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Review: HTC Wildfire S

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I was generally pleased with the performance of the Wildfire S's camera. The camera is one feature that HTC didn't cheap out on, and the imaging tools produced good results. Most images I captured were in focus, had good color and white balance, and were mostly free of grain and other digital artifacts. I saw white balance problems a few times indoors only when the lighting was tricky, but the Wildfire S did a good job almost all the time. The flash helps in darker environments, but isn't as bright as some of the dual-LED flashes on higher-end devices. Outdoor shots all looked quite good.

Are the results worth sharing? Absolutely. Anywhere and everywhere you can.

 

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Video

HTC had to cut costs somewhere. Disappointingly, the Wildfire S is confined to 640 x 480 video capture. It's not quite the 720p HD for which I was hoping. It can't quite deliver on the sheer number of pixels that some of its competitors do, but the Wildfire S does a reasonably good job at collecting video.

The focus and colors of video I shot all looked good. Where the Wildfire S failed was grain. There was a lot of it, especially in poorly lit environs. I also noticed some inconsistencies in exposure control, but it wasn't terrible.

Worth sharing? Sure, it's not bad, though I don't know if it's HDTV-worthy.


3GPP / MPEG-4 format (viewable with QuickTime)
File size: 5.5 MB

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