Two of the most important features on the HTC One are also two of the most confusing

One of the most important -- and impressive -- features of the HTC One is, of course, the camera. We're not going to dive into the whole "UltraPixel" thing here, nor is this a review of camera quality. We'll worry about how the sausage is made later. Right now it's time to learn a few important terms when it comes to the HTC One camera.

When it comes to the new features in the HTC One Camera, you'll be hearing a lot about Zoes (pronounced zoh-ee, as in Zoetrope) and Video Highlights. Zoes can stand on their own, or they can be part of a Video Highlight. 

Following is a walkthrough of what a Zoe is compared to a Video Highlight, what you can do with them, and how you can share them.

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What is a Zoe?


Still shots and videos have sort of morphed together in the past year or so. Smartphone cameras can now grab a single frame from video, and HTC's taken that a step further with what it calls a "Zoe."

The short version is that a Zoe is a 3-second video clip that bookends when you actually hit the shutter button. (The long version is that you also end up with 19 or so jpegs -- more on those in a minute -- and a single 3-second mp4 video. Yes, all that can seriously muck up any auto-upload schemes you have.)

A Zoe looks like this:


Reader comments

HTC One: Zoes and Video Highlights


It actually looks really cool. Now whither or not I would go this far into creatingvvideos and pictures on a phone that has no expandable storage, now that yet a another question.

With 32gb already, I honestly feel like you dont need one unless you're an avid music geek who takes a lot of videos and downloads a crap load of ads.

Ya JOE i m.. kinda expected more. But if u r satisfied then buy the One. wait a min, u dont even know when the phone is goin to be launched yet.. do u.

I was reading your comment and I am not impressed with your spelling and grammar. Not impressed at all.

Yes, Joe I am was kind of expecting more. If you are satisfied then buy the One. Wait a minute, you don't even know when the phone is going to be launched yet. Do you?

There, I fixed it for you.

Oh sir, you are the champ. Bravo!!! Thank you so much all mighty JOE. Now can we get back to the hot topic in discussion? or you can just sit and correct my grammar whole day long and we won't have a proper argument.

Chill I am just messing with you.
If you do want to discuss the topic at hand, fine. I think you (and many others) are going to be overly critical of the simplified video editing software on the HTC One. It's just like anything else, it's a dumbed down for a phone. Just like the built in imaging editing on phones. You aren't going to get the whole Photoshop program on your phone. At least not yet.

Just when I was getting irritated with another "here we go again, duck season, rabbit season rant", Joe drops the turtle comment! Thank you sir! +a bajillion

I've seen some pretty good photo editing done using the photos captured with the Zoe. What I was wondering was, if the editing needed to be done straight away or if the 19 odd photos are stored with the Zoe and can be edited later?

I think this is quite clever. With the gs4 you need to choose what you want to do before the photo. Eg eraser. But with this you can do all the editing, eraser, best face, beauty etc etc when you get home at the end of the day.

Do the Zoe's get saved to a different folder and/or is there a setting to enable them to go to a different folder? In previous HTC phones with a burst mode (similar functionality to a zoe), images were saved to a separate Burst folder. If Zoes are the same (or there's a similar option) you can fix the auto-upload problem by not auto-uploading that folder and manually managing your off-site back up of those shots.

I really wonder if this will catch on? Then again in about 1992 I never thought texting would ever catch on! What do I know?

At this time, no you can't use your own music. Seems pretty stupid to me, but i'm guessing they are trying to stay out of a lawsuit of some sort because of hosting copy-written songs, or having them deleted from YouTube due to DMCA notices.

Android Central, looks like you are not really know what is HTC Zoe. It is not just a video highlight, it is also a ultimate photo editor. You can remove the object in the photo, burst combine, all smile...

This may just be another fine mess they've gotten themselves into.

It's got to be easy, automatic, diverse, and not boring.

Please get it right this time HTC. Remember, most people can barely handle complicated processes and sophistication (joke) of an iPhone.

The cam is really nice in low light, but this, along with Blinkfeed is really totally pointless.

Hi, hoping someone can help me. I've only just got my HTC One and have taken a few Zoes. I deleted a few from the phone that I didn't initially like but would really like to get them back. Would this be possible somehow?

HTC changed the way it creates video highlights now. It now doubles or triples still pictures in one frame of video throughout the entire video highlight. I thought it was kind of software bug but HTC says that is the new way it is done. I think it looks stupid. The old effects were better.