Meet the camera features in the new HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) revealed Tuesday at a New York press event Tuesday offers plenty of new features, from a modified exterior to fancy new gestures for controlling the smartphone. But the most eye-catching change introduced to the successor of last year’s highly rated HTC One involves the cameras—an improved front-facing camera as well as two cameras on the phone’s backside.

Over at Greenbot, I’ve got an in-depth look at the HTC One (M8) that covers all the noteworthy additions and enhancements to HTC’s latest mobile device. Here, though, let’s take a closer look at the camera changes introduced by HTC.

You’ll spot it the moment you take a look at the backside of the HTC One (M8): There are two separate cameras looking back at you. The two lens approach helps capture detailed depth info about a scene, according to HTC, so that camera understands what it’s looking at. Take a picture with the backside camera(s), and you can edit the resulting image by adding effects to the foreground or blur out the background to create a bokeh effect.

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Why settle for one camera when two will do?

The 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera from last year’s HTC One returns in the new model, though an HTC representative said that it captures photos at the equivalent of an 8 to 13 megapixel camera. I certainly found it to be much faster than its predecessor. Its manual modes were easy to use, too, with individual sliders for things like ISO and exposure. Still, in terms of megapixels, the HTC One (M8) lags behind what the rear-facing cameras on rival phones like the iPhone 5s (8 megapixels) and Galaxy S5 (16 megapixels) can boast.

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The interface of the HTC One M8’s camera app.

As for the front-facing camera on the HTC One (M8), it now packs in 5 megapixels. More importantly, it’s easy to use: If you snap a selfie, for example, the HTC One will offer a countdown to give you a chance to pose.

The new HTC One beefs up the Zoe shooting mode introduced last year. It now features a video and highlight reel mode that auto-creates a highlight video from pictures and video shot in the same basic location and time period. I didn’t have much of a chance to test out this feature Tuesday, but I plan to go in-depth with it when we review the phone.

Updated at 3:35 p.m. PT with a video report.

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