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Review: HTC myTouch 4G Slide

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Camera

The 4G Slide has a powerful camera. It shoots up to 8 megapixels and includes a bevy of new shooting modes that may lead to better results.

Pressing the physical camera button for about one second launches the camera -- even when the phone is locked. HTC took a large from Microsoft's playbook it seems. There is a duplicate software shutter button on the right side of the screen, and some quick controls on the left. These let you adjust the different shooting modes (Auto, HDR, Burst-shot, panorama, night, etc.), as well as the flash. You can also switch to the video camera and front-facing camera.

The 4G Slide offers touch to focus, meaning you can touch the object in the viewfinder and it will focus there. In truth, it is focusing constantly. Every time you move the camera, it automatically focuses on whatever is there. This helps the 4G Slide take pictures a lot faster than most other cameras, because chances are what you want to shoot is already in focus.

 

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The shooting modes are really great and can make all the difference if used correctly. The HDR setting, for example, helps balance out light and dark areas in certain settings. The panorama mode is helpful for stitching together wide vistas and landscapes. The burst-shot captures several images in quick succession and is useful at times when there is fast action (such as sports).

The camera also has a full settings menu that can be used to fine-tune all of the camera’s settings and features.

When you're ready to take a picture, I'd suggest you use the on-screen button if you're in a hurry. The 4G Slide takes pictures almost instantly. If the subject isn't in focus, it focuses incredibly fast and then shoots the image immediately. I can't think of a camera phone that is faster. The focusing-shooting process happens faster with a touch of the software shutter button. The software reacts just a bit slower when you use the physical shutter release.

The camera software is good, and I like any camera that focuses and shoots quickly.

Gallery

The gallery can be opened from either the camera or the menu, and presents pictures sorted into different albums/categories such as Facebook, Faves, My Albums, and Flickr. In other words, pictures that you've shared to any of those services will be pulled into a separate album for that particular service. It also appears in the main gallery. This is a neat way to help you organize your photos and help you remember what photos you've shared with what services.

There are always some software buttons along the bottom of the screen when viewing images that let you access menu options, share photos, delete them or get back to the camera. This time around, there are more editing functions. Photos can be cropped and rotated, and effects can be applied. None of the editing features lean towards advanced, however, and you'll find no silly frames or text bubbles here.

 

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