Review: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE for Verizon Wireless
The Incredible's camera mirrors the features and behavior of those found on the One X and One S. It offers plenty of advanced functions.
Since there is no dedicated camera button, you have to open the camera from a home screen shortcut or the main app menu. It opens very quickly. The controls are laid out simply. On the top-left corner you'll see the flash controls. Rather than obstruct the screen with a drop-down menu, it simply cycles between on, auto, and off every time you press it.
The full settings menu lets users adjust video quality, the review screen, the ISO, white balance, etc. There are some really cool advanced features, such as continuous shooting and video stabilization. Press the giant "A" in the lower left corner to access the different types of capture and scene modes, such as HDR, panorama, portrait, macro, etc.
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The Incredible has two shutter buttons. The top one shoots still images, and the lower one captures video. The result is that you never have to switch between camera or video modes, you just choose the shutter button that takes pictures, or the one that shoots video. The really neat feature is that you can take still images while recording video (without interrupting the video.)
I like HTC's treatment of the camera in its Sense software, and the performance is just as good as what I saw on the One X and One S.
The main view of the gallery shows stacks of photos, images, and videos floating on the screen. They are broken down into groupings such as Camera Shots, All Photos, All Videos, and Screenshots. At the top of the screen, you'll see a drop-down menu that says "Albums." Press it, and you'll automatically see a list of all the photo albums associated with the phone and your online accounts, such as Facebook, Flickr, DropBox, or Picasa.
You can of course share photos through any social network/messaging service you want. You can set the images as your wallpaper, print them, see the photos' location on a map, etc.
Editing features are very limited. You can crop, rotate, or apply effects. That's it. The effects run the typical selection, such as black & white, antique, etc. There is no third-party photo-editing software, but there is a video editor. It lets you piece together videos you've captured with the phone into simple projects.
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