HTC Butterfly S ReviewHTC Butterfly S 8
The HTC One was the first to launch with an UltraPixel camera - a 4-megapixel camera with large pixels, Zoe functionality and optical image stabilization that aimed to deliver good all around images and great low-light shots. The Butterfly S features a similar 4-megapixel f/2.0 module, but stripped off one of its biggest advantages - the optical image stabilization (OIS).
Firing up the camera app is relatively quick and inside you have large separate buttons for capturing image stills and recording video. Unlike other devices from Samsung and LG, HTC lacks the plentiful shooting modes that help newbie users - instead you get live filters adding various Instagram-like effects. The camera supports HDR and burst shots. Digging deeper in the settings, you’d find that the interface is packed with all sorts of adjustable features. In the camera menus, you can tweak white balance, ISO, timer and filters, but all of that is spread in a long tedious vertical list of menus and submenus, and is a struggle to find.
The actual images the Butterfly S turn out okay for casual use, but not great. Color fidelity is more or less fine, but images lack liveliness and colors look on the dull side, subdued. The tonality in images is not artificially overblown, but the big problem is with the level of detail that is underwhelmingly low and you can notice a shocking amount of noise creeping into images even in daylight.
Indoor the handset does well, colors become slightly colder and noise is again very much in the way of good images.
Everything looks much better on video. The camera records footage at 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 frames per second. Noise is still noticeable even in broad daylight, but colors somehow look livelier and the captured footage looks smooth, with no skipped frames and almost no rolling shutter effect. The continuous auto-focus features is snappy - the handset quickly swaps focus to objects nearby and distant. You can also choose to lock the focus before shooting, it’s not exactly on par with manual focus controls, but it gets close. You can also take 1-megapixel stills while recording video.
The handset records good quality sound while filming.
Just like the HTC One, the Butterfly S features automatic highlight reels in the gallery. If you go into the gallery and select the ‘events’ view from the dropdown on top, you’d see a short 30-second clip with music and transitions, automatically compiled from all the image and videos you’ve captured throughout the day. Neat.
There is a 2.1-megapixel front camera that will come to good use for video conferencing.
The large and vivid 5” 1080p display is a great asset for enjoying video, images on the go, and the loud and clear front stereo speakers delivering excellent rich audio just add to that.
The built-in media player easily opens and plays back almost all file formats with only Divx/Xvid-encoded movies not supported out of the box. There’s a plethora of good media players on Google Play to help fix that (MX Player is one suggestion).
The music player is an HTC creation as well and it shows your library broken down in a neat two-column view with a rectangle for albums, artists, songs and so on.
HTC Butterfly S Review - Camera and Multimedia
|Display||5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) S-LCD 3|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2 GB RAM
|Size||5.69 x 2.78 x 0.42 inches|
(144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6 mm)
5.64 oz (160 g)
|Battery||3200 mAh, 29 hours talk time|