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HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7): Smart vs Optical Image Stabilization comparison

HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7): Smart vs Optical Image Stabilization comparison
On Monday, we went ahead and took the LG G Pro 2 and the LG G2 for a field test. The object of our curiosity? Optical Image Stabilization, and more specifically, whether the so called OIS+ on the new G Pro 2 was really as superior to the 'normal' OIS in the G2. The folks from LG promised 20% less shaky-hands-business, and after reviewing the tapes, we agreed -- the G Pro 2's OIS+ is, indeed, a step forward.

But what about of the still hot off the conveyor belt HTC One (M8)? The new flagship from the Taiwan-based company traded the OIS gizmos found in last year's One (M7) for a secondary camera whose sole purpose is to gather depth information, which, in turn, allows for some flashy tricks in the post-processing stage. The jury is still out on whether the involved R&D and manufacturing costs will be really worth the marketing gains, though we'll say this much: we are sad to see OIS go. Obviously HTC's PR team did try to push the notion that the One (M8)'s so-called "Smart Stabilization" rivals the OIS solution in last year's One:

A new ISP paired with the UltraPixel sensor enables performance that rivals the traditional Optical Image Stabilization in last year’s platform.

- HTC One (M8) Duo Camera White Paper

Unfortunately, as you can see from the results of our test below, letting go of OIS has had a pretty detrimental effect on video capture on the move. Take a look.

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:34 3

1. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 860; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Well at least everything looks more detailed, but OIS will be missed on video..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:42 5

2. Derekjeter (Posts: 293; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I gave my M8 back yesterday, I took video of my daughter playing and i noticed all the shaking. I didn't know OIS was missing till yesterday. That sucks. I just couldn't handle it. Its weird i love my first ONE but the M8 doesn't seem like a step forward to me other than the look cuz let me tell you this thing is sexy but i was expecting a little more. I guess i will have to try the S5. Come on LG wheres the G3.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:01 3

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2969; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Because S5 has OIS.......

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:04 2

12. express77 (unregistered)


it has larger sensor and htc acts like earthquake will destroy its buildings and factories if it give large sensor.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:18 3

17. vipervoid123 (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


S5 DONT HAVE OIS ~
Do some research before said this ~

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:35 4

18. tech2 (Posts: 2204; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Every hear of sarcasm, genius ?

FYI, that 'genius' remark was a sarcasm.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:35

19. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2969; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sarcasm

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:02 1

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5867; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You may have to wait for the G3, 'cause the S5 no gots OIS. Or, try a Lumia ;-)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:36

21. karkavelas (Posts: 58; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)


I think you just create negative stories about the phone because you are Korean lover (samsung, LG )..
I bet you don't have the phone and you don't have a daughter also.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:47

3. newbey123 (Posts: 436; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


The wife and I have had ours almost a week and we don't notice any difference when using video. So for us the smart stabilization is just as good.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:48 2

4. HighTechToid (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Sort of a catch-22 I suppose judging by that video. You lose OIS, but the video is very clearly sharper and more detailed on the M8. To me, the shakiness - from your video - is not terrible though. OIS will be missed, though.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:49 6

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3421; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


As i said two three weeks before htc cameras are always crap and gimmicky. Its funny they neglect the image quality from reviews and still boast how not so great cameras they have. I remember last year them making an infographic bashing pureview and other camera technologies. Lol.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:14

15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


they say more megapixels is just a gimmick when htc one was announced.

-but i remembered they sold a phone with 16megapixels after nokia n8 was announced.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:49 1

6. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i'm honestly shocked by the amount of improvement in details, it doesnt even look like the same camera. even though it is...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:16 1

16. tbonezx11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


It's not the same camera. They said it's the same "4MP Ultrapixel" but it's a different sensor than was in the M7, so it IS a different camera...just same resolution.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:49

7. nbringer (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


I don't believe this kind of video... they are lying just as NOKIA did a while ago.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:06 5

13. buccob (Posts: 1483; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Who is lying? the phonearena's author that took them for a test to show you that the new M8 is not better at video than the previous?

I guess you just saw the title and jumped into the comments section without reading or seing the article...

This is not an Ad from HTC... its the complete opposite.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:52

8. Achilis (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Video looks more crispy n detailed with M8, but definitely very shaky. with OIS it would have been a good video camera.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:04

11. satoofy (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


I think it's April Fool's own site phonearena

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:12 5

14. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


M8 is brighter, cleaner, better..... and shakier.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:57 1

20. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Such a shame, especially considering the notable improvement in video picture quality....ugh.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:41 1

22. erikiksaz (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Meh, I'll take the clearer video anyday (M8).

People bitch and moan about having clear pictures. Last time I checked I don't film most of my videos while walking around or in a car. I'm usually sitting or on foot, panning the camera at the object.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 01:28

23. kira_s (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


htc I can't believe you put such a rubbish camera on the m7 and said it performs just as good as the other flagship phones

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