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  1. SolApathy

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    This thread if for the discussion of camera related news, reviews, pictures, concerns, comparisons, and tutorials. Please try to embed pictures directly or link to full resolution pictures. Avoid Tapatalk pics if possible since they use compression & reduce the resolution of the image; causing it to look very poor.

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    Word is the camera isn't that great.

    Another camera gripe: Regrettably, my initial impression of this camera is not a positive one. Image noise is present in most of my pictures, and low-light photography is basically a disaster. I was reminded of BlackBerry’s consistently inadequate cameras in the devices that preceded the Passport. Like them, the HTC One M9 lacks optical image stabilization, which the company justifies on account of physical space constraints. The image sensor also appears to be an odd size as the "regular" image ratio is 10:7, and there’s no 4:3 option to be found.
     
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    Yeah after having the M7 with OIS, then none on the M8 or M9 I am disappointed. But I will wait for my own hands-on test before I pass judgement.
     
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    I can't remember when I last took a 4:3 image, so that doesn't bother me (I mainly use SLRs so regard 3:2 as "normal", and 10:7 is closer to that than 4:3).

    Yeah, I've seen some of the shots, but it's not unusual for image quality to be improved by updates after release, never mind a pre-release device, so this is somewhere where I'll wait for the release devices before drawing any verdict (and will want to know what settings were used too).

    The real test will be what you can do with raw, but most owners won't go that far - someone will though, and I'll be eager to see what can be done there.
     
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    M9 Hands on camera review

    Editor's Note: this hands-on was done with a pre-release model of the HTC One M9 using non-finalized software. Elements of the software may indeed be improved before launch, especially in terms of the camera. The following impressions are what we felt thus far, but as always, things could change when CNET reviews the final model of the HTC One M9.)

     
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    We go through this every year.

    These idiots just have to click bait their way in with an unfinished product, declare it's crap or controversial and the meme sticks for the lifetime of the phone regardless of reality.

    I refuse to look at any more prerelease, preproduction device photos ever again.

    It's been a total, complete, and absolute waste of my time every time with every brand and every model.

    And I'm not looking now.

    Look for pro features coming in a future update. It's not going to be what you're reading about now.

    That's all I'm going to say at this time.
     
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    C'mon Early, take a peek lol. IMO the pictures don't look bad at all for a pre-release & I get a feeling of bias in the report. Articles always get more hits when they talk about how "bad" something is vs. how good it is. It's a sad part of human nature.

    Yeah, the pictures definitely aren't DSLR quality and I see some noise and atrifacts, but sheesh its phone with a camera. When did they start becoming cameras first and phones second! I look at comparisons on line and very often even the top of the line point and shoot cameras don't have very much of an edge over the ones built in phones, with the exception of optical zoom.

    I know that it will be a great, well designed device that I will enjoy. In addition I know my son with love the M8 upgrade he gets in the process lol :)
     
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    HTC made some pretty stupid decisions this time around. The camera was pretty much the one area that they needed to hit out the park this go around given that it was virtually the only thing most reviewers knocked the M8 for. I can see them going for incremental upgrades in all other areas, but if I was on the team behind this phone, there is no way I would have let anyone have it without the cam being near ready for the market. Also, how could they not include OIS? That's baffling.
     
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    And there's the problem, right there.

    One guy taking it with a grain of salt because it's prerelease and another deciding it's a problem based on the publications.

    Everyone asked for megapixels and that's what they delivered.

    I honestly am not impressed by any of the high MP phone cameras because they exacerbate the biggest problem going - insane levels of jpeg compression, and that's what HTC has been among the worst at.

    I agree that OIS would have been a welcome improvement, however, as a point of reference, the OIS in the M7 and LG G2 (same generation) is far better than in last year's LG G3. So there's OIS and there's OIS.

    With this processor, it could be added in software later (quite easily) using the gyroscope that's already there and you wouldn't notice a speed difference at all.

    So thanks, I'm not going to waste time looking at any prerelease snaps.

    I seem to recall that HTC almost always has a system update within the first month after release - and also as I recall, that's going to include a camera update.

    But by then, the clickbait articles will have already updated with the new "truth" because it's final (not first month fixes that they *all* do), shot mostly by editors that can't take pictures anyway and that's going to be the Internet Reality of the camera for the life of the phone, no matter what.

    I'll wait patiently and enjoy what the early adopters post here, both as snapshots and as more serious photo efforts before deciding anything. :)

    The annual HTC, LG, and Samsung picture threads here very often show some really great photos, especially for a cell phone.

    Mostly because they're taken by people with real software, after they've learned their cameras, and who care about the subjects they're shooting.

    Give me that over the silly e-rag announcement and release horse-race, click-bait "shoot outs" any day of the week and twice on Sunday! :)

    PS - HTC was still taking user feedback until quite recently on the camera. No way that feedback was incorporated as improvements by MWC.
     
