Capturing the Moment with the HTC Windows 8x Phone

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Windows HTC 8x Camera
Over the past 4 months, I’ve had 3 different phones. I’ve gone from iPhone to Android to now a Windows phone. It’s definitely a learning curve, but it’s nice to really see features on a phone that I might not have known existed. I’ll admit that I was pretty skeptical when I got the HTC Windows 8x phone. I took a few days to watch videos and really play with the phone so that I could get familiar with it. Although I am still getting acquainted with my new phone, I wanted to highlight on the camera today.

 

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I used to carry a point and shoot camera with me if I didn’t have my big bulky DSLR. With the way cell phones are now, you don’t really need a point and shoot camera. I’ve been using the Windows phone to capture moments with it’s 8 megapixel camera. It also has an led flash which is nice for low lighting situations. I took this pic of my hubby on his birthday when we surprised him at work with an edible arrangement and took him to lunch. I did have to take a few different pictures, there was a bit of blur, so you need to make sure to stabilize before you take a picture.

 

 

There are a lot of settings you can play around with on the camera which I haven’t seen a lot of. You can change the resolution, white balance, exposure, effects, contrast and more. In the photo below I changed to a black and white filter and added higher contrast. Looks pretty good, huh?

 

 

If you turn the camera around on yourself, it’s only a 2 megapixel camera so the quality is quite a bit less, but still nice to be able to self portrait if you want to.

After capturing the moment, it’s easy to visualize your albums and pictures with the live tiles in the photos app. I love that all of my Facebook pictures are synced here as well so I can pull or share any picture from Facebook if I want. I also really like that there is a big clear 4.3 inch screen to view and take pictures with.

 

 

The video camera on the HTC 8x Windows phone does a good job video wise, recording 1080p video, but the audio is lacking. If you want to e-mail a video to yourself or someone else, it is compressed and you lose a lot of the quality. I learned that with a vlog this week. If you are looking to retain the high quality video that the HTC 8x has to offer, don’t compress and e-mail, upload directly to your computer. I learned this the hard way. When they are uploaded directly to my computer, the quality is really wonderful, although like I said the audio has room for improvement.

Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with how the Windows HTC 8x has performed although there is room for improvement.

 

I received a sample of the Windows HTC 8x phone to facilitate this post as part of Social Chorus.  All opinions remain 100% my own.  #HTC8 #Troop8X

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Comments

  1. 5

    Wow! Super cool. I have an iPhone… but the newer NON-apple phone products like the HTC Windows look great! 🙂
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  2. 6

    Would love to have a phone with a camera that great!

  3. 7
    Michelle Chow says:

    Hello, B&KR. I always apprecaite honesty. Thank you so much for this article and for revealing that you received a sample of the Windows HTC 8x phone. I really appreciate your honest opinion on the pros and cons and your overall opinion of this phone in regards to the camera capability of this cell phone model. A very thorough article and I loved the personal advice based on your own trial and error. The pictures to accompany the article were very helpful and I really enjoyed this article; thank you, B&KR.

  4. 8
    Len Marshall says:

    Just curious if you know how to play flash videos with it that are on websites or watching videos on Ustream? I can watch Youtube videos just fine but no luck with other videos even the ones people post on Facebook. This is the only downfall I really see with the phone but maybe they will have a Flash App coming soon.

  5. 9

    I just got my HTC Windows 8X yesterday and have watched a few different videos so that I was able to learn about some of the different features. I haven’t really messed with the camera to much et but I am getting there. From your pictures it looks like you have it down pretty well. Thanks for sharing.
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