The competition between manufacturers to incorporate the best mobile phone camera technology into their devices is incredibly fierce at the moment, with handsets such as Sony’s Xperia Z boasting a 13 megapixel camera, and the BlackBerry Z10 also featuring some amazing snapper functionality.
In the midst of all the new smartphone releases you may have heard of a new handset from HTC called the HTC One. But what you might not be aware of is the HTC Zoe camera functionality offered by the device, or exactly what it is. Well, fear not lovers of mobile photography for we’ve laid it all out for you here…
HTC Zoe is a shooting mode that made its debut on the HTC One. The name HTC ‘Zoe’ is more than likely derived from the word Zoetrope, a device that produces the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static pictures. HTC Zoe does a similar thing by recording a succession of photos that create a sort of mini-video, each time you take a picture. Sounds confusing? Well, let us make it a bit clearer.
3.6 Seconds Videos
When you take a picture using the HTC One’s UltraPixel camera, HTC Zoe actually records a 3 second high definition video (or a ’Zoe’ as it’s called) instead of a static image. Just before you press the shutter button the camera will begin recording, and will continue to do so until it has captured the 20 frames that make up the mini video.
You can then scroll back through each frame of the clip to find the exact still image you were looking for, and save it as a normal photo if you so wish. So, when HTC Zoe is activated, the camera will be capturing images all the time, but it will only record and keep the 20 shots just before and after you take the picture, thus creating the 3.6 second short films.
If you go back into the events category of the device’s picture gallery to view the snaps you’ve taken, you’ll be able to see the list of ‘Zoes’ taken on that day as thumbnails, and a big video thumbnail playing the clips at the top. For example, you may have taken a selection of snaps on a day out at the park – if you select this event, all your ‘Zoes’ will appear at the top of the list as a montage of all the mini-videos, just like a highlights reel.
These highlight reels can be edited and you can choose which ‘Zoes’ you want to feature in them. You’re then able to add filter effects and preset music to make the montage more professional. These highlight videos can also be shared via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
This is just a snapshot of the camera functionality offered by HTC Zoe, and there’s also a selection of editing options on board the HTC One. These include some Photoshop-style face contouring and smoothing features that can remove blemishes and shine from faces in photos, in the same way that magazines airbrush images of their cover stars so they look perfect. There are also some wacky effects that can give people in pictures massive bug eyes or an alien-like chin.
It’s definitely some of the most advanced camera technology ever seen on a mobile device, and features like HTC Zoe could help the HTC One to become the most successful HTC smartphone ever made. If you’d like to see the HTC One in action, check out our hands-on video.
This guest post was written by Abbi Cox of Phones 4u, where you can pre-order the HTC One now.