Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Over the last week, during my visit to Paris, I've been using both my regular camera and the EVO 4G I got at Google I/O for taking shots and videos of the beautiful French capital.

So what kind of pictures can you expect from the EVO, which has an 8MP camera and a dual LED flash? Just click on the images below to find out.

Camera Details And Performance

The performance of the camera during the day far exceeded my expectations - the pictures come out very sharp and crisp, for a mobile phone camera - it almost seems like there is an image stabilization packed somewhere in there.

Of course, performance varies depending on conditions, substantially suffering in the dark, and no, it won't replace a dedicated camera.

The camera automatically focuses, or you can pick a manual focus point by holding your finger over a specific location on the screen. The autofocus works really well in my experience, unlike the one on the HTC Hero.

The dual LED flash is very-very bright for a cell phone camera - just look at the pictures taken in complete darkness. I was able to take pictures in pretty dark places without too many problems - the camera flashes once to focus, and then the second time to take the picture. Pretty worry free if you're out on the town and want to take some photos of your friend passed out under a dark chair at a bar.

Since EVO 4G sports a speedy Snapdragon processor, taking pictures with it is pure pleasure - the camera app loads in a split second, taking the picture and moving on is very snappy, as is switching between the camera and the photos already taken.

The camera software is what you would expect from an Android 2.1 phone, with an additional option of switching to the front facing 1.3MP camera. As MG Siegler of Techcrunch noted in his post, switching between the 2 cameras takes far too many clicks. Fortunately, you almost never have to do that, so not having yet another button wasting the screen real estate is actually a plus in my book.

One interesting fact is that EVO can take pictures in widescreen mode, and it does so by default. This is controlled by the "Widescreen" option in the settings.

The max resolutions when switched to the 8MP mode are 3264x1952 in widescreen mode and 3264x2448 in regular mode - that's a lot of pixels.

The front facing 1.3MP camera's max resolution is 1280x960.

The ISO starts at 100 and goes all the way up to 1250, and of course has an Auto mode.

Another thing I wanted to add was that it turned out to be much harder than I thought to take pictures as horizontally as I'd want them to be, compared to my Canon. Some pictures end up being crooked, even though I could swear I was holding the phone fine.

One annoying thing about the EVO, especially apparent while taking pictures, was pressing the touch-sensitive buttons when I didn't mean to. This happens all the time and pulls up a Google Search box, goes home, or back - really annoying. I wish there was a way to have those buttons require a long press while in the camera mode.

Note: If you want to view the full size pictures outside of the lightbox, right click on the thumbnail you want and select Copy Link Location or Save As. Be warned that they are quite large (remember the 8 megapixels?)

Day Shots

EVO really shines when taking shots with good lighting available.

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Inside Shots

Inside shots still do pretty well, though some artifacting and graininess can be noticed.

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Shots While Moving

Moving shots are still pretty crisp and not blurry.

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Night Shots

Here are the best night shots I'd taken. There are lots of artifacts and graininess which makes me wonder if the ISO the camera switches to may be too high for its sensor size.

A lot of shots, which I haven't included here, don't come out right in the dark, so you definitely want to use a separate camera if you are planning on taking those.


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Shots In Complete Darkness

I was very impressed with how the dual LED flash performed. It lit up a completely dark small space pretty well, albeit giving the photos an unnatural whitish tint. There is simply no competition compared to my previous Android phone - the HTC Hero, which has no flash at all. These photos are lower res, as I took them a while ago before I tweaked the settings.

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720P HD Video Recording

Sample 720P HD videos are coming in a separate review, as I'm having trouble uploading to YouTube during my trip. Stay tuned.

Final Words

EVO 4G's 8MP camera is the best camera I'd ever used in a mobile phone, especially during the day. It is very snappy, which makes it a pleasure to use. The auto focus works better than expected as well.

Having said that, EVO's camera is not a proper replacement for a good dedicated camera, even a point-and-shoot one. However, having access to a camera of this caliber at all times right in your pocket is priceless.

What do you, our readers, think about EVO's camera? How does it stack up against yours? The comments are always open for you.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.zoliblog.com Zoli Erdos

    My impression comparing it to a Canon SD750 that the images by the EVO are perhaps a bit too sharp. Hard to tell what it is, something strange along the outline of objects - when you use the auto-sharpen tool in Picasa and it gets a bit overdone.

    Also a word of comparison to the HTC Incredible's almost identical camera: the Incredi has a dedicated button as shutter release and it's a bit hard to press, almost always causing camera shake. The soft button on the EVO's display is much better.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks Zoli, I did notice the sharpness, which is what I meant by "crisp" perhaps but I don't find it particularly a bad thing - in fact, I think it's great for a mobile camera.

      Regarding the snap button, indeed I appreciate the soft button but since it snaps the pictures so fast, I think pressing the soft button on the screen still manages to introduce enough shake to throw the camera off center horizontally. Much better than a hardware button would have been though, that's for sure.

      I recommend you use a timer (2s or so) when taking pictures - I've been using this technique with my point-and-shoot for better, sharper pictures for years, especially in the dark.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Evil_E

    Nice pictures, but doesn't compare to my 8.1mp camera in X10i they are mutch better at daytime but sucks during night shots because of a silly tiny flash...

  • mtndew

    Some great shots
    How much of the card did the Pictures chew up on average?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Each picture at the highest res is about 2-3.5 MB.

  • Wes

    Speaking of a timer, does the Evo have timer options?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yes it does. Off, 2s, 10s, and I'm sure you can find other apps that offer a custom timer.

      • Wes

        Awesome. Thanks so much!

  • Placido

    The EVO camera takes breathtaking macros for a phone camera! Did you see the sample ones that are on goodandevo.net today? Stunning! There are also nice great images on androinica.com from last week.

    I see that the sky turns all white in some of the photos. That is not a sign of a good camera. But for macro work, I think it is very good!

    Paris looks amazing. Thank you for sharing part of your trip with us.

  • spary

    Wow. super nice!
    Woohoo! thanks to toastcfh at XDA-Dev... this bad boy already has froyo!!

  • chris

    I am sorry to say that I found them all to be very.... Unnatural and over-sharp.. They were horrible!

    Sorry, but the Droid is softer and more natural. Your photos hurt.. over colored and over sharp!

    Again sorry...

  • Stefan

    I downloaded full size pics to view in 100% size and all pics even with great light conditions have "noise" in the pictures.
    I agree with conclusion. No way this can even compete with any dedicated camera but it's great alternative if you don't a camera on hand.

  • reek

    wooow beautiful pics man.
    im getting this phone on the 4th.
    some people find something bad to say about every thing. its in there dna. lol
    those pics were beautiful i wish i was there..

  • jim

    The objects are a little too dark for day time shots. This is due to the sky light too bright. I think the camera software should try to compensate it.

  • Kristy

    Is there a continuous shot option on the Evo? I know that the Epic has this option (takes 9 quick shots in a row - great for moving kids, etc)

  • phil

    Just returned my Sony Bloggie Touch...the EVO does it all...plus...

  • Shannan

    Is there a stabilization setting? I cannot find it. Seems like there should be.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No, there isn't. Usually the lens needs to support stabilization but I suppose software solutions exist as well, but EVO doesn't have them.