October 25, 2014

EVO's Front-Facing Camera Shows Mirrored Image... Tsk Tsk

Our buddy Andrew over at Androinica has brought up something rather disturbing about the EVO’s front-facing camera–it shows everything as a mirrored image. This “glitch” shows itself when taking photos, videos, and while video chatting/streaming.

When video chatting with the PC version of Skype, for example, the program will show you as a mirror image to yourself (since people are used to looking in the mirror) , but to the person you’re speaking with, it will show you normally, as you’d appear if he or she was looking right at you. However, on the EVO, you still show up as a mirror image to your friend. This is very strange behavior for a camera. You can see exactly what I’m talking about if you watch my video of Qik in action (pay attention to when the guy swipes his hand up and down when demonstrating the delay).

When you use the camera on the back of the phone, images and videos come out normally. Why should the front-facing one be any different? Since the problem exists in both the camera app as well as Qik, it’s safe to say that the problem is due to a software issue on HTC’s part. As far as we know, there’s no way to manually flip it back to normal. This can probably be fixed with a simple software update, though we don’t know if HTC, or Sprint, has anything in the works.

I have sent an email to Sprint regarding the issue and will update this post if I hear anything back.