How to take better photos and videos with your HTC One (M8)
Like it or not, it doesn't seem like HTC is going to abandon its UltraPixel camera technology anytime soon. The unique camera, which relies on a low-res sensor with large pixels instead of going for the highest megapixel count possible, should theoretically produce excellent photos by capturing more light than a typical camera sensor. Yet in reality, the snappers on most high-end smartphones outperform HTC's UltraPixel cam, especially when it comes to details captured in the shot.
Still, this doesn't mean that the UltraPixel camera is a bad one. Quite the opposite – it can take pretty pictures and videos despite having just 4MP to work with. And it might serve you even better if you're familiar with all its modes, settings, and peculiarities. Below we've compiled a list of 11 tips and tricks on taking better photos and videos with your HTC One (M8). Go check them out, and if you feel like adding a tip of your own, the comments section below is all yours.
In some instances, the HTC One (M8) might fail to set the exposure of the scene properly. If things look too bright, tap on your subject so that the phone exposes it right.
Holding your finger on the screen will lock the focus and exposure on the point you specify. Then you can compose the frame freely, without that changing the focus and exposure. This trick could be useful in dynamic scenes, or when moving objects might disrupt the camera's focus. A single tap will re-enable the automatic focus and exposure.
Speaking of focusing, the HTC One (M8) locks the focus in videos by default. In other words, continuous auto-focus is disabled so you have to tap on the screen each time you need to refocus. When in video mode, tap the three dots and open the settings menu. From there, pick camera options and disable the "Lock focus during recording" option.
If you want to take a photo and add one of those fancy bokeh or 3D effects to it, don't use the LED flash. The effect won't be available if the scene is too dark either.
The HTC One (M8) can take 60fps 1080p videos, as well as 120fps slow-motion videos. We recommend that you use these modes only in broad daylight, or when a strong light source is nearby. Otherwise, they might turn out too dark.
When shooting videos, a flash button will be visible in the upper left-hand corner of the interface. Press it to enable the phone's LED light in case you're shooting in low light.
Zoe mode makes it easy to take photos and videos without having to switch modes or change settings. a single tap on the button takes a photo, and holding down the button shoots a video. Also, Zoe enables you to apply some advanced effects to the captured image, such as Object Removal and Always Smile.
The Night mode on the HTC One (M8) doesn't seem to be doing much. It isn't broken or anything. Simply, the camera is smart enough to set the settings accordingly when in Auto mode.
The camera on the HTC One (M8) has a power-saving stand-by mode. You enable it by pressing the power key with the Camera app running. Then if you press the power key again, your lock screen and pattern will be bypassed (assuming you have these enabled) so that you can take the photo instantly. This mode is useful when you're waiting for the right moment to take a photo, but at the same time, you don't want to waste battery by having the camera on.
The HTC One (M8) lets you change camera settings, such as ISO, shutter speed, and white balance, manually. This gives the photographer better control over the image in tricky situations. You can use the manual mode for fine-tuning image settings, for taking a light painting photo, or simply for fun. Note that in this mode, the camera shoots continuously and the current snapshot is saved when you press the shutter - great for taking long-exposure photos of fireworks or lightning. The sample image below has been taken at ISO100, 2.5 seconds shutter speed, with a ledge used to keep the phone steady.