By Rich W Woods
The HTC Re has been available for a few weeks now. When I purchased mine, the first thing I did was compare the HTC Re to the HTC One M8. I was not impressed. The HTC Re has a tough time pairing with the Re app and the photos weren’t great.
I decided to give the HTC Re another chance. The HTC Re doesn’t have a power switch. It has sensors that know when the user is holding it; however, even if the user isn’t holding it, if he presses the shutter button, it takes a photo. I thought that maybe it needs to be on to focus. I was wrong. Let’s take a look.
The HTC Desire Eye’s rear camera has a 13 MP resolution. The difference between the 16 MP provided by the HTC Re is trivial. There is more room to crop with the higher resolution but if the image isn’t cropped, it is impossible to tell the difference.
The HTC Re has an aperture of F/2.8 and the HTC Desire Eye’s rear camera has an aperture of F/2. This means that the HTC Re will have a larger depth of field, meaning that the background of the image will be more focused. This is good because the HTC Re doesn’t have an autofocus feature.
Please note that in order to enlarge the images, simply click or tap them. To view the full size images, there is a link in the gallery. Also, I realize that they are not all at the perfect angle or they aren’t all perfectly focused. This is why I provide so many samples. They are unedited so it can provide a better idea of the day to day use of the devices.
|HTC Desire Eye||HTC Re|
In looking at these photos, I think that I have refreshed my confidence in the HTC Re and in doing so, realized what the HTC Re is created to do. There wasn’t much sense in comparing the HTC re to the HTC Desire Eye or the HTC One M8 because they aren’t meant to do the same thing, unless the purpose is to show that they aren’t meant to do the same thing.
There are a couple things we can see from these photos. One thing that really disappointed me is that they clearly didn’t use the ultrapixel effect that they use with the HTC One M8 and the HTC Desire Eye with the HTC Re. The colors are clearly more saturated with the HTC Desire Eye. That is HTC’s signature camera feature.
The HTC Re clearly isn’t designed to take photos from up close. That was what I realized from this comparison. It was described as a Go Pro made for everyday use. It’s meant to be something that the user takes out of his pocket and snaps a photo.
When you come to the realization that the HTC Re is not meant to take photos from close range, it actually takes pretty great photos. You’ll notice that in the photos with close range subjects that the background is perfectly focused. Then you’ll notice that in the photos taken from a far distance, the HTC Re actually does a better job than the HTC Desire Eye.
The HTC Re handles extreme lighting conditions better than the HTC Desire Eye. It doesn’t have a glare in bright light like the HTC Desire Eye does. Also, it does great at night because it doesn’t have to autofocus. Autofocus tends to be the hardest feature for a smart phone to focus because it can’t always see what it’s trying to focus on.