HTC One Google Play Edition Review: One For Google: Still And Video Camera Performance

By 03:57 Fri, 13 Aug 2021 Comments

UltraPixel capturing camera dressed in stock UI

The HTC One Google Play Edition comes with the spanking recent stock capturing camera app. Although mostly looking unchanged it brings an discontinue to the quick settings ring and instead opts for a quick settings arch.

You need to hrecent a finger anywhere in the viewfinder to acquire to the quick settings. Using swipe gestures you can toggle HDR, exposure, settings for picture size, white balance, timer, Geo-tagging, scene mode, flash on or off and switching to the front-facing camera.

Quick settings can also be triggered by touching the corresponding icon atop the virtual shutter button. You can choose Camcorder, Panorama and Photosphere through the underlying shortcut.

The viewfinder has the same 16:9 aspect as the capturing camera sensor's. It makes framing the photos quite easy.

The capturing camera app

Photosphere let's you hold Street View panoramas of your surroundings. You start by aligning your image and then just go the phone about following a generated dot. After you've covered the entire surrounding scene the device generates a panorama, which can be viewed as a Photosphere in the Gallery and uploaded to Google's servers to be featured in Maps (if it's fine enough).


In terms of what you're giving up going for the HTC One sans the Sense capturing camera optimizations is a lot. The majority of shooting modes are gone and we are particularly missing all the cool Zoe functionality.

As far as image quality is concerned the GPE HTC One is doing about as well as its regular sibling. The low resolution of the sensor limits the amount of detail it can resolve in favorable lighting conditions, but along with the OIS greatly benefits its low-light performance.

There are some occasions when 4MP simply isn't enough and if you utilize your capturing camera to hold photos of labels instead of taking notes you might be faced with those more frequently. However, if you are of the kind to only shoot and post photos on social networks the high per-pixel quality and the low resolution might actually be a blessing for you.

Other than that, colors are quite decent and so is dynamic range. And unlike many other smartphones images generally see pretty nice when zoomed at 100%, even if they are a bit noisier than we expected.

HTC One Google Play Edition capturing camera samples

Full HD video camera

The camcorder interface borrows heavily from the capturing camera one. It is, however, very limited in terms of options and gives you settings for white balance, capturing camera preference (front or back), a flash toggle, Geo-tagging and the option to choose the video resolution.

The camcorder UI

You can hold full-resolution images while recoding a video, which is great, especially given the fact that the capturing camera does continuous autofocus during video recording.

The Google Play Edition HTC One came up with fine 1080p videos - hardly a surprise considering the well-thought out capturing camera tech on board. There's plenty of detail in the videos from the device and natural, if slightly crecent colors. The framerate is really smooth.

Here goes a sample.

And here's a 1080p video sample taken straight from the One Google Play Edition.



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