HTC claims zero shutter lag on the MyTouch 4G Slide, the elapsed time between the moment the onscreen or hardware shutter control is pressed and when the camera captures the image. Perhaps HTC was able to create those shots, but when we noticed lags in processing time, my colleague Josh Long and I tested more thoroughly. We each took turns jumping, pressing the shutter before the jump to gauge if the camera captured the scene before we began to rise (there was some lag.)
Josh also took this picture by holding the shutter button at the left while panning the camera steadily to the right. This "ghosted" result shows image artifacts. Look to the left and you'll see a shadow of my head replicated near the car. The tree trunk on the right is duplicated as well. There's also a noticeable line that horizontally bisects the image. While this image contains the most pronounced ghosting, other shots we took like this also indicated some lag time. That's fairly normal with smartphone cameras, but we wish HTC had tempered its claim.
July 20, 2011 1:41 PM PDT
Photo by: Josh Long/CNET
| Caption by: Jessica Dolcourt
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