How to take better photos with the HTC One M9 – 11 camera tips and tricks

How to take better photos with the HTC One M9 – 11 camera tips and tricks
For quite a while, HTC was trying to convince us that the number of megapixels on a camera didn't matter as much as the actual size of each individual pixel. This was the concept around which HTC's 4-megapixel "UltraPixel" camera was conceived. Alas, HTC's unorthodox solution was never a match for its competitors, as phones by Samsung, LG, Nokia, and the iPhone usually spun circles around the UltraPixel shooter during our camera comparisons.

For the One M9, however, HTC chose to abandon its UltraPixel ambitions. Instead, the company picked a 20MP main camera for its new flagship – one that was finally going to wow us with its images. Yet it didn't. All in all, the camera on the HTC One M9 gets the job done, but compared to rivals like the iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6, it lags behind in terms of overall image quality.

Still, there's a trick or two that you can use to get the most out of your HTC One M9's camera. By tweaking the camera settings or by using certain camera modes, you may end up with great images – images that the camera's automatic mode can't quite produce. Read on to learn more.

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One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

try harder htc, maybe another year or two...

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

they'll have to get it right next year or they will be in real trouble.

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

For the past 4 years... Everyone has been saying that. HTC ain't going know where. They're undoubtedly pitiful but they keep hanging on the edge of a cliff with a weird ass cable.

26. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

You are a very strange bird, possibly on payroll or just a diehard fan? HTC does a lot of things right but this year it really went south for them. The lack of redesign and the use of the SD810 (not really HTC's fault) means little sales. If they dropped their prices it might make sense to buy a One M9 but not at this moment. HTC was already in financial trouble though, if they can survive the M9 and they get the next flagship wrong it will be the end of them though.

13. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

How to take better photos ? Sell your costly htc phone and get a dslr. You will be able to take really awesome photos. Plus you will be left with money to a smartphone with an almost the same specs as htc m9 which is xiaomi redmi note, though its screen is 720p with mediatek 1.7 ghz octa processor. Want the best android smartphone ? Sell your htc m9 and get samsung galaxy note 4. Ready to compromise by getting less phone by spending more money? You have many options just like the htc m9 and then go to PA and research for how to tweak your mediocre camera to get better photos out of it.

14. singhkaran9830 unregistered

Its camera hardware is great.Software plays a major role in which HTC messed up.A lumia,probably 630(don't remember the model exactly) has the same sensor and grabs excellent pictures.If HTC fixes their camera software M9 can easily come close to other flagships of 2015.

4. maherk

Posts: 7054; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

even with all those "tricks", the pictures were also subpar compared to what 2014 flagships had to offer, let alone the 2015 flagships.

22. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

The M9 used the same sensor as the Lumia 930 and that's still considered the best camera phone. So thanks for showing you are biased and just hate HTC.

5. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

just surprised that the zenfone 2 that is 299 takes better pictures than the M9 which is 649

21. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Only that's not true.

6. sun0066

Posts: 288; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

I really want to like the m9 but the camera is something that I can not overlook it is really bad and I was supposed to do anything else but to press the shoot button to take at least average pics , and that is not the case , so I had it and I return it .

20. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

The camera isn't bad tho. One trip to Flickr will show you that. The M9 uses the same camera sensor as the Lumia 930. The Lumia 930 was considered the best camera phone of 2014. So nice try mate but you are a liar.

8. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

HTC should crucify whoever decided on this camera.

11. waddup121 unregistered

That's saying alot! wooo

19. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

It's the same camera as in the Lumia 930.

12. Gawain

Posts: 452; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

This is one of the best "how-to" articles I've ever read. Excellent!

23. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Youre right.

24. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Mmm M10 maybe will be better, respect for HTC and M9 looks amazing but its TOO EXPENSIVE for what it really does...

25. rajkatiyar07

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

Well ! its not the camera ..its the person beyond that camera hate HTC beacause you love samsung or some other brand ..that's all guys..go and take a nap. may god have mercy

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