HTC Desire vs HTC HD2 camera comparison

I decided to do a quick comparison of the HTC Desire’s camera versus the HTC HD2 post my findings now instead of waiting until I finish my full review later this week. Looking at the pictures above you will immediately notice that the HD2 shots (left) are darker and have a purple tint compared to the Desire shots. What’s even more interesting though is that this huge difference is only noticeable in low light outdoor scenes (and cloudy) but not in sunny / well lite shots (in this situation both devices have nearly identical quality). The dual LED flash on the HD2 is also totally unnecessary. All shots were taken with the exact same camera setup (all image properties set to default and image quality to High on the Desire and Super Fine on the HD2).  Below you find a video capture in WVGA on HTC Desire:

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HTC HD2 Camera HOTFIX released

That’s right folks HTC has finally released the much needed Camera HOTFIX for the HTC HD2. The thumbnails bug has also been fixed. I’ve posted some before & after shots.

This update for HTC HD2 delivers clear digital picture quality like never before. Living up to the name of “HD” this phone and its twin LED flash will take beautiful pictures for you to cherish your memories. Displayed in brilliant vibrant colors on its 4.3 inch screen, HTC HD2 camera will delight you.

Installation Instructions:

Note: This update is only applicable to ROM version is equal to 1.60.XXX.X, or lower.

Follow the instructions below to download and install the update on your device:

Make sure you have Microsoft ActiveSync® installed on your Windows XP PC or Windows Mobile Device Center on your Windows Vista® PC. You can find Microsoft ActiveSync from this link or Windows Mobile Device Center from this link.
Connect and synchronize your device with your PC via Microsoft ActiveSync® or Windows Mobile Device Center using the USB cable.
To download this update select the update below and the location closest to you then click Download.
Copy the update, which is an .exe file, to your device. To install the update, tap the .exe file and follow the on-screen instructions.
Note: If you perform a device hard reset, you will need to reinstall the update after the hard reset.

Grab it here

UPDATE: Unfortunately the HOTFIX doesn’t “fix” the issue when capturing videos with the device, only the pictures…Come on HTC, you can do better than this!

Update on HTC HD2 Camera Issue: Software related


Well it now looks like HTC‘s support is making a u-turn and is claiming that the HD2 camera issue is software related and that a HOTFIX is currently in the works. We will have to wait a see. Hopefully this time it is true and all HD2 will be fixed soon.

Hi Mike,

We can confirm that this issue has been determined as a software issue.
The developers are working on a hotfix to resolve, and it will be released as soon as possible.
There is not a specific date for the release as yet, please continue to monitor the support pages for the release.

Best Regards


Source: XDA-devs

Update on the HTC HD2 camera situation

I’ve been looking at all the ongoing threads around the world discussing this problem and so far it seems like every HD2 ever produced suffer from this pink/purple hue. It ranges from review samples used by blogs/websites to devices bought unlocked or on all carriers like Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, Orange in France, UK, Poland, Sweden etc… It’s still not 100% clear yet if this is fixable by a software update. Nokia had some severe camera problems with the original N95 when it shipped and finally managed to fix the problem with a firmware update a few weeks later. It the case of the HD2, lowering the color saturation in the camera’s settings helps to somewhat “fix” the problem (but it makes the picture less vibrant). What I find amazing it that bloggers who had the review units didn’t seem to say anything (or alert HTC?) even-though the issue was quite apparent. I first talked about this on November 7th here and I guess that if all reviewers had contacted HTC when they got their review samples the device could have been delayed a few weeks and all this mess wouldn’t have happened (maybe they did?). So let’s just hope that the problem is fixable by a software update because I don’t see how every HTC HD2 owner is going to send back their unit to the retailer or carrier for a replacement, it’s going to be a logistical & PR mess.

The only hope in sight is a post by XDA-Devs user Nara-e-Mastana who bought his device in Pakistan on Nov 20th. What’s interesting is that his HD2 came with newer ROM 1.43.488.1 (70124) WWE WM6.5 (Stock) and the picture he posted doesn’t seem to exhibit the problem. But don’t get your hopes up yet,we will have to wait for other samples from his device and the build number.
IMAG0009 (Small)

Update: Thanks to WWE in the comments, the 488 isn’t a new firmware, but the country code.

Source: XDA-Devs

Confirmed: HTC HD2 camera suffers from hardware defect (Updated)

Well, here’s some bad news for all HTC HD2 owners and those who want buy one. As I’ve reported several times here, ever since the first HD2 reviews started to appear I noticed that all pictures taken with the device exhibited a Pink/Purple hue. Several users have contacted HTC‘s support and got following answer:

Dear valued HTC customer, Thank you for your enquiry about your handset. This is a hardware issue and you can contact your re-seller to exchange the device for another one or contact us and we will send this device to be repair. If these steps have not helped, please let me know by responding using the link provided and I will be happy to check again for you.


Hi Mike,

Thats not a software problem, our apologies. I can now confirm we have established this being a hardware fault.
Unfortunately at this stage it is too early to determine exactly where the fault lays but it most certainly is not a software related issue.
If you can ask CLove to swap it, please do so, if not we will come and collect it for repair.

You can arrange this by calling 08458900079.

Best Regards


Maybe HTC should issue a global recall, because so far every HD2 that’s been sold seems to suffer from this (according to all the users reports)

UPDATE: Posted an update on the situation here

UPDATE 2 : A software HOTFIX is being developed by HTC !

UPDATE 3: The HOTFIX is now available here

Source: XDA-Devs

HTC HD2 Camera test: pictures and video

Here’s a long video that was shot with the HTC HD2. Unfortunately quality isn’t up-to what you can expect from a high-end device like this one especially when you know that the Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset is capable on encoding 720P videos (it’s still better than most WinMo phones though). HTC did a fairly good job improving the picture quality and speed of their camera in the last year, hopefully they will now put as much effort in improving the camcorder feature. I just hope that the phone doesn’t have a shitty lens cover because there seems to be a red tint/dot at the center of every video and picture (like the HTC Touch Diamond, but it was bleu).

Sample video (watch in HD or download the original files):