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Today's the HTC One M8's big day, and new shots and videos of the handset keep pouring in. HTC has now shared three "First Look" clips to its YouTube account that primarily focus on the phone's camera. That so-called "Duo Camera" is the device's most peculiar feature, so it's worth taking a look at just what it does.

This first video is the most general of the bunch. It touches on the M8's metal unibody design, Motion Launch (answer the phone by lifting it to your ear), and a few camera editing features. Some examples include the ability to refocus a shot and the power to edit the foreground and background elements of an image separately.

The second one emphasizes the phone's physical cameras, explaining some of the depth information the twin shooters are able to capture. It then goes on to demonstrate even more editing options, such as the provided filters that animate the desired season using snow, leaves, or flowers.

This third video describes the M8's ultrapixels, explaining why consumers shouldn't let the lower megapixel scare them away (partly by never using the word megapixel).

There you have it, more moving pictures of the HTC One M8 in all it's glory.

Update: More videos:

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  • Josh Rice

    Considering how poorly their camera is still performing, this seems incredibly disingenuous of them to keep saying how great it is. They should really just focus on what else their platform provides, because they do have a lot of great features there. Just a shame they lie about their quality so blatantly.

    • Adam

      I have the HTC One now and I personally think it's a great camera. I guess everyone has their own opinion but I get more frustrated at taking a photo in the evening and it coming out pretty much black than a tiny loss on quality in photos taken in bright situations (that's probably because I live in the UK and it's always overcast) :)

      • Josh Rice

        I ordered mine today, but I don't have high hopes for the camera. I guess it's good that it works better in low/very-low light, but the reviews with actual pics from the phone on other sites don't look very promising in regular light situations.

        • blast0id

          let's be honest, no one is buying this phone for the camera... that goes for every other phone just about too...

          • tim242

            The camera on a phone is the number one thing that consumers are looking for. You're half right though. People don't buy HTC phones for the camera, which explains the low sales.

          • tim242

            The camera on a phone is the number one thing that consumers are looking for. You're half right though. People don't buy HTC phones for the camera, which explains the low sales.

      • abqnm

        I like the camera on my One also. I know it isn't going to take amazing shots that I can zoom and crop, but it is the most versatile smartphone camera I have used.

        I don't expect my smartphone to take DSLR quality photos. I do want to be able to take good photos in many different situations and the HTC One handles this very well. It works better in more situations than my S3 ever did and that to me makes a good smartphone camera.

        • Sukumar

          Shooting pics of a toddler is so damn difficult, they never stay still. Zoe on my HTC one has been a real pleasure to use. That's the most used thing and the reason why I love my camera.

          Take a Zoe, choose a frame, save it, delete zoe Job done.

          • abqnm

            I do miss that. I wasn't happy with the 4.4.2 Sense 5.5 update as it just felt laggy and slower than 4.3. I converted to GPE and love it, but I do miss the extra camera features.

            The new leaked Sense 6.0 for the One looks to run much better on the M7 than 5.5/4.4.2 does, so I will probably switch back when that is released officially.

            I mainly love being able to take great indoor photos without having to use the flash. On my Galaxy S3, unless the room was well lit, I had to use the ugly blue flash way more than I liked to get a decent shot. With the HTC One, for the most part if I can see, so can the camera and that makes it worth it.

        • tim242

          The S4 beats it, handily. The S3 came out a year before.

          • abqnm

            The S4 isn't much better than the S3 in low-light.

          • tim242

            The S4 has an auto low light setting that takes low light pictures with less noise than the One. Even DSLR cameras don't take the best low light pictures. There's a reason they come with huge flashes. I don't take many low light pictures, though.

        • tim242

          The S4 beats it, handily. The S3 came out a year before.

    • Ricardo Neves

      Do they talk about Zooming and Cropping ability? No, so what's the problem? They're just highlighting what their camera does best (low light shots and the Dual-Camera features). The camera is not terrible, it's just not made for the Pixel junkies.

      • Mike Gonzalez

        come on man... even the front camera has more megapixels than the back ones...
        it's like they cant make ultrapixel cameras with more megapixels for some reason

        • Ricardo Neves

          And does the Front Camera take better pictures because of that? I do agree it should be higher than 4MP (maybe a 6MP camera with slightly smaller pixels would do the trick), but maybe size constraint is a problem. Remember the sensor size is as big as most other flagships (with the exception of Sony).

