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First real HTC One UltraPixel camera samples pop up (video)

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First real HTC One UltraPixel camera samples pop up (video)
A few improvised photos have been snapped during the HTC One unveiling festivities yesterday, and with the phone itself at that. So far we only had the company's promo shots, which looked good, but promotional pics are usually done in the best of circumstances, so real-life shots are what counts.

The One units at the event are likely non-final, yet the quality of the UltraPixel camera software on such pre-release devices is usually pretty close, if not the same, as the retail ones, so from the pics below you can get a decent impression about the phone's low-light capabilities. The shots come out at 2688x1520 resolution, or 4 MP 16:9 format, which, unless you are going to print out billboards, is more than enough for the typical usage.

Just like with the Lumia 920 and its own optical image stabilization, bright areas seem a tad overexposed when it's darker around, as the phone soaks much more light than your typical handset in these scenarios. There is also some noise and detail is on the average side - overall not groundbreaking, but pretty decent performance coming from what is perhaps a non-final unit. The optical image stabilization, however, will help avoid blur in the photos, which very often results when something moves in low-light scenarios with other smartphones.

Have a look for yourself in the slideshow below, where the HTC One samples are compared to similar frames taken with the Nexus 4. There is also a Full HD video taken with the One, which thanks to the OIS system inside looks very stable, though the continuous autofocus wanders around quite a bit. 

We can't wait to take the final retail unit for some real-life photography, but one thing is for sure - the UltraPixel camera is a definite advancement before every module HTC has put in its phones so far.

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posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:01 30

1. BattleBrat (Posts: 1090; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'm gonna get SOOOO many thumbs down for this, but my iPhone 4s takes better shots.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 04:24 14

21. AnTuTu (Posts: 867; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Your iPhone 10 even can't take these kind of photos lolzzz :)

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:15 19

26. TylerGrunter (Posts: 968; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


By chance have a comparison between the results of the HTC One and the Iphone 5 (which camara is supposed to be better than the one in 4S), and I can call your bulls**t!
HTC one:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/5786230/TCOneb.jpg
iPhone 5
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/5786230/iphoneb.jpg
It's easy to check how much noise the iPhone 5 camera has under low light.
So don't post stupid comments to create flame wars please!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:07 16

2. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I dont know abt iPhone 4s but my lumia 800 would definitely kick its ass (At least from above pics).

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 09:35 1

32. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


My Lumia 900 would get Its ass kicked by it and the 900 and 800 have the same terrible sensor.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 11:44

36. -box- (Posts: 3819; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


"Terrible"?! I have a 900 and would not call the camera "terrible". Behind the times compared to a 920 or 808, yes, (about on par with a 4s) but not terrible. Look at some recent Pantech smartphones or the Nexus4 to see a lower-quality smartphone camera.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 04:38

43. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


You would be saying this if you really had Lumia 900/800.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:48

40. JulianGT (Posts: 82; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


my almost 3 years old nokia n8 takes better shots

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:07 33

3. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


They basically reduced the resolution of photos and that's it. I don't see anything special in those photos. Shame on you htc.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 04:22 9

20. cezarepc (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


GS3 (even GS2) and Note2 on 5MP takes better pics. That's a common technique to reduce noise. Video of the One is great though.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 04:47 1

24. jove39 (Posts: 1300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Did you viewed those images at 100% size? Image with water bottle seems way better for HTC One

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:08 2

28. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


The sad thing is that they called out the 808 in their info graphic and they made jabs at in the conference. Even though the one is a superior phone; with regards to camera quality its not even approaching the 808, i don't think this cam can even beat the n8. It will be interesting to see low light comparisons with the 920.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:09 29

4. emadshiny (Posts: 1134; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


nothing special as they claimed.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:17 2

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


sold...

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:18 23

6. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


sorry to say but it is just average camera.....

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:18 14

7. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


nothing special...............it is average camera.....

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:21 9

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 1438; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I don't want to judge from the images and videos above but I'll just wait for the review...

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:23

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


the camera has alot of bokkeh....looks good

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:37

15. darkskoliro (Posts: 986; Member since: 07 May 2012)


BOKKEHHHHHH

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:21 12

9. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


The iPhone 4S/5 has a backlit sensor with 1.4 micron pixels. The Nokia N8, with its 12MP sensor, 1.75 microns. The Nokia 808, with its proprietary 41MP sensor, virtual pixels of 4 micons at 5MP output and 3.2 microns at 8MP output.

