Camera and Multimedia:

With a 5MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash, the HTC HD7 won't blow any minds, but nevertheless does a good job of making snaps look half decent. With little delay between shots and a speedy interface, everything ticks along nicely. Camera options include scenes (portrait, landscape, sports, beach, backlight, candlelight and macro), Effects (greyscale, negative, sepia, solarize), resolution (VGA, 1MP, 2MP, 3MP, 5MP), metering mode (center, average, spot) as well as flash (auto, on, off).



Colour reproduction is okay, though outdoor shots can look a bit washed out. Well lit indoor shots tend to deliver the most accurate colour reproduction as no light source is overpowering. Detail is ok and we don't feel the HTC HD7's 5MP camera performs significantly worse than, say the HTC Desire HD with its 8MP sensor. It does suffer from a couple of similar exposure issues, though this can be corrected for with the metering function. Dynamic range isn't fantastic, with high contrast scenes lacking detail in the extremities and noise being a big issue as with most camera phones. The twin LED flash is very bright indeed and should help counter this to a point, but not for low light dusky landscape shots. An area the HTC HD7 is noticeably worse than its Android sibling is in macro shots. While both cameras tend to have a couple of focusing hang-ups, the HD7 is markedly softer when taking pictures of close up items. Indoor shots come out ok, largely thanks to the on-board flash, just be careful not to take pictures of people too close in fear of A, blinding them, and B, turning your shots into washed out, blue tinted mistakes. See the sample of the two subjects to see what we mean.



HTC HD7 Sample Video:



On the whole, you're certainly getting an upper middle level camera phone experiences on your new HTC HD7, but certainly not something that could give your compact a run for its money. 

Needless to say with Zune on board, the music experience is a giant step up above the WinMo phones of old. In fact, the music feels more integrated on Windows Phone 7 than on any platform other than the iPhone OS, and if you own a Zune, even more so than that.  It's slick, simple enough to get to grips with and well integrated, with access to basic music functionality on the lock screen for example. Audio quality is good and the Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround offers a great range of output options.


When it comes to videos the Zune software integration lends to compensate for the lack of codec support on the HTC HD7. The phone will play MP4 and WMV files, and the onboard software will convert other video formats to your phone's optimal resolution which is handy, but will leave you waiting a while for your movies, depending on the performance of your computer. With a couple of TV shows watched on the HTC HD7, the experience can be likened to that of the HTC Desire HD once more, with the Dolby Mobile and SRS on board, it was a 4.3 inch auditory and visual immersion.  Colours could have done with being a bit punchier we have to admit, but brightness is adequate, playback is smooth and detail is good.

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