HTC One E8 Camera Review, Capture Samples

by Chetan Bhawani 23

The HTC One E8 doesn’t have to face much criticism from the users who care more about the numbers and not quality, because HTC has included a 13-megapixel rear camera instead of the 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera that is a part of the flagship HTC One M8. There’s the 1/3.06″ sensor with f/2.2 lens on the back of the One E8 while it is a 1/3″ sensor, f/2.0 lens combination in the M8.

Read: HTC One E8 Hands-on

And as expected, there is some difference in the camera captures as well, where the HTC One E8 actually doesn’t reach to the level of captures from the One M8 camera. But still, the quality is not really bad if you are talking of some broad day-light captures. The f/2.2 module of the E8 camera can capture 1080p Full HD videos at 30/60 fps, and HTC’s own Zoe captures are also possible. For those who don’t know what HTC Zoe is, it is a camera feature that was exclusive to the HTC phones earlier, now available on Play Store, and it is something that captures both video and photos at the same time, and show it live in the gallery bringing some life to the photo gallery.

Now, talking about the camera app, it presents to the user with a very neat interface and some interesting sounds (that are no where close to the standard shutter sounds) when going into the menu, or selecting a mode and while capturing a picture.

HTC One E8 Camera Interface

The modes are – Selfie (activates the front facing camera), Dual capture, Panorama 360, Video and Zoe camera. The three little dots on left bottom open up the huge list of options, effects to choose from. The manual controls include AWB settings, ISO sensitivity with max ISO 1600.

The effects include normal, distortion, vignette, depth of field, dots, mono, country, vintage, vintage warm, vintage cold, grayscale, sepia, negative, solarize, posterize and aqua.

The resolutions can be selected from the following:

  • Large 4:3 – 4224 x 3136 pixels
  • Large 16:9 – 4224 x 2368 pixels
  • Medium 4:3 – 3264 x 2464 pixels
  • Medium 16:9 – 3264 x 1824 pixels
  • Small 4:3 – 2592 x 1952 pixels
  • Small 16:9 – 2592 x 1472 pixels

There are options for Touch to capture, Shutter sound, Auto smile capture, and the volume button can be used for its original volume function, or can be used for capturing or zooming.

Camera Samples

Selective tap-to-focus captures

Natural and Artificial bright light captures

The color reproduction is decent in both the natural and artificial light source. Just like we notice in several other smartphone cameras, the image tends to show reduced sharpness towards the corners, and it is the best near the center. The areas that are out of focus (bokeh) do not naturally look like blurred, but more like shaky with some noise in them, but that is not a case with every capture, because we noticed that mostly in macro captures and when the object was exceptionally near to the lens.

Low light captures

The HTC One E8’s camera does have some trouble in taking pictures in low light, and even setting the ISO to maximum, there is little it could do to make the captures better. There is noticeable noise in the pictures, and the final pictures turn out to be not so good, because whatever the object, the sharpness and focus is tried on that but the noise still remains there.

Captures with / without LED flash

The single LED flash is a poor downgrade from the Dual-tone flash in the One M8, and that is clear with the samples below, because the light is too bright, taking out all the natural colors when capturing from a near distance.

The camera isn’t the best out there, but in daylight, it does the job that is claims. Low light captures with the One E8 camera is quite dull and not surprising at all. HTC’s camera app is very much interesting, and Zoe is cool. Controlling the options manually too isn’t helping much, because these are over-sensitive and you end up capturing something else than what you desired.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Camera just boomed

    • Suraj Racharla

      Camera is amazing on this device. Just shear power when it comes to taking photos. The camera is amazing and it seems to be that the photos are good in quality and very vibrant and bold. Nice to see.this come from the HTC E8

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    the phone itself is like a mystery

    • Suraj Racharla

      Its ystery to some people. From the outside and not really reseeching about the phone you see that it is very average e and nothing special. But once you up close you notice.the good build quality and the amazing still photos it takes!!!

  • coupontammy

    Unfortunately to many people buy their cell phones based on the camera. It’s not all about the camera.

    • definitely truth to that. I would personally look to a phone that exceeds quality in all aspects like the all powerful multitasking workhorse galaxy note 4!

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes but I dont find that entirely true. The Nexus 5 had an 8 megapixel camera and still people were buying them. They were buying because of the rpicd. The price.was amazing so then everyone started buying them. Yes camera is important but I dont it changes the decision to buy the smartphone in most cases

  • samir naik

    great phone with great camera

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes and for the price it is.offering for its a great deal. The HTC E8 is an amazing phone and whoever buys one will not be dissapointed . build.quality is great camera photos are great what else do you want for this price!!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Camera is a boom but what about its features …. I think this is alll for camera lovers like me.

    • you will suely love the features as a camera lover. It takes great SelfiesDual capture video and zoe a, panoramic photos. AWB settings, ISO sensitivity color effects res change…etc its endless!

      • Shanky Yadav

        hmm sorry but I am not a HTC fan so for me this phone got nothing as we have others at good price but HTC is also going this can’t be ignored

    • Suraj Racharla

      Lol you won’t be dissapoitinted with this.camera. the pics you will get are very intense and pics.with big bold and strong colors. You also have camera toggle like iso focal and touch to focus and AWB settings. Also you can take panaromas and also selfies!!!

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    good camera

    • Suraj Racharla

      I know i want expecting it to be this good but it actually turned out to be amazing . good job HTC!! You jsust made me think differently about you and this phone!!

  • Joshua Akinsola

    everything is great with this camera. There is the true focusing, with the tap to tap and of course flash produces decent light and superb results and the picture is overall crisp as u can see the detailed stitching of the minions garb Colors come out well and low lighting is stable. Only knock is the intense flash on the last picture. That is a lot. But soft blur effect is great on the other hand.

  • Android

    Camera is pretty good and in terms of selective focus i think the Galaxy devices do a better job than this. The HTC camera provides true to life colors but sometimes people would like it if the colors actually popped out at you. When i looked at the photos i didn’t feel like the images actually popped out at you but i sawit as i was actually seeing the image it self. The flash i notice that if you get too close the image absorbs too much light and the image is too bland and you notice too much light

  • This camera is such a notch up from the m8 i would go with this any day in a heartbeat!! i LOVE how the pics came out!

  • what do you think is the best option available as a camera lover? The z3? The note 4?

    • Shanky Yadav

      z3 still the best choose for camera but if you want camera with features you must go on with note 4

  • Suraj Racharla

    I just wanted to point out that the user interface for the camera is actually quite good looking an I actually like it. Also I notice the pic are bold and bright and have a tremendous amount of color in then. As per with flash the colors seem to be overpowered with light and flash is a bit too much. In general this camera is great and offers the best photos in this phone

  • Suraj Racharla

    Me too I am also not an HTC fan but the images I saw from this phone are my turn my head!!!

  • yes i must agree with you for slightly lower quality it offers great features that sony doesnt and makes up for that