HTC Desire Camera Review Spec and Sample Photos
This page demonstrates the quality of the new HTC Desire Android phone's camera. This is a fantastic new phone from HTC, but I harp on about that here, just the picture quality from the phone's camera. I'll include some sample photos to highlight various aspects of the camera's performance, and some screenshots to show the various menus.
HTC Desire Camera Spec
|HTC Desire Camera Spec|
|O/S version reviewed||Android 2.1|
|Screen Resolution||800 x 480 WVGA AMOLED|
|Card||Micro SD >32Gb|
|Camera Resolution||0.3Mp, 1Mp, 3Mp, 5Mp|
|Aspect||Wide 2592 x 1552|
Normal 2592 x 1952
|Flash||Single LED Flash|
|Focus||Touch to auto-focus|
|Orientation||Automatic by accelerometer|
|ISO||Manual/Auto. 100, 200, 400, 800 ISO|
HTC Desire Sample Photos
Here are some sample photos taken with the HTC Desire. Overall, the picture quality is pretty good. HTC Android phones have generally been pretty poor as cameras in the past, but the Desire is a step forward. Geo-tagging is a nice feature, which stores the phone's geographical location within each photo's EXIF data. The EXIF data is a little sparse though, omitting exposure time, white balance, and most other useful EXIF tags, but most people won't care about that. Best quality pictures usually come out at around 1 to 1.5Mb.
Photo SampleNicely exposed, sharp, and accurate colours. Taken in default widescreen mode, maximum quality and resolution.
Full Size Photo [1.66Mb]
Close-UpThe HTC Desire doesn't have a Macro Mode, but closeups are quite good. The phone will focus at up to about 10cm, as in this shot. Also show here is the Time-stamp feature.
Full Size Photo [1.15Mb]
Another Sample PhotoThe Desire's camera sharpens images a LOT, even with default settings. You can see a lot of sharpening especially around the cat's whiskers.
Full Size Photo [0.95Mb]
HTC Desire Quality Setting
The Desire's camera settings include a setting for Quality, allowing High, Fine and Normal quality. I've done a bit of experimentation with this to see what the difference is, and whether the higher quality settings are worth the trade-off in file size. The Normal quality setting seems to be encoded as 85% jpeg compression, whereas the Fine and High quality settings are 95% compression. You have to look pretty closely to notice any difference in the three quality settings, and file size difference between worst and best quality setting is around say, 700k and 1400k. We're not exactly short of memory, so I'll be leaving mine on high quality.
HTC Desire ISO and Flash Quality
Here are some sample images taken to show the varying quality from good quality 100 ISO to very noisy useless 800 ISO. Unfortunately the Desire doesn't show the shutter speed in the EXIF data so we can't see how this affects things, but you have to hold the camera very steady in dim light conditions with the better quality 100 or 200 ISO settings. These pictures were taken with fairly bright indoor lighting.
The flash is a single, pretty puny LED flash. This shot gives you an idea of the effectiveness in an almost pitch dark room.
HTC Desire Camera Menu Screenshots
Here are a series of screenshots showing the various menus of the HTC Desire's camera.