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See page 7 for a comprehensive range of shots and videos taken with the camera - Camera Samples
One of the headline features of the HTC One X is its camera. Not because it features more megapixels – it's still an 8-megapixel model – but because it has a host of other improvements and a superfast continuous shooting mode.
Starting with the basics, though, the camera can be loaded from the lockscreen if you choose to have it as one of your four apps but otherwise - with no shutter button to activate it - you have to unlock the phone to open the app. Once in the app, though, things are more convenient. HTC has, in what seems like such an obvious move, added a video record button to the main camera interface, allowing you to take a photo or start recording straight away, without having to switch modes.
Also to hand are the zoom function (digital only of course), an effects menu (the blue circle), shooting modes (A), Settings, and Flash options. It's a pretty easy interface to get around, letting you get things setup how you want quickly and painlessly.
Furthermore there are a host of great options and modes. The real-time effects include lens Distortion effects, Vignetting, Dots, Vintage, Greyscale and Posterise, and they all work rather well, as you can see from the samples below.
In the shooting modes you can also find decent HDR and Panorama modes as well as a slow motion video option. Inevitably is reduces quality considerably but you can get some pretty cool effects.
Perhaps most useful is the Best Shot mode. This is invoked when you hold down the shutter button and the camera fires off around 4 shots a second, for as long as you hold down the shutter button. Once you've finished taking your shots you can choose which one to keep or if you simply tap the back button it'll keep the first shot.
Image quality is good but nothing special. Zoomed out shots look sharp and well exposed with even but punchy colours. However, zoom in a bit and things soon get blotchy, and dynamic range is still very limited, as can be seen in our sample shots in the garden, where the sky is completely washed out.
As for video, you have 1080p recording with the option to digitally zoom and tap on the screen to set focus and exposure while recording. Again, results are good but set no records.
A single LED flash helps out in the dark. It's surprisingly powerful, and certainly puts the Sony Xperia S to shame but it's still only of much use within a range of a couple of metres or so.