Sure, the HTC Aria is incredibly cute, but it’s also eminently capable, and this extends to imaging…
It features a camera similar (if not identical) to the HTC Hero, US version, with an 5 megapixel sensor, an auto-focus lens with macro, and no flash – read on for more!
The Aria takes pretty good pictures (slide show). Shots are a little overexposed in daylight, and colors are a bit muted, but there’s a reasonable amount of detail and low-light performance is decent. The macro works extremely well, and requires no user intervention.
Like with other HTC devices running Sense UI on top of Android 2.1, the camera interface is quite nice. There’s a plethora of useful settings and touch to focus, but no dedicated shutter key.
Despite recording 640×480 (VGA) video at 30 fps with initial auto-focus, quality is disappointing. The Aria uses low bitrate codecs (like AMR), which result in visible compression artifacts and poor audio.
Here is a sample video (download original, VGA, 640×480 @ 30 fps):