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.

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
21.11%
I might not use its effects all the time, but the Duo Camera adds value with its 0.3s autofocus time, too
22.71%
HTC skipped on OIS or higher resolution for this?! I could have just used an app to blur stuff out with similar results!
56.18%

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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)

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32 Comments

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.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Personally, I would have much preferred OIS over Duo camera

22. damokles unregistered

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

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

21. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

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

3. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Its been complete if did it with 8mp .

4. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

5. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

7. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Whaatttt!! R u serious?? check it.

17. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

23. cordawgfrito

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

Wrong.

9. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

16. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

18. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

6. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

8. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 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

29. vviicckkyy05

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

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

10. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

19. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

they have different methods to get faster focus.

11. SamsungELITE unregistered

another gimmick from HTC haha

20. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

im waiting for a third camera on the back :D

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 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...

31. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

lol this comment. why not just use an edof camera

24. cordawgfrito

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

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

28. SamsungELITE unregistered

ooohhhhh noob spotted

32. cordawgfrito

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

Yeah. You.

12. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

26. cordawgfrito

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

13. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

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