The HTC Desire C comes with a 5MP camera, bettering the 3MP option on the LG Optimus L3 and BlackBerry Curve 9320 as well as the 2MP snapper found on the Samsung Galaxy Y.

This puts the Desire C on par with the similarly priced Huawei Ascend G300, as well as the more expensive HTC One V and Nokia Lumia 710.

HTC Desire C review

Thanks to the slow processor inside the Desire C, the camera app takes a couple of seconds to load up, which means you won't be able to take an instant snap if cat falls into a basket or something.

You can add the camera app to the lock screen, for easy access in times or picture panic, but as with most phones nowadays there's no dedicated physical shutter button.

HTC Desire C review

The Desire C also lacks a flash – something the Curve 9320 and Ascend G300 boast, so low-light shooting is a no-go here. There's also no front-facing camera in play either.

HTC's camera app is nicely laid out, with simple, easy to see buttons. A zoom bar adorns one side of the screen, allowing for easy zooming, but be warned, picture quality is drastically reduced if you use this option.

HTC Desire C review

The blue-bubble effects button next to the shutter provides six options to enhance your photos; greyscale, sepia, solarise, posterize, negative and aqua.

Press the A in the opposite corner and you can pick from three scene modes; portrait, landscape and lowlight, or you can just stick with Auto and let the Desire C make up its own mind.

HTC Desire C review

The settings menu offers up some more tweaks including image resolution (5MP all the way down to 640 x 416 – less than 1MP), exposure, contrast, sharpness and saturation settings, plus ISO and white balance.

For a £130 handset we were impressed with the number of settings and options the Desire C offered, making it a relatively capable snapper.

Unfortunately there's no auto-focus or tap to focus, which can result is blurry shots if you're not great at standing still – and a delay of around a second after the shutter button is pressed means you won't be able to quickly snap several pictures in succession.

HTC Desire C review
In bright light outside the Desire C is capable of taking decent shots

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HTC Desire C review
The Desire C is able to pick up a good level of detail

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Zoom in half way in and quality begins to reduce

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Zoom all the way in and the image becomes very pixelated

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HTC Desire C review
Inside the Desire C can still produce a good image, although colours lack pop

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The Desire C struggles when there are multiple light sources

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Moving light sources and a lack of flash are apparent in darker situations

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