Hands On

Published on November 15th, 2015 | by Varuna Singh

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Sunsets and Art with the HTC One A9

I took the One A9, a new semi-flagship from HTC around one of the nicest days in Dubai, UAE. The pictures here aren’t touched but are just resized. The A9 is the latest model in the HTC One series- once a legendary Android sub brand that is back with some interesting moves in design, price and performance.

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The One A9’s main boasting as is with a lot of phones these days is the *drumroll* camera. The HTC One A9 is also poetic as it claims to be a perfect blend of style and innovation that lets you shoot like a pro with optical image stabilization. That stabilization works wonders with the pictures you see here. In both dark and shaky environments, the picture represent good contrast but nothing more remarkable than that.

So, how is the camera like? Well as a start it’s a 13 MP sensor that might sound smaller by late 2015 standard, but it’s more than adequate for social media and awesome posts like this one. It records in Full HD only and not 4K. It has an amazing auto focus that’s miles ahead of HTC’s efforts in the past. It also has a sapphire glass on top so you can be pretty sure it’s never going to scratch. It can also shoot in RAW which is useful for post-production but it’s something most of us might not really use. The A9 has an amazing front facing camera that takes really good low light selfies. Its wide angled and much more than the main camera.

Let us know what you think of these:

Brightly lit outdoor shots

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Indoor shots

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Complex buildings

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Food

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Low light photography

This is where the HTC One A9’s camera really shines. I’ll be honest, it was a good day too. However the camera does a good job in capturing the shades without producing much noise. In-fact its almost frame worthy. The Optical image Stabilisation is really being put to good use over here. With an f/2.0 aperture and BSI sensor, the camera on paper is nothing remarkable, but the combination of OIS and software processing gives good outputs.

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HDR mode on/off:

The differences here are subtle and it isn’t overblown. It also isn’t satisfactory HDR and the A9 messes up certain sections of the blue sky.

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Focus Areas:

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Close up and Macro shots

The close up shots with the HTC One A9 weren’t amazing while good to look at as you would expect with most current gen handsets.

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All in all, the HTC One A9’s camera is fast, fluid, and takes some good pictures. It’s not the best in detail or color reproduction, but with a fast sensor and amazing auto focus, the camera on the HTC One A9 is a delight to use. The HTC One A9 is now available for AED1799 today in stores across the UAE.

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I work with technology in Education. I also write stuff. I love design and people. @varunasingh



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