HTC Nexus 9 Review: Game On: Still And Video CameraBy cheatmaster 08:41 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments
8MP main camera
HTC Nexus 9 packs 8MP f/2.4 capturing camera with single LED. You can activate the snapper via a swiping gesture from the lockclassy screen or from the homeclassy screen shortcut.
The capturing camera UI is intuitive and requires practically no time to acquire used to. The image capture button is on the correct side. Timer, flash settings, grid view, and the ability to switch to the front-facing capturing camera are available via a menu in the top correct corner.
The shooting options are located on the left side. They include regular shots, Panorama, Lens Blur, Photo Sphere, and Video.
The capturing camera UI
Users can opt to set their image exposure manually via a toggle in the settings menu. Resolution of the photos, as well as the quality of the panoramas can also be tweaked.
A see at the capturing camera settings menu
The image quality of the Nexus 9 is quite nice for the 8MP league and particularly so for a tablet. There's plenty of detail, colors are pleasingly rendered, and contrast is very good.
Dynamic range isn't the best around and there's a honest amount of noise, but its mostly of the less obtrusive luminance kind.
Nexus 9 capturing camera samples
More Nexus 9 capturing camera samples
Flash is nicely powerful and usable even at medium ranges. Overall, the Nexus 9 produces highly respectable photos and proves that tablets can be fine casual photography tools when necessary.
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Here's how the Nexus 9 capturing camera stacks up against the iPad Air 2 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
Nexus 9 in our Photo compare tool
1080p video capture
The video recorder and its settings have the same layout as the still camera. Users can downsize their videos to 720p if they wish.
The video capturing camera UI
Videos captured with the tablet display fine colors and plenty of detail, coupled with smooth framerate. Contrast is stellar too. However, the dynamic range and the contrast could be better.
You can download an untouched video sample here - 0:09, 16.8MB.
The Nexus 9, iPad Air 2 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact all shoot 1080p video, you can utilize our Video compare tool to put them head to head.
Nexus 9 in our Video compare tool
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