The video app and the camera app are both bundled into one on the HTC Desire 500. This means that it is a lot easier to select, with you only having to choose between a snap or record button, rather than toggle between the two.
This also allows you to take still photos whilst you're recording, so you don't miss out on special moments because you were in the wrong mode.
Video settings on the HTC Desire 500 are little lacking in comparison with the camera app.
You can choose between a set focus, or whether the video will refocus as you're filming. This kept more of the video in the right focus as we filmed.
Video quality can also be toggled, meaning that you can choose to record in 720p HD, Wide screen 800x480 or MMS quality 176x144.
We doubt that many people these days will select MMS quality, given that MMS isn't a service that is used an awful lot. It does mean, though, that you can record and send more video via WhatsApp.
In the way of scenes, there is normal and slow motion, so no extra fancy stuff there. The fancy filters on the camera are also unavailable whilst filming, and won't be applied to any photos that you snap during filming.