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printed October 25, 2014
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Review: HTC HD7

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Photos from the 5-megapixel camera on the HTC HD7 were pretty good. I got some great shots out of the camera, but some were pretty messy, and a few failed completely. Under bright outdoor light, pictures looked very good. Images had a nice depth of field and details were solid, as long as I didn’t zoom in too close while reviewing them on my monitor. The camera oversaturates reds, like many small imaging sensors, so my pictures of the red flowers look like a blob of jelly with almost no detail.

I was disappointed with the camera’s macro capabilities. I wanted to get much closer to my subjects, but my macro shots always came out blurry. Even indoors with the bright flash, the camera was not able to pick up sharp details up close.

Indoors, pictures in general looked blurry. A few shots, though, have me worried. Some of my indoor shots came out with a dramatic pink coloration. I could see this issue on the viewfinder as well, as I note in my video sample below. The HTC HD2 has similar problems at launch, but the issue was fixed in a later firmware update. Hopefully this is not a chronic problem with the HD7.

 

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Video

Video quality from the HD7 seemed even better than the still image quality. The high-def, 720p video I shot with the camcorder looked great, among the best I’ve seen on a phone. It wasn’t flawless. The camera adjusts the focus while you’re shooting video, but it did not always adjust in time, and I ended up with long stretches of blur. Still, when the view is sharp, the video looks great.

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