Review: HTC EVO Shift 4G
The EVO Shift 4G's 5 megapixel camera is fairly solid, and is carried forward from other Sense devices. Lack of physical camera key aside, it nails pretty much every other detail.
Once you find the camera app, it launches in about 1 second. There are controls on the screen that let you control the flash and exposure levels without opening the menus. This is nice. Fast access to the flash is a must-have feature for me.
There's a tab on the left side of the screen. Press it to get at many of the camera's other controls. The controls let you adjust the shooting mode, exposure, saturation, sharpness, add effects, as well as dial down and alter the core settings. ISO (the camera's "speed") ranges from 100 to 1250. The camera natively shoots in a 5:3 aspect ratio. You have to change it to 4:3 to get the full megapixel count. Most people won't notice or bother with this.
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The EVO Shift 4G has touch focus; if you see something on the display and you want it to be in focus, press it. The camera will focus on that spot (which hopefully is your friend's radiant smile). Press the screen (or the d-pad on the keyboard of you prefer) to actually take a picture. The EVO Shift 4G focuses fast and shoots pictures fast. The review screen lets you send the photo off wherever you want to send it with just a few quick taps.
It's a tragedy that the EVO 4G doesn't include a second user-facing camera. That means no two-way, face-to-face video chats.
As with other Sense phones, the EVO Shift 4G uses an HTC-made gallery. It can be opened from either the camera or the menu, and presents pictures in either a timeline or via grid. The timeline mixes pictures and videos into one long stream of images and movies. The entire stream flows back and forth as you swipe your finger to and fro in a very fluid manner. I dig it.
Pictures can be cropped and rotated. That's it. Users can't make any other adjustments or edits.
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