    The camera is good but it's not the best among the latest flagships. If you're looking for the best camera on the market then you should look out for the G4.
     
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    You also have to find a balance though. There's no point buying a smartphone that's got a brilliant camera if the rest of the specification isn't up to scratch. Surely if a camera and picture quality is that important, you'd buy a stand alone camera anyway, and not rely on taking pictures on your phone?
     
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    Hi Narshbleed


    I've got a HTC M9 and so far I love it, the camera is much better than the previous phone I had (blackberry Z10).

    Some people will say that the camera is not the best or there are other phones around that have a better camera than the M9, and this is true but for someone who hasn't had one of the others flagship phones then I would say this is pretty decent.

    I've taken only a few pictures on the M9 and they've all come out looking great, it's also fairly good at taking pictures at night or on dark areas, although the true test for me I would say is when I go on holiday next month I can truly try it and see how amazing the pictures come out.

    Hope that helps

    Sent from my HTC One M9 using Tapatalk
     
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    I've also got the M9 and have taken a lot of pictures with it, from family photographs to various car shows I've been to and i've never had any problems with the quality.

    Side by side to a Samsung S6 then I'm sure an expert would be able to tell the slight difference, but for everyday use the M9 camera is more than good enough.

    And I have about a thousand pictures to prove it.
     

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