HTC testing the FF camera on the 8X
When we had our hands on with the HTC 8X a few weeks ago, we were able to test the camera and noted at the time that it was extremely quick (due to the dedicated image chip). Since then, some sample images of the rear 8MP shooter have come forth and they look really good for a modern smartphone.
Over on the official HTC Blog, they posted an interview with HTC product planner Anthony Rutter focusing on the HTC 8X and 8S. While most of the info in the interview is quite basic for our readers e.g. the new Live Tile system in Windows Phone 8, they did post a single image of the front-facing camera.
If you recall, the HTC 8X features a nicely sized 2.1MP front-facing camera with an F/2.0 aperture and dedicated HTC ImageChip for fast processing. But in addition, it's also very wide-angle--88 degree viewing, in fact. The reason for this was HTC claims most people use their FF camera for self pics and group shots when out with friends, so it made more sense to try and "show more".
And although the above photo is not the original size, so it's hard to see detail, we can tell you that indeed that sure is wide-angle, without any fisheye distortion. We have to agree here with HTC that this change makes front-facing cameras much more useful than their current non-wide angle design.
Source: HTC Blog