The Digital Camcorder Features of the HTC One

By Bill Hughes

Your HTC One Camera application can also function as a digital camcorder. All you need to do is to put your camera into Camcorder mode: Tap the shooting mode icon on the camera viewfinder and tap the video icon. Poof! You switch from photographer to videographer.

At this point, recording video starts when you push the video camera silhouette. (This is where the shutter icon for the camera used to be.) You get the notification that says Rec in red and the timer from when it started.

The recording continues until you either tap the stop button (the circle with the white square in the center on the right side of the viewfinder) or the pause button (the parallel slashes in the middle).

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You can tap the lower button to switch back to the camera. Your other option is to tap the button with the red dot to begin recording again.

Your phone is not only recording the video, but it’s also recording the sound. Be careful what you say!

Just as you share photos you take with the camera, you can immediately share, play, or delete a video by tapping the video viewer. Also, the video is immediately saved on your camera. It’s stored in the Gallery app, but you can see it from your Video Player app.

You can get fancy with some of your camcorder settings, but you won’t find nearly as many settings as you have for your camera — fortunately! In addition to the familiar exposure settings, you can adjust video primary settings and camera settings. By tapping the primary settings you have the option of:

  • Standard Video: This setting takes 24 frames per second images at the resolution set within video settings. Use this setting most of the time.

  • Slow Motion Video: Here you can get fancy and take a slow motion video.

  • Fast Full HD Video: Normal TV and HD operate at 24 frames per second. A slower rate appears like the screen is flickering. Fast full HD ups it to 60 frames per second. This eliminates any possibility of flickering.

  • Video HDR (Full HD): If you like the colors associated with the HDR setting on your still images, you can get them with video on this setting.

You can also tap the settings icon when you’re in video mode. The important setting is the resolution.

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There is a legitimate question about what video size (resolution) you should use. The default option, 1920 x 1080, is the resolution on full HD TVs.

You may have noticed that many TVs call themselves HD TVs, then refer to being 720P or 1080i. Rather than get into this issue, you are probably fine at the default full HD resolution. To put this in perspective, a 32GB memory card, a reasonable size card that is in the $20 range, could record in the range of 5 hours of full HD video.

The lowest resolution is 176 by 144. This is okay resolution for a small video image on a web page. Using this setting, you could take 80 hours of video on that 32GB memory card, but it would be very disappointing in any other setting besides a web page.

You can readily show a higher resolution video on a screen that has lower resolution. You cannot make a lower resolution video look any better on a higher resolution screen. It is a good idea to use a higher resolution than you think you need.

Your phone can handle up to a 128GB card. These are just now starting to be available in the $150 range.