In part one and part two of my T-Mobile G2 (HTC) review, I went over most of the phone’s features. This installment focuses on the photo and video capabilities of this excellent Google Android phone. As far as pictures go, it’s very good. The five-megapixel camera produces crisp shots with great color reproduction if there’s ample light. It can do well indoors with decent light. Low-light settings can be problematic, as the camera’s flash often washes things out. This makes it a poor choice for taking photos while drunk (the Evo 4G is a much better choice for drunk photos).
I took a variety of test shots under various lighting conditions and blood-alcohol levels. Because I love you guys, I made a cute Chinese girl take me out to dinner and model for some photos. Check ’em out!
The camera also takes some nice HD videos. Naturally, the files use an aggressive compression scheme, so the quality isn’t as good as what you’d get on a point-and-shoot camera, but I was pleased with the results. Again, ample light is the key. Here are a bunch of samples so that you can see for yourself.
I was mostly pleased with the G2’s photo and video performance. I wish it had a dual-LED flash for better indoor performance (and better drunk shots) and the stock software could use more features (no touch-to-focus?!?), but other than that I was satisfied with the image quality and color reproduction. If you have any questions about the G2’s camera, please let me know and I’ll answer ’em in the comments section.