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Poll results: HTC One M8 Duo Camera - useful innovation or a gimmick?


The unique Duo Camera on the HTC One M8 utilizes two camera sensor/lens sets, in order to capture a more complete depth of field information about a scene, and use it for various post-shot effects. We already made a thorough camera comparison with the HTC One M8, and demonstrated all the new modes and effects that the Duo Camera makes possible.

Furthermore, we asked you last week whether you consider the new Duo Camera set on the HTC One M8 an innovation for the sake of it, or something truly practical, whose virtues you would be using on a regular basis. It turns out that more than half of the 2241 respondents (56%) would prefer that HTC went with a larger camera resolution, or kept the OIS technology from the One, instead of inventing the Duo Camera module. The rest of you either considered the shooter a unique and worthy proposition that will set the One M8 apart (21%), or said they would use the effects every now and then, and appreciate the 0.3s autofocus time that the Duo Camera brings (22.71%). This goes to show that HTC's new camera isn't likely to take the smartphone world by storm, yet a lot of users consider it an interesting feat to have on their handset.

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HTC One M8 Duo Camera - innovation or a gimmick?
21.11%
473 votes
(473 votes) It's a unique differentiator that nobody offers, and lets you instantly get professional-grade out-of-focus perception
22.71%
509 votes
(509 votes) I might not use its effects all the time, but the Duo Camera adds value with its 0.3s autofocus time, too
56.18%
1259 votes
(1259 votes) HTC skipped on OIS or higher resolution for this?! I could have just used an app to blur stuff out with similar results!

2241 votes


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posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:17 3

1. damokles (unregistered)


It doesn't look thaaaaat bad at all. I miss the sharpness a lil bit, but otherwise it's a alright quality.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:33 11

14. vincelongman (Posts: 1184; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Personally, I would have much preferred OIS over Duo camera

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:20

22. damokles (unregistered)


totally agree, even though I take more pictures than recording videos :x

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:18 2

2. mr.techdude (Posts: 545; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Nothing beats hardware functionality compared to software, so cut it out guys.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 05:17 8

21. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 378; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Check out L925 blurring effect (which is software) compared to HTC One M8.. guess who wins?

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:21 2

3. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Its been complete if did it with 8mp .

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:25 1

4. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


But this camera is most amazing camera in case of option s and great focos ability..
Maybe 8mp becomes this camera to real monster.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:32 9

5. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


that stupid dual cam for focus? it cant even get close to 20cm distance for close-up shots.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:48

7. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Whaatttt!! R u serious??
check it.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:50

17. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


yes. im serious.
source is on phonedog.com comparison video.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:35

23. cordawgfrito (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


Wrong.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:00 2

9. mr.techdude (Posts: 545; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


You don't even have the device first of all to even talk soo confidentlly, or r u being paid from Sammy.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:49 2

16. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


hahahahahahahahahaha

. go check phonedog.com comparison against nokia refocus app and this htc dual lens mr."tech"dude.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:50

18. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


and i'd rather get paid or get free phones by nokia than samdung.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:33 4

6. GMS85 (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


You guys need to check this out

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rt425/sets/72157642908546733/

:D

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:58 1

8. mr.techdude (Posts: 545; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Thank you, atleast it gives some interest for the BIG megapixels worshippers. I always had faith in HTC.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:42 1

15. vincelongman (Posts: 1184; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The HTC M8 is capable of f1.8
At f1.8 the blu effect should happen naturally

I don't see why HTC added another camera and their software effects
it make the blu effect a bit too strong IMO

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 12:01

29. vviicckkyy05 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


That's a great set of samples.. Love It..

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:09 1

10. gigaraga (Posts: 1020; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


The camera duo has faster autofocus? It's just like what the Samsung Galaxy S5 has isn't it?

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:52

19. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


they have different methods to get faster focus.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:14 4

11. SamsungELITE (unregistered)


another gimmick from HTC haha

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:52 4

20. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


im waiting for a third camera on the back :D

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 13:54

30. Ashoaib (Posts: 2106; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Thats not bad... 3rd 4th 5th camera, all have different fields of focus and then joined together by software algorithm to give one perfect shot in which all corners will be perfectly focused... no object in the picture will blur out then...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 07:24

31. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


lol this comment. why not just use an edof camera

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:36 1

24. cordawgfrito (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


Says the fanboy of the master of Gimmicks. At least the 'gimmicks' HTC has are actually useful unlike Samsuck.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:48 1

28. SamsungELITE (unregistered)


ooohhhhh noob spotted

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:33

32. cordawgfrito (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


Yeah. You.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:21 2

12. GreekGeek (Posts: 792; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


HTC's stubbornness to stick with the 4 MP is beyond me......Plus the Lytro thing ugh, it looks atrociously fake

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:38 1

26. cordawgfrito (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


And your daftness that higher megapixels mean better images is beyond me. Megapixels don't matter. And the Lyrto thing is awesome. And doesn't look fake. You are just a daft basher.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 04:22 4

13. skyline88 (Posts: 319; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


same gimmick like the UltraPixel, promised great photos, great amount of lights, but totally hopeless during daytime. after the Desire HD, there's no more faith in HTC anymore.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:37

25. cordawgfrito (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


Wrong. Do some research you moron.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:47 3

27. zachattack (Posts: 571; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


No phone camera gets professional results, and this poll is the dumbest s**t i've ever seen. An excuse to further bash HTC for using an 4ultrapixel camera which funny enough can easily compete and do better than the current flagship cameras. Phone Arena you disgust me with crap like this. I tested the phone at my verizon store and the photos came out brilliant. Whoever uses their phones for professional photography is using their damn phone wrong.

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