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The HTC Windows Phone 8X runs Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system and features an 8 megapixel camera sensor and has an ultra wide-angle lens. It can be purchased with a mobile phone contract so prices will vary, or you can buy it without a contract for under £400.
When shooting you can add an effect and you can set the white-balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness and ISO. There is also face detection available. To access the camera, there is a dedicated button, even when the phone is locked you simply need to press and hold it. This button also acts as a shutter release.
Other features are very limited as the camera app is very basic. There is also the Photo Enhancer app installed which lets you edit your pictures and there are a lot of other photo apps available in the app store.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD.
- 8 megapixel BSI sensor rear sensor
- 2.1 megapixel front camera
- f/2.0 28mm (35mm equiv.) lens
- 4.3 inch 720p HD touch screen
- Windows 8 operating system
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- Photo Enhancer app
If you're familiar with Windows 8 you'll find the phone easy to get used to. As previously mentioned, the camera app itself is easy to use as there are very little options. There is only one mode, but you are able to change settings such as ISO and white-balance.
As with any smartphone, you do have to keep charging it fairly regularly, but battery life seems reasonable to us. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.175 secs|
|Focus / Shutter Response||0.2 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||46.8 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.0 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.3 secs|
The camera is quick at focusing and between shots, but there are no continuous shooting options available.
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HTC Windows Phone 8X Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/40 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 120
Landscape | 1/1667 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
Water Fountain | 1/1667 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
Pet Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 142
Low Light | 1/13 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 538
Drive | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
Sample Photos - Images are well exposed and have good colour reproduction although it doesn't produce the most flattering portrait shots. Skin tones aren't fantastic and the wide-angle lens isn't ideal for portrait photography. The 8X produces decent images in good and low-light.
HTC Windows Phone 8X Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1667 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 100
Macro | 1/60 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 123
Lens Performance - Detail is good for an 8 megapixel sensor and purple fringing is barely noticeable. The 8X is capable of a decent macro shot, with a good amount of detail.
HTC Windows Phone 8X ISO test images
ISO Noise Performance - You can manually set the ISO to 100, 200, 400 and 800. Noise is low at ISO 100 and there are steady increases at each level, but even at ISO 800 images remain sharp.
HTC Windows Phone 8X White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 104
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 104
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 114
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 114
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the AWB has a slight colour cast, with the incandescent preset performing much better. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB and fluorescent presets both perform well, producing good images, albeit a little under exposed. We did find when shooting outdoors that the AWB produces images that are a little warm and therefore benefited from selecting the daylight preset.
HTC Windows Phone 8X Digital filters
Effects - Grayscale | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 114
Effects - Negative | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 114
Effects - Sepia | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 114
Effects - Solarize | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | ISO 114
Photo Enhancer - Antique
Photo Enhancer - Auto Enhance
Photo Enhancer - Basic Frame
Photo Enhancer - Bleak
Photo Enhancer - Cinnamon
Photo Enhancer - Cold
Photo Enhancer - Glimmer
Photo Enhancer - High Contrast
Photo Enhancer - Lively
Photo Enhancer - Overexposed
Photo Enhancer - Sepia
Photo Enhancer - Twilight
Photo Enhancer - Vintage
Photo Enhancer - Warm
Digital Filters - There are four effects to choose from when shooting, but you can also edit your pictures with a number of effects in the Photo Enhancer app. There are a number of examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. When shooting videos you can apply an effect as well as change the white-balance, contrast, saturation and sharpness.
Value For MoneyThe HTC Windows Phone 8X is available for £374.99. Other smartphones with cameras include the iPhone 5 (8 megapixels) at £459.99, Samsung Galaxy S3 (8 megapixels) at £399.99, Sony Experia Z (13 megapixels) at £524.99, Nokia Lumia 920 (8 megapixels) at £535.00, Blackberry Z10 (8 megapixels) at £509.00, HTC One X (8 megapixels) at £379.00 and LG Nexus 4 (8 megapixels) at £349.99.
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HTC Windows Phone 8X ProsDecent image quality
Fast wide-angle lens
Back of phone is rubber coated
Performs well in low-light
Dedicated button to activate camera
Pre-installed Photo Enhancer app
Images are sharp throughout the ISO range
HTC Windows Phone 8X ConsNot ideal for portrait shots
AWB can struggle outdoors
Very basic camera app
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HTC Windows Phone 8X Specifications
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|CCD pixels||8Mp (Megapixels)|
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|Battery Type||Embedded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery|
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