Take creative photos with the HTC One

The camera on the HTC One is capable of some pretty cool tricks. CNET's Donald Bell shows off some highlight features of this smartphone camera.

One of my favorite features on the HTC One is its camera. Beyond the picture quality, which is great, HTC really went the extra mile to pack in a bunch of cool software extras.

Two of these extras that really caught my eye are called Sequence Shot and Zoe, and you can see them in action in the above video .

Using the Sequence Shot feature allows you to composite multiple images into one picture. The trick to this one is to hold still and fire off a bunch of snapshots by holding down the camera button. This will create a self-contained batch of images which you edit with the Retouch option, selecting Sequence from the submenu.

After the HTC One does a little processing, it will give you a composite of what it thinks are the best photos to make up your sequence. By tapping the photos on the bottom, you can take them in or out of the sequence. When you have it the way you want, tap the Done button, then tap the little dots at the top for the menu and select Save.

HTC One's Sequence Shot
Using the HTC One's Sequence Shot feature to capture a sequence of action in one shot. Donald Bell/CNET

The HTC One's Zoe feature is also a good one for getting that perfect action shot. To use it, set up your shot and then tap the Zoe button on the left side (it looks like a camera with a horizontal bar behind it). After that, tap the camera shutter button and it will take the photo along with a short video from before and after the shot was taken. When it's done, tap the photo stack up at the top and you'll see the video, and a white dot on the timeline that indicates the photo you took.

What makes this Zoe feature so great is that you don't have to choose between shooting a photo or video -- you can have both. You can slide around on the timeline and maybe find a few alternative frames from the video that you can export as pictures using the menu button.

That's all there is to it, and it's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the camera capabilities of the HTC One. To learn more, read our full review of the HTC One on CNET.

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The Bottom Line: A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone. / Read full review

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.



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