          • Nathan Bryant

            Hardware is only half the battle my friend. They need to go up in megapixels. It's the only way. If they had higher megapixels but lacked in hardware for the camera, it would suck. The Nexus has a higher count but still sucks because the hardware for the camera and software is poor. Moto X has 10 and still sucks because the hardware and software for it are poor in the camera department. HTC has great hardware and software supporting the camera, but it needs a higher count to produce better images. Other companies are increasing the count along with the sensors and what not every year. HTC is only increasing hardware. You can't make a 4MP camera but so good. Increase the count is key too. To be honest they need at least an 8.

          • Ricardo Neves

            I agree with you. I wish it had at least 6MP with a bigger sensor. If Sony can use a 1/2.3" sensor why can't HTC? With the One you just have to accept the fact you can't Zoom/Crop without loosing quality. If you're looking at them Zoomed out, there isn't much difference.

          • imlip

            you seem to claim you know how to fix their camera performance. they should totally hire you so you can say "HTC, you need at least an 8"

          • blast0id

            yeah, I think an 8MP ultra pixel would be about as good as a phone camera would ever "need" to be... hopefully the "all new one(3)" will get there... but I will still buy this phone as soon as my budget allows, and will happily hand my fiance the M7...

          • MistiXF

            Cheesus...do you guys even know the difference between 6MP and 8MP camera? Picture size. And that's the only difference. Image quality is not affected by pixel count!

          • tim242

            You keep telling yourself that.

      • Brendan Beaulieu

        Yeah but numbers! If it's a higher number than that must mean it's better!

      • Nathan Bryant

        They mention quality. If you listen to what he says he dances around the topic with select words. Stop defending by being a fan. I like this phone but even I know it's underwhelming. It has nothing to do with pixel junkies. Honestly with more pixels and the supporting hardware you produce much better pictures. HTC didn't because they lack the count. The hardware alone won't. Other competing phones coming out have the same features and their own improved light techniques, depth in field, etc but actually come out good because of a higher pixel count, and supporting hardware. Pixels basically do matter or for half the battle anyway. It's dead obvious.

        I've owned the previous M7 and took it back because the camera was poor in my opinion in comparison to others. Yea, it's good in low light, but most of your pictures won't be in low light. If is it's because it's late in the day anyways and you could careless. It'll get you by, but be honest man. They lack in that department.

        • TylerChappell

          It's completely asinine to care about the MP count in something as tiny as a smartphone's camera sensor. If you really care so much about how your photos look, then be wise enough to spend $600 on a DSLR rather than a phone and capture images the way they were meant to be captured. Smartphones are still phones first and foremost, not cameras for professional photographers. Besides, no one cares how good your instagram food or ego-boosting selfies look.

          • tim242

            My 13 MP pics from my S4 made beautiful vacation pictures last summer. I am very excited for the S5 camera. The best camera is the one you can fit in your pocket and have with you at all times...4 MP just won't cut it.

          • tim242

            My 13 MP pics from my S4 made beautiful vacation pictures last summer. I am very excited for the S5 camera. The best camera is the one you can fit in your pocket and have with you at all times...4 MP just won't cut it.

  • Manjot Bhussar

    I think the camera is meant for average Joe and I'm sure he will be amazed by it. I don't think it's a big deal but it is innovative and has some useful features which makes is stand apart from the competition. Their Ultra pixel technology is still a baby and what we saw here is version 2.0 of their attempt at it. I'm sure it will get better and better and with camera app in play store, it might make it better with future updates as we saw with nexus 5 and moto x.

    But I seriously think this should at least think twice of the background music they are using in these videos. Simply stupid. Compare it with Samsung ads I think Samsung does it pretty well in placing focus on narrative voice rather than stupid background music.

  • Nathan Bryant

    Solid phone, but the camera part is complete bull.

  • vyktorsouza

    why is everyone ignoring the fact that they're using transparent-ish status bar and transparent navigation bar in every core app? cuz that is kind of a big deal for me

  • FlexPlexico

    Looks like a great phone. However I don't trust HTC anymore after their abysmal track record when it comes to updating their phones. Goodbye HTC!