Review: HTC One Max

HTC's One Max is the heaviest and biggest smartphone in this shoot-out.

This also means that it has the largest display, making it quite easy to compose pictures, even in bright sunlight.

The native camera app is quite comprehensive with night sweep, panorama, HDR and even dual capture (taking a picture using both front and rear cameras) features.

You can also change white balance and ISO settings.

Plus, the camera allows you to view photo effects, such as sepia tone and vignette, in real time while the picture is being composed.

On the downside, you cannot use the volume button as a shutter release because of where it is positioned. You have to use the onscreen virtual shutter release button.

Pictures shot in bright sunlight were underexposed and looked a bit grainy for the low ISO setting (ISO 125), which is the default setting. As this device has the largest pixel size in this shoot-out, this flaw is a serious let-down.

You might want to lower the ISO when shooting in bright light.

The camera tends to be too aggressive with the HDR function, so the dark areas of the photos looked too bright and made them look more like paintings. But some users might actually like this effect.

With the panorama function, the stitching was decent but one could clearly see lines that were not straight and the exposure was inconsistent.

In low lighting, the shots taken without flash were pretty good. Though image noise was evident, there was little detail loss. With the flash on, the photos were quite good. The subjects were lit adequately and the ambient colour was correct.

Overall, the HTC One Max's camera delivers decent photos under low light but needs to do better in bright sunlight. The HDR and panorama functions are also not bad.

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