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Mobile World Congress 2014: HTC One Zoe mode and camera software in video walkthrough
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Mobile World Congress 2014: HTC One Zoe mode and camera software in video walkthrough

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We take you on a tour of the myriad features hiding inside the HTC One's camera app.

Hello. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET here at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. We're at HTC stand taking a look at the HTC One specifically, some of the camera software that you get with this phone. Now this mobile is absolutely bursting with filters and editing tricks. So, that's exactly what you get. So, the HTC One's camera software is split into two modes. That's normal shooting mode and something called Zoe mode. We're gonna talk about both but first, let's just go with what the normal features are. So, down here in the bottom if you want to take pictures, you get loads of filters which you can apply as you go. I really like this, it makes it very, very easy to get some quite crazy looking shots. If you tap up here in the corner, you can see it loads more settings. There's a night mode and an HDR mode. If you put these modes on, then you won't be able to apply those scenes you just saw, so, that's something to bear in mind. As you can see, you get video options as well including the ability to record in slow motion. So, that looks particularly good, maybe if you're shooting sports or moving animals, something quite exciting. You also get HDR video. So, if you try it captures something really colorful that could come in handy and as you can see, there are loads and loads and loads of other regular camera features. You can adjust the ISO and the white balance, the size of the pictures you take, that kind of thing. Once you've taken a picture, you're going to want to edit it and happily, there are absolutely loads of things you can do to your pictures. So, you can apply even more effects like this which you definitely make anyone who's into Instagram happy. You can also flip them like this, which is a feature that I haven't seen before, that's quite unusual, I like that. And if you're editing video, you can trim that as well. You also get retouch options, it's been pretty good. If you're taking close up portrait photos, I think you can change the contours of people's face and there's things like an eye enhancer and a skin smoothing effect. Okay. So, that's a brief overview of normal mode. What about Zoe mode? So, you tap this icon up here, which turns this little camera icon blue and that indicates that you've gone into Zoe mode. Now, what Zoe mode does is, it means that when you press the shutter, it actually count just three seconds of video specifically three seconds with 20 images. You can see along the button this camera fills up red and there you go and then it's taken. Once you've taken a picture in Zoe mode, you can use this slider along bottom to go frame by frame and find exactly the one you want, like this one, so then I just press up in the corner here and go save frame. Zoe mode uses the camera's memory to actually start recording video before you press the shutter. If you ever look on the timeline here, this small white mark indicates the point where you actually press the button and you can see you can scroll to before that point. It's very cool. So, because Zoe mode has this reserve of 20 images stored up in one show video, there's quite a lot you can do with that. If you go to edit and use the retouch menu here, unlike when you're editing normal photos, you get some extra options. So, one of the coolest once is sequence shots. So, if I press this, just gonna have to spin the phone around, sorry. What this does is it lets you choose from five frames that show the actual photo and you can choose to pick individual bits from the Zoe video and merge them into one clip. So, here's the-- a guy swinging on a bar and I've chosen the three frames that show him actually swinging. So, you can get some really cool action, scenes, again if you're into sports, this is something I think you'll like. Another feature is called Always Smile. So, again, if I tap retouch, press Always Smile here. It will identify faces in your group, Zoe Photo and then you can tap on each one and slide along so you can find the point of which everyone's grinning. I've only been able to try this using HTC's very, very glossy high value demo shot. So, we don't really know how well this will work and really what situation you'll have to wait for the full review. One more Zoe feature is object removal. So, the idea with this one is if someone has worked into your Zoe shot, if there's something in the picture that you don't want to be there, you can strike it from the record. Here you can see there are these two people walking in the background and the software automatically identifies things, things you might not want in the frame and you can just tap them to remove them. I tried using this on a non-HTC photo, just on things I was shooting at the stand and it was quite dark condition, so it wasn't perfect but it certainly didn't work quite as well as this. So, expect mixed results. So, loads of options for taking videos but to be honest, my favorite thing about the HTC One's camera software is one that takes all of the editing efforts out of the process. If you're going to the gallery, then things are sort to buy events and the phone will automatically mash up your photos and videos into a 32-second clip. It can do this based on location. So, for example, if you go out to the zoo, take loads of photos and video, then when you got home, that will be grouped together and you can quickly press one button and then it'll be mashed into this video. If you don't like the way it looks, there's a shuffle button down here and that will randomly, basically throw everything into the mix again and spit out a completely different video. Impressively, there's some cool filters here as well, so, again, for the Instagram crowd, if you want something to quickly put on Facebook that's going to look quite trendy, this will absolutely have you covered. So, absolutely loads you can do with this phone. My only concern at the moment really is that there are so many features, it can feel a little bit overwhelming. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET and this is the HTC One.

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