Sad to say that HTC still hasn't cracked the camera issue on its smart phones – they always seem a little underspecced and underperforming.

This one sports 3.2 megapixels, with a maximum resolution of 2048x1216 megapixels, but there's no flash, no self-portrait mirror and not a great deal in the way of extra features.

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CAMERA: it's a fairly basic one, and falls behind many of its rivals in this respect

It has autofocus, a 2x digital zoom, some colour effects, a panorama setting, ten-second timer and touch focus, which allows you to set the central focus of the frame by touching the screen.

The panorama stitching was easy to do but the stitching tended to be a bit wobbly, and the touch focus option didn't really seem to make much difference. In good light pics are fair, though edges aren't as sharp as we'd like, and colours aren't as properly rendered as they should be. In less than good light it's even worse – a disappointment really

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OPTIONS: the cameras options and settings are fairly limited

Video records at 640x480 pixels but it finds movement too much of a struggle to avoid regular blurring. There's also a bog standard VGA camera on the front for video calling

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CLOSE-UP: photos don't look too bad when they're viewed on the phone's screen...

DETAIL

...but when viewed in maximum resolution on a PC screen, the absence of detail is very clear

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LIGHT: the camera is fairly comfortable in well-lit areas with plenty of soft light

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DARK: but it struggles when there's not an abundance of light

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COLOURS: they're washed out, and the sensor doesn't do at all well with contrast

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PANORAMA: the phone stitches photos together pretty competently