“The HTC Desire 816’s 13-meg camera is pretty good, especially in good ambient light”
It’s more accomplished sibling, the HTC One (M8) (review) may have managed to grab all the limelight, but the brand’s newest offering in the mid-range phablet space is also quite a compelling option. The HTC Desire 816 doesn’t boast the same UltraPixel tech or the Duo Camera setup as the M8, and sticks to a more conventional 13-megapixel primary shooter instead. At the front, there’s a 5-meg selfie snapper too. The pair is quite a respectable combination as far as specs are concerned. We were quite keen to see what the Desire 816’s shooter can do when it comes to real-life image quality, and we’re glad to report that it didn’t disappoint.
Here are a few full-resolution image samples captured using the Desire 816, so you can see what we mean with your own eyes.
Based on what we can make out from the HTC Desire 816 camera samples, long shots display a fair amount of depth, without losing detail. The buildings in the distance stand out, and we can see specific features and even individual details like windows, with some blurriness creeping in when the image is zoomed in.
Close up (zoomed in)
Shooting the same scene in HDR mode, we can make out that the image shows clear differences. There weren’t any clouds unfortunately, but the image highlights the dark areas quite well, and in this particular Desire 816 camera sample, the post-processing effects don’t look as unnatural as on the HDR images shot using some other devices.
Low light (with flash)
It’s quite evident from the results that the primary shooter on the HTC Desire 816 is quite capable, especially in daylight. It can capture pretty accurate colours and offers a reasonable amount of detail that only blurs a tad when zoomed in. So that’s one key parameter ticked off the HTC Desire 816’s review list. We’ve already acknowledged the fact that the dual-SIM device is a looker, and isn’t priced insanely high. A full review is on its way, elaborating on these and evaluating whether the phablet makes for a worthy buy or not. Stay tuned.