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HTC EVO 4G front-facing camera test: good, but it records a mirror image

May 26, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka


Food for thought when you’re using that HTC EVO 4G front-facing camera: it records everything backwards. I first noticed someone mention that the camera recorded “backwards” but I thought they were just experiencing an error because of the Qik app. Then today I discovered that the “problem” is indeed the 1.3 megapixel camera at the front of the phone. Take a look at this test video I shot using the EVO.

Notice the trees and passing cars on the left side of the video? Well, they should actually be on the right side because I was sitting in the driver’s seat of my car. The EVO flipped everything in the recording for some reason. Not a major problem, but something to keep in mind when you’re recording with that camera.

Now comes the most important stuff. You probably also noticed in the video that my handsome mug shows fairly well. The image quality is clean and smooth when recording in VGA mode, which actually performs better than I anticipated when not using Qik.

As for Qik, well, that’s less exciting. Qik has done well to improve audio recording of broadcasts, but random stutters still plague the service’s performance on Android. Though Qik once routinely cut off the last 10-20 seconds of every video I attempted to record, it has since fixed that problem. Immediately after I ended this live broadcast, the last 10 seconds were missing, but they magically reappeared a short time after. Take a look at this video and cross your fingers that things continue to improve.