HTC U11+ review - Camera

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HTC U11+ – Camera

The U11’s camera tech was one of its key selling points. This remains the case on the U11+, which comes with a 12-megapixel “Ultrapixel 3” rear camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and an 8-megapixel front snapper.

The Ultrapixel tech works in exactly the same way as past HTC phones, increasing the size of pixel captured to improve low-light performance and improve processing speeds.

In regular light, the rear camera is excellent and offers wonderfully fast shutter and focus speeds. The end results universally looked crisp and were blissfully blur-free when shooting in good lighting. Unlike Ultrapixel photos from past phones, they also weren’t overexposed, instead looking suitably realistic for sharing on social media. Contrast levels and colours are also capably handled, by mobile standards, and never look over-processed or saturated.

Noise does creep in at low light if you take photos using the auto setting, but you’ll struggle to find a phone where this isn’t an issue. A set of easy-to-use manual controls also mean you can still achieve decent low-light shots, if you know what you’re doing.

Video recording is solid, albeit shaky, if you don’t use a tripod. Recorded audio quality is also a cut above most phones thanks to the U11+’s atypical mic setup.

The front camera is more than good enough for selfies and video calls, although performance does drop in low light fairly quickly.
You can see sample photos taken on the U11+ below.