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.

You can tap to focus on the foreground in portraits, or the background for added emphasis, and the rest will get artistically blurred-out, for example. HTC also lets you lay various augmented reality and color effects over the foreground or background, and all of this can happen after you've taken the shot. The kicker is that the depth information is collected with every snap, so you don't have to wait for the phone to take multiple photos with different focus setting, like it works with other manufacturers. The Duo Camera makes record 0.3s autofocus time possible, so it all happens instantaneously.

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. After all is done and dusted, however, we are interested to hear what you personally think about the new dual-lens camera that only HTC offers on its flagship. Do you consider it a welcome and useful invention, that adds significant value to the smartphone camera realm, or is it more of a gimmick innovation for the sake of it, whose effects people won't use on a regular basis? Take your pick in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.

HTC One M8 Duo Camera - innovation or a gimmick?

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

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Who's voting 1st option?

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I don't know haha but I voted 2 bc I ordered a HTC One (M8) for that cool effect haha. Actually it's more for the build quality and front facing speakers. I don't take pictures that much at all, the picture quality isn't the #1 deciding factor for me

33. AbhiD

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

you could have ordered Z2 instead! All the goodies of htc one + extra amazing stuff that can easily smother the one

34. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I could have, but being on AT&T they don't think they are going to carry it. Beside, if Z2 does come out on AT&T I'll just use my line's upgrade to get it since I used my gf's line's upgrade to get the HTC One haha.

38. engineer-1701d unregistered

z2 useless big phone watch the drop test on m8 10 feet face down fine driven over with a suv still fine. all drop test great phone z2 first impact shattered.

11. karkavelas

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

People who are voting the 1st option, are the same kind of people who think that the s5 looks good...

39. engineer-1701d unregistered

i vote 1 but hate the gs5 look.

22. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

The second camera was okay if it wud have been an additional only when the quality was already great...cant take that as a selling definitely not the 1st option...

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Answer: those guys who like cameras.

31. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

fools that cant get over that HTC is dead.

36. engineer-1701d unregistered

me 1st not for pro camera use when in air conditioning you take a pic of a data plate some things are out of focus this could save a drive back or taking multiple pics on a job.

2. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Useless for me a tleast.i prefer Z2 this year even though i will skip it and wait for SD805 devices

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just wait until August/September for Z3 :D It'll probably be using 805 by then

48. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

thats my plan.I hope Z3 will hit major Us carriers

55. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

no it will be the ULTRA 2

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Don't wait for the 805. 2 options: buy a device now or wait for 2015.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Unfortunately a gimmick.. I had high hopes for nothing. Z2 for me.

58. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i felt the same to, sony Z for me to

7. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Dual Camera - Gimmick (If we say the Fingerprint sensor is a gimmick then this too is)... OIS - A Must req for Mobile Cameras...

9. papss unregistered

lets be honest... SS is the king of gimmicks but again who cares? They sell a sh!t ton of their gimmicky phones so why change

16. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

finger print isn't a gimmick because it's somewhat usual tbh the only gimmick thing about are the ad apple make for it !

20. papss unregistered

But its not all that practical really. Its slower than sliding, its not all that more secure than a password and the NSA has access to your finger print (okay this one is me being paranoid)

28. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yeah but my friend says it makes itunes password so much easier to use finger print and in most cases he just uses it to unlock and the nsa have your finger print on your birth certificate anyway :) ! never had personal experience with it

23. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

yes finger print is a gimmick. Just use pattern or pin for the security

8. papss unregistered

I ordered the one but I'm not sure the camera is that great.. But who cares? I have a L1520 as my daily driver and will be due for another upgrade in Nov so these two will hold me off and if not there is always Craigslist lol. I can't wait to get my hands on the dark aluminum one.. Currently flying from TX to me in OH

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Looks like you r millionaire.

32. papss unregistered

Na I just have a great wife that lets me buy/sell my phones on demand.

10. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I prefer the extra camera over heart rate sensor.

13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hell yeah... Any day

14. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I prefer just a good OIS camera over both

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