How to take better photos and videos with your HTC One (M8)

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.

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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. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Good tips.

17. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

"How to take better photos and videos with your HTC One (M8)" You can't.

26. bf2675

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Good one.. Hahaha so funny. As someone who's actually compared photo's of all the flagship phones in the flesh, I have to say they M7 is the best of the last generation of phones for photo's, especially if you know what you are doing and you want to show pics off on a 42inch HD tv or facebook. If you want to Zoom into someones face in a picture of 20 people knock yourself out, because the S5 pics won't be any better than the S4, and the S4 took no better pics than the M7. The HTC One M8 takes sharper pics than both with a lower rez in most standard shots, and takes much much better low light shots. Get both, test them, compare them, then come back. Let's not forget, before the S5, no other phone could take on the fly quickfire shots like the M7 and now the M8.

2. Skidro13

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

Indeed! Camera is my only complaint with my M8, and its still pretty awesome.

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Just don't buy this phone then.

20. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Not everyone buys phone just to take photos

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Wish it could take great pics by standard without doing any of those adjustments.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Good but still 4mp ultrapixel is not enough. I've seen some M7 shots myself so obviously M8 will have better shots and they(M7) are not as bad as everyone saying. But I'm just a normal person and doesn't care much about mobile cameras but that's just me. picture quality of M7 photos were pretty decent when zoom out but not that good when zoomed in even i could notice the difference. So they should've put a 8MP camera on M8 this year. i love m8 design and sense ui (because of no lag) and about that second camera i was expecting some kind of combing pixel and capture high res photo with great quality, But ended up being just some effect making camera. cameras on smartphones are improved very much , special thanks to nokia and preview tech. People no longer need good camera but they need awesome camera like Lumias,G2,s4 etc camera's on HTC are always let down. i really hope they become profitable again like in old days since they make some gorgeous unique phone with premium material and never had any trouble with build quality of 2 htc I've owned.

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Any phone that needs tips on avoiding the power button and taking good pics isn't a very good phone. Everyone will realize just how poor the last two HTC phones are in a few years. We should test this. In 5 years. We will pull out a GS4 and GS5 and use them for a day and the pull out an M7 and M8 and use them for a day. I bet you anything we would be able to put up with the Galaxy dumb phones easily and throw the two HTC One dumb phones in the recycling bin at best buy.

14. mail2eswar

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

I am using my HTC Desire HD of 3.5 years old and it can take whatever job I through it on. I am planning to use this for atleast another 6 months as my main phone and then move it as a backup. And there is the famous HTC HD2 which is of more 5 or 6 years old phone people still uses. These are just two example that I can give for HTC's quality of products. HTC decisions while designing the products go wrong normally like Battery capacity, Ultra pixel and other small things but their build quality is always good atleast on the flagships.

7. karkavelas

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

One word about this phone:AMAZING!!!

8. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Phone arena is smart, they post all these articles specifically targeting ignorant fans who will say anything despite truth. Oh well, here's to another bad article trying to make the HTC One seem like a bad camera phone when it is in actuality not bad at all

11. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Why is this a bad article? Tips to help the user take better pictures are welcomed. Some people are really bad at photography, so this could help them.

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Just don't crop and you'll be fine lol Sorry,,,still not convinced

10. ncallan

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I'd like to see an update from htc enabling some sort of multiple photo interpolation like what oppo has done on the find 7. The m8 is capable of taking photos so quickly it could easily stick 3 or 4 together and capture a pseudo 16mp image with little or no motion artefacts. I'm sure the hardware is capable of doing this. At the moment I'd have the m8 in an instant over the competion if only the camera wasn't so rubbish. I had the original one for a few months and it's camera let me down so many times due to lack of resolution.

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Crap image quality. My s2 still takes more detailed images.

13. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

the fact that PA has to put a specific article about how to improve the quality of the photo taken by the M8 just shows how crappy the camera is..

15. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

good thing the s5 will take great pictures out the box !!!

16. papss unregistered

Good thing the s5 looks like every phone they have made for three years. I'm not rewarding lazy designers

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

Considering that the S3 was the Samsung's first phone to use their current design language & it came out less than 2 years ago, you're clearly wrong.

18. jckc92

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

If I want to do all this stuff to take a good picture then I will buy a DSL. Take a pic with a G2, S4, or a Nokia 928 and they all look good..End of story

19. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I'm getting my M8 today and going to see for myself. Thanks for the tips Nick/Phonearena.

21. papss unregistered

Its a great phone and I'm sure you will love it

22. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012


23. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

How to take better photos and videos with your HTC One ? Just release a better camera like other oem's do damn it !!!! #ultraprickcamerasucks

24. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011


27. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

I had a LG g2 and now a m8. I would never go back to g2, the m8 camera is very good. I was expecting a crap camera, but is better than my g2. Only lack resolution, but dat speed is awesome.

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