This is just going to be a quick post on something I thought was worth talking about that nobody else has really covered or brought up. The fact that the HTC One M8 does not have Optical Image Stabilization. The original HTC One from last year had it so why does what is supposed to be the upgrade from the HTC One not include it as well? Well I did some research and looked into this a bit and found a pretty reasonable answer, the HTC One M8’s secondary depth-sensing camera would not play well with OIS. Let me elaborate a bit on this, OIS allows the camera to physically move ever so slightly to compensate for a normal persons hand movement that would normally cause an image to be slightly blurred, well a depth-sensing camera would not be able to make accurate depth calculations if the camera were moving due to OIS so HTC decided to just take it out completely.

While 90% of people have not even noticed OIS being taken out of the M8 some tech nerds have noticed it and voiced their concern. The dual-camera setup on the M8 is a step in a good direction for smartphone cameras although the technology is not ready to be put on a mainstream device like HTC has done. Right now the depth-sensing technology is not good enough to pack into a smartphone and get good use out of. HTC should have held back a little longer on the depth-sensing camera for maybe the next iteration of the One but whats done is done and unfortunately it was poorly executed.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry