HTC Magic camera sample photos & video

May 18, 2009
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One of the questions we've been most asked about the HTC Magic is regarding its camera quality.  HTC used the same 3.2-megapixel sensor as in the T-Mobile G1, albeit with some software refinement, so that means it's the same autofocus unit with no flash.  As promised, we've got some sample photos taken with the HTC Magic; none of them have been edited or processed, they're straight off the smartphone.  Click to see each picture full-sized.

Quality seems decent, and the autofocus is quicker than on the G1 and on other, older HTC devices from their Windows Mobile range.  Color balance loses some vibrancy - the pink lining to the cupcake box, for instance, has lost much of its vivid brightness - and there's a slight blue tint to the white buildings in the photo below.

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Photo above has had the car numberplate blanked, but no other editing

As for the video, that's in raw 3GPP format taken straight off of the Magic.  You'll need a media player like Apple's Quicktime or the VLC player to view the file.  You can download it from here (773kb).  The audio is very quiet; bear in mind I was holding the Magic and talking at a little louder than normal speaking level.

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