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HP Slatebook x2 Review - Camera Review

At your picture-grabbing disposal you have a 720p HD front-facing camera and a 2-megapixel main camera capable of shooting Full HD 1080p video.

It doesn’t sound particularly impressive and the results will certainly not see you in a rush to swap your smartphone for the X2 to take pictures.

The main camera uses the standard Android UI with a few manual settings to adjust brightness and exposure levels. There’s also a HDR mode and a series of Scene modes to adjust picture settings for Action, Evening or ‘Sunset’ shots. On the whole, they do little in the way of massively enhancing picture quality.

In good, natural lighting, the main camera manages to shoot adequate photos to share on Twitter on Facebook but in closer inspection look overexposed, lacking vibrancy, colour and with plenty of noticeable noise in the images.

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Images from the main camera lack sharpness and struggle to show great detail

Shooting in HDR mode does improve things only slightly offering a little more clarity and colour, but the differences between HDR and shooting in Automatic mode are minor as you can see in the photos below.

Without an LED flash in tow, it’s no surprise the main camera struggles in low light conditions like most other tablets simply not fit for taking great photos.

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HDR on

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HDR on

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HDR off

Turning our attention to the front-facing camera and things don’t really get much better. Brightness levels are reasonably good but images are still very noisy and blurry. It’s much of the same when it comes to filming on either cameras. Despite the fact you can shoot in 1080p HD, you are still shooting with a 2-megapixel camera sensor and footage is underwhelming. Likewise the 720pHD front-facing camera did not blow us away although it’s sufficient for video calling.

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