HTC One Mini 2 Review - Camera Review

HTC One Mini 2: Camera

Where the HTC One M8 uses HTC’s Ultrapixel concept to produce better shots in low-light, the One Mini 2 is rather more conventional. It uses 13-megapixel camera with no optical image stabilization and the Duo camera from the M8 is missing as well, though the 5-megapixel front camera appears to be the same.

The camera app simpler affair at first glance, but it can become fiddly to jump between modes quickly. You can at least quickly switch between camera, video and selfie mode from the icon in the bottom right corner, while over on the left the there’s a decent amount of modes to choose from including HDR, sweep panorama, an anti-shake mode, manual controls, backlight and a text mode, which can highlight the words on a page or screen.

Here are some samples of the One Mini 2 camera modes in action and in comparison to the One M8 and One Mini


Landscape camera mode (HTC One M8 vs One Mini 2)

One Mini 2 vs One M8

Automatic mode (HTC One M8 vs One Mini 2)

One M8 vs One Mini 2

Macro camera mode on HTC One Mini 2

HTC One Mini 2 macro mode

Text camera mode on HTC One Mini 2 (Automatic and Text)

HTC One Mini 2 photo samples 1

HDR mode (HTC One Mini 2 vs One Mini)

HTC One Mini 2 photo samples 2

Automatic mode (HTC One Mini vs One Mini 2)
HTC One Mini 2 photo samples
Low light HDR performance (HTC One Mini vs HTC One Mini 2)

One Mini vs Mini 2 low light HDR

Compared to the One Mini’s Ultrapixel camera, there’s definitely some
improvements in overall image quality, particularly in low-light where
the HDR mode generates sharper, brighter images with better colour accuracy. The One Mini struggles to keep things in focus as the
image above illustrates. In more generous light, HDR mode again delivers
the more vibrant image but there’s subtle noise issues in both sample
photos.

Against the One M8’s
Ultrapixel, the differences are more dramatic. Colour reproduction and
overall vibrancy is more telling in the Mini 2 samples, even if both on
closer inspection lack overall sharpness. This is particularly
noticeable in the sample of the leaves. In the landscape shot, there’s
still a murkiness in both images.

It does manage a strong Macro
performance, a mode missing from the One Mini. Shooting in automatic
mode, images aren’t exceptionally sharp, but the One Mini 2 does capture more natural
colours than the One Mini.

Despite the improvements to the
front-facing camera, shooting some low-light selfies in HDR mode
actually show that the One Mini produces the more balanced images. So, more megapixels up front doesn’t
necessarily translate to dramatically better images.

Like the
One Mini, you can shoot Full HD 1080p where you can shoot in normal, Fast
HD at 60fps and slow motion video, and the One Mini 2 does a good job
offering clear, vibrant video and clear sound capture, which is all easy
to share and upload.

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