HTC Desire EYE Review
Both cameras will satisfy you with the images they produce
At the rear of the Desire EYE, we have a 13MP BSI sensor endowed with a 28mm lens that has an F2.0 aperture and a dual LED flash. Autofocus, HDR, and various manual controls. Have in mind that the snapper shoots in a 16:9 mode by default, so to fully utilize those 13 megapixels, you'll have to select a 4:3 shooting mode from the settings menu. The rear camera produces images with an acceptable amount of detail, with close to no artifacts and mostly accurate colors. Even so, it occasionally tends to produce images that are slightly darker than reality. HDR images are quite adequate, too, even with strong backlight present. However, the snapper disappoints when it comes to images that are taken indoors, under artificial lighting, as these come out quite noisy.
Up front, we have a 13MP camera with a BSI sensor that flaunts a 22mm lens and an F2.2 aperture, accompanied by a dual LED flash. Apart from doing its usual job, the latter also doubles as a "torch" that constantly illuminates your face before you take a selfie, but it lacks an Auto mode. The front-facing camera of the HTC Desire EYE performs quite well – usually, the selfies are very detailed, correctly-exposed, and have a decent color reproduction. Even with strong backlight present - in contre-jour - the self-portraits turn out surprisingly good. Software-wise, the selfie camera comes with HDR, Anti-shake, Backlight, Manual controls, and other useful modes. Taking selfies can easily become a game!
All in all, neither the rear nor the front-facing camera are likely to disappoint you, though they aren't particularly great in what they do.
As far as video recording is concerned, both cameras of the HTC Desire EYE are capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30fps and 720p slow-motion ones, but 4K video-recording is a no-no. Both perform in a similar manner – the videos are correctly-exposed (most of the times), with no noticeable artifacts, yet they suffer from the notorious "rolling shutter" effect, as neither has an image stabilization; what's more, the videos are not as detailed as we'd like them to be. Generally-speaking, both cameras perform just “okay” as far as video recording is concerned – nothing impressive, but the Desire EYE will get the job done.
The Desire EYE comes with HTC's own suite of multimedia apps, such as Gallery and Music. Both come with HTC's signature sleek design, though they are not quite feature-laden. Yet, both HTC's Gallery and Music get the job done. The HTC Zoe multimedia tool is also on board.
The audio-reproducing capabilities of the HTC Desire EYE are top-notch – the BoomSound speakers at the front produce pretty deep and loud sounds, with no perceptible audio distortion even at maximum volume. The low frequencies are a bit “shallow” and “flat”, though, but listening to music from the BoomSound speakers will generally result in a pleasant experience.