May 10th, 2016

Earlier today, the unlocked HTC 10 received an OTA update. One of the things addressed in this update — which was a full 394MB big — was a “performance enhancement” for the camera. The camera was already pretty good, but as we noted in our HTC 10 review, it’s not always as good as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or LG G5.

After installing the big new camera update on our HTC 10, we wanted to see just how much of an improvement it made. So we took our phone out on the town and captured a few snapshots in various lighting situations. Nothing too crazy, we just wanted to see if the update made a noticeable difference. See the results for yourself below.

Note: The photos in this post were taken with the default HTC camera settings. Lighting conditions are matched as best as possible.

As you can see, the photos taken after the update appear do appear to be slightly better. The dreamy like haze that photos suffered from is now gone, with what appears to be slightly better dynamic range when shooting outdoors. It’s not a huge upgrade, but any improvements are always welcomed, no matter how small.

The saddest part is that with most reviews already in the books, most of the damage has already been done. Despite the 10 offering the best camera we’ve seen on an HTC device to date, most people will dismiss this because it’s simply not “the best.” But for now, we’ll toss this one over to you. What do you think of the results after the update? Do you see a difference in quality, or is it all placebo?

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