HTC Desire 10 Pro has a competent camera, but has its limitations
HTC Desire 10 Pro's camera looks good on paper but suffers from inconsistent results in low light
HTC has always tried to innovate with camera optics and technology with its smartphones. Some examples of this include the UltraPixel technology and dual cameras, features which trickled down into the lower priced phones as well. The latest smartphone to join the mid-segment bandwagon, the Desire 10 Pro, impresses with its good design and steady performance. It packs in a 20-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and comes with features such as back illuminated sensor for better low-light output and laser auto-focus for getting the focus right instantly without having to tap on the screen.
The Desire 10 Pro’s camera app looks clean and clutter-free. The menu icon, which carries most of the camera modes and the settings, is placed on the left side of the interface. The shutter button, the video recording and the shortcut to the camera roll shows on the other side. Some of the camera modes we liked include Panorama, Pro, Zoe camera and Hyperlapse. The camera allows the user to switch between 4 megapixels and 20 megapixels. However, at 20 megapixels, one can’t go beyond the 10:7 aspect ratio, limiting the size of the image in landscape mode.
Landscape shot during daytime
The Desire 10 Pro’s camera delivers good looking shots during daytime. In this image, taken at 16 megapixels in early morning, the whole landscape looks well lit up, and colours have been captured well. The slight colour difference caused by the sunrays falling on the shops on the left have been captured vividly. The camera has managed to capture a lot of detail too. The names in the far off shops are clearly visible if you zoom into the image.
Close-up in afternoon
In this shot taken in the afternoon, taken at 20 megapixels, the colour and the finer details of the flower have been captured well. The improved lighting gives the image a slightly sharper look. The objects in the background look well-lit too.
Landscape in low light
In this shot, colours look surprisingly good and accurate. The green in the trees has been captured well, and the pink in the building is accurate. The level detailing is average and we could clearly see the noise after zooming in.
Close-up in low light
Compared to the other low-light shot, this one was a bigger disappointment. The colours look a bit flushed and the amount of noise in the image is clearly visible even without zooming into the image.
Evening shot with limited natural light
In this evening shot, the lighter colours look a bit washed out and the darker ones look darker. Clearly, without natural light, the camera struggles in terms of both clarity and colour accuracy.