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First camera samples from the HTC Desire 820 compared with the HTC One (M8)

First camera samples from the HTC Desire 820 compared with the HTC One (M8)
HTC today unveiled its new mid-range forerunner, the Desire 820, which packs a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 inside. Unlike HTC's current flagship, the One (M8), the maker's new mid-ranger packs a more regular 13MP camera at its back. The One (M8) can only boast a 4MP Ultrapixel one - we generally feel that this one is a little bit underperforming. That said, it's curious to put these two against one another in a camera comparison showdown. 

The BSI camera sensor of the Desire 820 packs an f/2.2 aperture. At the same time its bigger brother, the One (M8) is endowed with a 4MP Ultrapixel camera on  its back which works in concert with a sensor that is collecting depth data for the image. The camera sensor of the One (M8) has an aperture of f/2.0, which allows more light to get inside the sensor itself (at least on paper, that is). They also have the same focal length - 28mm. The cameras of both smartphones have somewhat similar bags of features, such as autofocus, digital zoom, geo-tagging, and the usual bunch of functionalities that you'd expect them to flaunt.

We took some sample photos with both devices here at IFA 2014, and it's up to you to decide which one performs better. Still, take into consideration that these are preliminary, so don't jump to any conclusions based on these just yet. 


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posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:02 1

1. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


They both look horrible. I've always hated the camera on my M8. It's just not that good compare to other flagships. I don't know what the heck I was thinking putting the design first in smartphone buying factors. And tell you guys the truth I'm already tired of M8's design. It gets uglier to me everyday. I even think that the M7 looks better than the M8 nowadays. Well, I guess here I come Note 4 or Note Edge!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:09

3. Ashoaib (Posts: 2419; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


bcoz you get used to with the design of m8... it is human nature, we start feel boring after sometime with everything...

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:27

4. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


I didn't have that problem with my iPhone 4, GS2 & Butterfly. For some weird reason, at least to me(just ONLY my opinion), the design of M8 gets uglier everyday.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:30 3

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I doubt you have an m8. The camera is fantastic and so is the design.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:29 1

11. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


LOL You doubt that I own one? Sure, whatever you say.....LOL

But since you wrote "The camera is fantastic...", I'm also gonna say that I doubt you have an M8.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:39 3

12. tiara6918 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Go ask your friends what's the camera on the m8 like. All of my friends said the camera was clearer than the actual thing they're seeing and for the front cam was like a mirror. I have an m8 alright and it gets better to stare at every single day unlike what you said

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:03

16. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


why would I ask my friends? and why do you need to listen to what your friends have to say? don't you own one? you dont got eyes?

peter k even wrote here "The One (M8) can only boast a 4MP Ultrapixel one - we generally feel that this one is a little bit underperforming"

You're a consumer just like myself. I understand that you like HTC but that shouldn't be the reason to defend em for giving us an inferior camera than other flagships. Consumers like us should speak out so they could listen and improve more in the future.

About the design, I wrote "just ONLY my opinion", which doesn't mean anything to you or anyone else here. Do not take it personally.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 21:04

24. hurrycanger (Posts: 1279; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


He said "It's just not that good compare to other flagships."
I have an M8 and I take a lot of photos. The rear camera really isn't that great to compare with some other flagships.

The front camera, however, is awesome! Very clear and bright in low light, also with nice wide angle.

And what did he say again? Didn't he meant the main camera, not the front. So yeah, the rear camera is not that great comparing to other flagships. It is okay though, and some camera features on the M8 are nice to have.

Oh wait. He already said some of this. xD
But I still want to make this comment to back him up cuz what he said wasn't wrong, at all.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:45

13. tiara6918 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Just made a screenshot(hk time)http://m.imgur.com/LOXzuwo

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:00 2

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8908; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Had a M8. Camera was great so idk why you're hating so much on the phone.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:07

17. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


I don't think it's that great but again it's just my opinion which I'm allow to say. And I wasn't hating, I just don't like the phone that I have now. Why is that a problem for you or tiara?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:22

18. tiara6918 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Just saying the camera isn't as terrible as what you're telling us. Anyway we all have our own opinon and for me the camera on the m8 is great enough.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:46 1

19. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


I only wrote "It's just not that good compare to other flagships.".

And to 'ME' those sample shots on both devices look horrible.

I'm glad you're enjoying your device. I may feel different than you maybe because I only wanted the best of everything.

I'm definitely going to pick up either the note 4 or note edge but that doesn't mean I won't buy another HTC phone again. Who knows? Maybe I'll get an M9 if it satisfies me in camera department.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 08:02

21. tiara6918 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Yes, I understand that the camera is just based on our preferences and I can understand what you're pointing out. If you don't like the camera on the m8, you might want the one on the butterfly 2. Here's a link of their comparison but it's in mandarin, anyway it's just the photo comparison at the bottom part I want you to see-http://www.mobile01.com/newsdetail.php?id=15544

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 10:51

23. pulkit1 (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


you are in a minority apart from maybe samsung fanboys.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 08:10

22. SayMobile (Posts: 44; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)


The Closeup is better on d one m8 while the 820 has much better color reproduction ,either way both of them sucks, htc' 13MP unit is a big disaster like its ultrapixel crap

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:54

9. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 906; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I love the camera on my M8, the fact that is one of the few Android devices with manual controls means it can own almost every single other smartphone at night pics.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:04

2. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1036; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


plot twist the desire is actually the flagship

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:32

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Pa, would be great if you have front facing camera comparisons since the desire 820 is better(in terms of selfies)

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:34

7. f35hunter (Posts: 187; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


the m8 snaps look more details.
also there is alot of mr.shakyhand in both snaps loool

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:53 1

8. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


That's what I hate about HTC they put crappy 13MP sensor on their mid range handsets to give the illusion that the M8's 4MP UP camera is actually good

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:55 2

10. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 906; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


You said it all, mid range handsets therefore lower quality of the camera sensor, the high end Butterfly 2 uses a 13MP Sony IMX214 sensor.

But on a side note, in these pics is where the Ultrapixel sensor is at home, in indoors with low light it excells at least from my experiences with it.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:02

15. alexvv (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


there is absolutely nothing seriously wrong with the one m8 camera. and is snaps better pictures than the one e8, desire 816 etc. smartphone sites tell you "there's not enough detail" but you are not going to print the images. the problem is: they wanted to make a wide angle lens with big pixels. if they went with 13mp and wanted 2.0micro m pixels they should have but a 1/2" sensor wich is immense and expensive. so they made a 4mp one with a regular 1/3" size by cropping a frame of a 5mp camera. they could have done the opposite: take a 5mp camera and make it 16:9 the other way = 6.7mp (like the lumia 720) and a sensor size of around 1/2.7". this way it would be really fantastic in well-light senarios too.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 08:02 1

20. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


HTC keep the ultrapixels or whatever you call.

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