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HTC One UltraPixel camera tips and tricks review

HTC One UltraPixel camera tips and tricks review
With the so-called UltraPixel camera in the HTC One the company went off the beaten path of increasing the megapixel count, putting a sensor with both larger than typical pixel size, and optical image stabilization for a double whammy at low-light and motion shots, which are traditionally the weakest point for smartphone cameras.

In our grand camera bash, the One did fine, but not the best job overall, especially in daytime shots, where the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 took the cake with sharper and more detailed photos most of the time. Where it shone in comparison, however, were low-light and night shots, as well as video stabilization, and only the Nokia Lumia 920, with an elaborate OIS system of its own, can rival it when the light goes down, and you don't have a tripod handy.

The HTC One, however, offers plenty of camera settings to tinker with, which can improve your shots beforehand, and a handy Auto Enhance feature to pimp them up afterwards, so check out these few tips in the slideshow below, and be patient, as the pics might take a while to load.

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posted on 10 Apr 2013, 05:57 21

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5878; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I think the One is 2013s sleeper phone. The GS IV is going to make the sales, but I think the One is the better offering. Shame that it is not available on VZW.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:13 19

10. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I think the One will do well, definitely not gs4 sales but a step in the right direction for htc. Word of mouth is pretty powerful and early reviews seem positive for the one.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:21 16

13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The One is a gorgeous phone. It wins the premium feeling, it wins the design, it wins the camera (Ultrapixel). And yes, I agree with you, the One is the better offering.

The Galaxy S4 only wins the benchmark, the features and the popularity of Samsung.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 18:41 1

29. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Well for features u can use Apple's ideology to have both phones tie, use 3rd party apps to make up for any of the missing features. With that, im sure both phone pretty much equal out in term of features except for the airview and air gesture crap since that requires an extra sensor. But how big of a deal is that air whatever thing? My theory is, features are super similar, buy the phone that looks sexy.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 22:33 1

33. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yes, for features we can use Apple's ideology to have both phones tie and use 3rd party apps to make up any of the missing features, I agree with you.

But some of the (3rd party) features from the Galaxy S4, is not available at the Play Store and requires some sort of sensor.......

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:26

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


The young is a great phone and WILL be available available Verizon summer time. Dons say you got that from me though ;)

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 03:13

34. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


one go up for top seller in uk..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bestsellers-Electronics-Mobile-Phones-Smartphones/zgbs/electronics/356496011

u can see most satisfy of camera belong to one.

http://www.phones4u.co.uk/shop/shop_contract_details.asp?ItemKey=678104&intcid=HP_Just_arrived_P4#BVRRWidgetID

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 03:18

35. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


one camera beats z and s4 easily.

http://gsm.ir/news/show/21380/%DA%A9%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%85+%DA%AF%D9%88%D8%B4%DB%8C+%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86+%D8%A8%D9%87%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C+%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%9B+Galaxy+s4+%DB%8C%D8%A7+HTC+One+%DB%8C%D8%A7+Xperia+Z%D8%9F

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:06 4

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 991; Member since: 07 May 2012)


You should have talked about night mode! And how the ISO setting in night mode is turned down, to increase the shutter time, which in turn leads to much less noise and nicer pictures! Auto mode is for the "fastest" shots, having incredibly low shutter speed times with higher ISOs, while manual pictures can prolong these shutter speeds and decrease the ISO :)

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:12 5

3. Daniel.P (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


No worries, a thorough camera comparison with night and indoor shots is coming :)

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:33 1

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 991; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Great! Hope it will include more about the technical side to things!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:50 4

7. darkskoliro (Posts: 991; Member since: 07 May 2012)


By the way, just wanted to say that I believe they are selling the experience more than anything :) Hence why they were so into ZOE and their microphone capabilities! Revolutionary camera hardware is still a few years away in my opinion, so they decided to make a better low light performer so that it will perform great all around, because people will want the best photos in any scenario! Which also ties into their social theme right now with blinkfeed etc, through surveys they believe that people use social networking more than anything, which doesnt even require more than 2mpx at max for FB or IG. No one prints off photos taken from their phone, so a sacrifice for stellar performance instead of less noise when zooming in only on daylight photos was a tradeoff they were willing to take.
Just my opinion..

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:08

11. HussamAldean (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


is those picture taken with the latest update of htc one ?

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:21

12. FiddyPence (Posts: 21; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Hopefully you guys include proper low light shots unlike the GS4 review where the low light shot was just an overcast day.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:25

18. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I'm afraid it will be as biased as the last one

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:26 1

4. Trex95 (Posts: 558; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Honestly after i saw a lot of camera comparison between Iphone 5, htc one, S4 and Nokia 920. I hate to say that cause i'm not Sam fan but S4 camera still better than htc one specially the 1080p video, but htc one still better than S4 at night video 1080p.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:31

5. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well if camera pics don't come out how you expect them to, there should be app available which should not be cheap but high qualty which lots you edit and add or remove aswell as photo editing: mean to say an app that costs$20 or more©

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 06:56

8. darkskoliro (Posts: 991; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Unavailable due to the fact that in order for apps to optimize cameras, they have to go in depth into the API which companies dont want them snooping around on.