In all of these cases, the resolution is superior to what has been revealed with the HTC One. Sure, the larger pixel approach gathers more light per pixel. Coupled with OIS, this should result in solid low light performance. Unfortunately, it seems to sacrifice in other areas, such as excessive noise. Nokia's Pureview on the 808 has taken noise literally out of the equation...or mostly in most circumstances. The HTC One is not even close.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:30 4

11. Kalevro (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


They brought more light into the pics but maybe they would have had sucess if the camera sensor was in the above average zone, like maybe in the more memorable 8 to 10 megapixels zone.
They do it like Sony, HTC. Bringing in imperfected technology.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:30 5

12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2132; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Looked at these and some more under proper lightning, and I'm not that impressed. Maxed out at 4MP, they should look pixel sharp, as a matter of fact, you put 920 or iP5 samples next to them (resized to 4MP) and they look slightly sharper. I notice quite a bit noise reduction which is the reason behind the Xperia Z's disappointment, I prefer the results untouched by SW. But I love the pre-buffer technology, makes a lot of sense, and the HDR tech on both sides comes handy, so it's perfectly tolerable.

So why don't results blow away competition? Because, ironically, when HTC says megapixels don't count, it applies to them too: no matter if the sensor has 4mil large or 13mil small pixels, if it's the same size as the rivals, results will be decided by sensor tech and not pixel count, and the sharpest results of any technology over 4, 8 or 13MPs is still produced by (thumbs down coming) the iPhone 5. The Exmor RS has potential too as some of the Chinese manufacturer's samples look very sharp at full 13MP, but I fear the sensor tech is the same for the HTC that was featured on the DNA, and it doesn't matter if it's has larger pixels capturing just 4MPs, same sensor will result in same overall sharpness (resized to a certain resolution obviously).

Still want the phone.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:36 4

14. Kalevro (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Didn't Sony make Apples' camera sensors. I think the camera team just configured the lenses on the iPhone 5 but still can't argue with your fact.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:45 4

18. yero789 (unregistered)


Yes that's right,Sony makes Apple's camera sensors,but I like Nokia's Carl Zeiss camera sensors too,they produce natural colors in photos.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 04:45 2

22. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Hopefully Sony can squeeze more juice out of that Exmor RS with some software tweaking

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:36 15

13. shadez10 (Posts: 403; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


i dont see any special thing about this ultrapixel gimmick from HTC...

and also video quality is average....

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:40 1

16. jove39 (Posts: 1300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Htc one pictures are for sure better than Nexus4...when viewed at 100%

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:41 4

17. yero789 (unregistered)


As I see compared to Nexus 4,there is no real difference,I mean it is the same photo quality,not something new.Just my opinion!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 03:55 11

19. louiemapa (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


I think my 3310 takes better photos than this. XD

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 04:46

23. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


yeah... blah, blah, blah.. you'll get the tests and you'll see...

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:02 1

25. windroid (unregistered)


Are those the fantastic down-sampled photos of the HTC One?!?

They are full of noise I just can’t imagine how they would come out if taken on full resolution...

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:50 1

27. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I thought it was supposed to beat 808 and 920? looks average.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:29 1

29. afzalzainal (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Wow... Iso burn all over the image.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:43 2

30. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I'm still looking for a phone that could replace my Sony Xperia X10i (which has been with me for more than 2 years). But I don't think this would be the One.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 09:09 2

31. ngo2dd (Posts: 786; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


What is up with all those troll. So everyone on here is a expert on photo.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 11:48 2

37. -box- (Posts: 3819; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


No need to be an expert when they're this obviously bad. My dear grandmother with her cataracts could see these are bad.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 10:33 1

33. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I expected a lot.. and I'm disappointed

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 10:43 1

34. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


acceptable for a phone in my eyes, and as for the first comment, the iPhone 4S and the 5 have the same camera, they just decreased size for the 5. Just saying. Also, I don't see anything wrong with the One pictures, they seem fine. You want professional looking pictures, get a Nokia PureView 808, or an actual point and shoot camera.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 10:55 1

35. Whateverman (Posts: 3223; Member since: 17 May 2009)


What I don't get is why go for the hard sell on 4 mps? Okay, megapixels don't matter, that's cool. But non-PA readers aren't getting that message. If it really doesn't matter, make it an 8 ultra pixel sensor and cram all that new technology into it so when the general public compares it to their current device. The average consumer wanting a better camera than their current 5mp camera will most likely not even give this 4mp or up camera a second look base that misconception of higher mp equals higher quality.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 12:22

38. Taters (Posts: 3220; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Nexus 4 isn't really a good measuring stick since even the One X has a better camera.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 13:40

39. apawar71 (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Lol! High ppi Display and a low mp cam unit. Where is HTC going?

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 00:57

41. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Details is not that good

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 04:13

42. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


great quality for a phone

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