HTC Desire 626 Review
A passable 8 MP shooter that will not inspire you in any way.
Looking into the Desire 626’s camera hardware, it’s presented with an 8-megapixel main rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera combo. The camera interface is the same as that on other Sense 7.0 running phones. However, its shooting modes have been whittled down to only 3 main modes – automatic, HDR, and panoramic. The front camera forgoes having any sort of beautifying options.
Understandably, the camera’s performance is mostly underwhelming. Well, we shouldn’t expect too much considering that we’re dealing with an entry-level offering here, but nonetheless, a slightly more composed shooter would have been much appreciated. Fine details are almost non-existent, as it captures photos that appear somewhat smudgy, which becomes more apparent when there’s less lighting in the shot. Even though digital noise is kept to a minimum in extreme low-light situations, its quality is just too fuzzy and the lack of fine details deprive it from being a strong candidate. However, we do like how its HDR mode performs under high-contrast scenes by focusing on the shadows to giving them increased exposure.
The problem is not that it maxes out at 720p resolution, but the fact that it produces unbelievably soft and subdued details, which isn’t aided by the heavy noise and crackly voices that its microphone picks up.
While it’s usable for watching videos, its speaker performance is subdued and lacks depth.
Jumping over to the Sense music player, it features the same visuals and operations we’re familiar with – so that includes a nifty looking visualizer option while playing a song. The 72.5 dB of power being produced by its internal speaker is just ample enough for close confined spaces, but its thin toned production prevents it from having a commanding presence.
Video playback isn’t an issue at all with the HTC Desire 626, as 1080p clips play smoothly without any evidence of choppiness.