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    OIS was most likely a space constraint issue. Reviews are already blasting the phone for being 1/1000th of an inch thicker (yeah go figure). I prefer OIS, but I can do without it. I will just make sure I don't drink my 6 cups of coffee before I start taking photos.

    I remember how they blasted the M8 camera, but go over there now and look at the photos thread and you will be amazed.


    Like I said, if there is nothing to complain about there is no story lol.
     
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    I had to look at the Samsung shots, couldn't help it on my Phandroid spam control rounds.

    http://phandroid.com/2015/03/02/galaxy-s6-vs-iphone-6-camera-comparison/

    Lest anyone think that I'm being an HTC fanboy, my same defense applies for Samsung as well.

    Not final software.

    Meaningless comparison is meaningless.

    Thanks for your patience, I won't belabor the point further. :)
     
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    I'm saying HTC either knew the phone would take bad pictures or had no clue. If they knew, hence the "we haven't finalized the software?" They know software wont fix crappy pictures. How is that possible when thousands of phones will be on sale in a matter of weeks? Its not like lag on a Moto 360 that was resolved after some major software updates.
     
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    Well as the topic of the thread is pictures, here are a few samples from a non-final phone by someone who seems to know a bit more about using a phone camera than many of the reviewers out there:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/jpenico/sets/72157650671608427/with/16509814800/

    Personally I wish he'd dialled the sharpening down (which with HTC I believe dials down the noise suppression too) - that would let us play a bit with processing ourselves and see a bit more of what's possible with software. But colour and dynamic range don't seem bad for a phone camera, and the details don't seem half as bad as some of the stuff that's been posted either.
     
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    For a phone them pictures look fine to me. Far as I'm concerned digital cameras suck any way.
     
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    Closed until pictures show up.
     
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    Just some quick snaps. One basic outdoor pic without any settings at all just snapped to show out of box performance. One complex close-up, again just a quick snap. Did not adjust for lighting or anything. Just 2 point and shoot pics

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    These look pretty good, then again I'm use to crappy Nexus cameras :rolleyes:
     
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    Definitely going to take more pics tomorrow. Just trying to get everything sorted on this phone...So much work lol
     
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    From what I've seen in fair comparisons. As far as pictures go, the M9 is not nearly as bad as was claimed, but it's still not up to par as far as the current crop of flagships. Video is another story. From what I've seen it's terrible. The cam seems to constantly try to refocus, so you just see it going from blurry to clear over and over throughout a video. It basically makes all you videos worthless.
     
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    Agreed that it doesn't seem as bad as was made out, not nearly as bad tbh.

    Incidentally, my Z1 did the refocus thing when I used HDR video for a while. A software update fixed that though, so hopefully it can be fixed here too.
     
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    Again, just point and shoot, clear skies. A little blown out, but I have not done any personalized settings with the camera at all.

    For those that don't know, make sure you open the pictures and click on the Capture1.PNG button highlighted in yellow in the top right corner when expanding images in order to see the full picture


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    Overall, very impressed with the camera, and at the same time disappointed with the reporters that gave it such a poor rating. It's hard to take a bad picture with this camera. Granted it's not the best camera...


    Here are 2 low light pictures from my basement of a really old hand carved chest. One with the rear facing camera, one with the UP camera. Excuse the crooked pic, it's dark and well the chest didn't like taking a selfie.

    This was a hard pic with all the detail and the low light.

    Main camera: ----------- Front UP4 camera
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    You can definitely see how superior the UP4 is in low light situations. Rear camera has a lot of noise in the shadows- I am impressed. Once I start tweaking my settings I expect to take some amazing photos.
     
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    On another forum a rather knowledgeable photographer has the M9 and suggests capping the ISO at 400 and setting the sharpness down - 1.5 and claims the results are very good.
     
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    Can I suggest taking some pics in a low lit area with other lights around? In some pics I've seen from other reviewers there was a lot of lens flaring. It was pretty bad.

    The Front and Main cam comparison is pretty interesting though. If you can figure out how to consistently take pics of things with the Front cam despite not actually having a viewfinder, a lot of the problems might be solved.
     
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    Looks promising.. Keep the pictures coming!Ready to upgrade from the M8 in July.
     
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    I am becoming convinced that any challenges that this phone has with photos is software related and not hardware related. There are some pretty good threads developing in various forums that talk about drastically better results that can be achieved through manual settings of the camera vs the fully automatic mode. I am duplicating that time and time again. The most important setting appears to be limiting ISO to 200 if at all possible. Auto ISO is just ridiculous on this phone right now. The other manual setting is knocking down sharpness 1.5. Here is what you get when you do that. The first photo is fully automatic and the second photo is optimizing manual settings.

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