"at present the Android camera APIs simply doesn’t expose enough for third party camera apps to be very powerful."

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:30 3

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


Well that's the HTC's camera and Zoe feature. It's better then photoshop, Snapseed and instagram combined ;)

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:06 2

9. FlushGordon (unregistered)


I can't believe why so many people are falling for this ultrapixel gimmick....it's nothing but a glorified pre 2010 camera technology

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 08:29 1

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


I beg the differ. It's One amazing camera (pun intended) ;)

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:48

20. chocolaking (Posts: 453; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Dude, you should do some study before you make this comment.
Or maybe you just don't understand the photography technology?
Do you want me to send you some links of how photography wroks?

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 17:39 1

26. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


So many idiots falling for this phone. There going to be angry and I will accept your thumbs down for now till you come back begging HTC for a refund. The hardware is good, the camera looks bad (view images in fullscreen on atleast 1080p screen), the battery lifeis junk, the metal is poor build quality, the phone runs very hot, the phone screen is beaten by the s4.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 18:24 1

28. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Have you even used it? All reviewers are saying it has a great battery life and the buil quality is one of a kind. Plus the camera is actually pretty good, just not great. I haven't heard from the reviews that it runs hot so where is your information from?

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 18:57

30. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


When gaming the device uses so much battery that it drains faster than it can charge. To help "fix" this the software closes background apps without asking you to hide the fact that the thing is a battery hog.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 18:44

37. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I did not know that. Interesting!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 19:55 1

31. JEverettnow (Posts: 203; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Reviewers are sometimes persuaded by the company to give good reviews. If history is any indicator on this phone, it will be a p.o.s.

Ask anyone that works for a cell phone company what phones get returned the most or have the most failures.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 18:45

38. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Yeah, but some reviewers seem honest. Thats just me.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:15

17. Deaconclgi (Posts: 301; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Those are some great photography tips. I will try some of those with my 808. I wish the 808 had the Continuous Shot mode though. Thanks for the post.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:25 1

19. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Anandtech has already done a few tests Lumia vs one and when it comes to OIS Lumia wins hands down (for example at the film on the bridge where 920 superiority is so obvious that it needs no further explanation) Htc copied Nokia's idea and made it wrong. Typical.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 13:36 2

22. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 870; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Yes the Lumia has a better OIS, but don't forget the rest of the review where the reviewer said that Night mode on the One trashed the 920, also on low light video while the Lumia defenitely has the smoother video and less shaky the One catches much more light.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:21 3

21. chocolaking (Posts: 453; Member since: 22 May 2012)


The camera features on the HTC One is awesome!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 14:28 2

23. Taters (Posts: 3291; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Here is a tip that HTC should follow. Use a better camera for your flagship.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 14:37 1

24. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Great show of ultrapixell..its really excellent..one camera is best.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 14:53 1

25. Guarulhos (Posts: 39; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


At Blog From HTC, Made All The Pictures Have Been Edited !

All Photographs Were Captured Image Processing !

First Picture Was Used In The Software: "Snapseed 1.5" !

Second Image Was Used In The Software: "Picasa" !

In Third Picture Was Used In The Software: "Snapseed 1.5" !

In Fourth Picture Was Used In The Software: "Picasa" !

Why Do You Want To Fool Us ?

P.S: As I Look Of Original Images And Without Any Kind Of Treatment !!!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 17:42 1

27. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Htc fanboys will never accept the camera is junk and only performs better in really crappy lighting conditions compared to other flagships. When this phone ships their is going to be a storm of rage over it, prepare now for disappointment fanboys.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 20:03

32. JEverettnow (Posts: 203; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


I really haven't liked most of the photos I have seen from this phone. Edited or not. History will more than likely repeat itself and this will be another junk phone just like all of the EVO's. 4 ultrapixel is another gimmick just like the 3d camera they made. Looks like a nice screen though. Blinkfeed can go in the garbage. The s4 I got to use was very nice and felt amazing in my hand. I would rather have a polycarbonite phone than HTC's cheap non repairable metal.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 15:30

36. Luisit0 (Posts: 73; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


Very handy and useful tips, will be useful when I get my unit (:

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 23:03

39. simonhpaton (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


HTC ONE camera in HDR Mode or: Best 3rd party app for HDR Mode?:
-HDR Camera +
- Camera HDR Studio
* HDR camera

Hi all. I have the update 4.3 Android version. I've been told to use HDR Mode in camera settings to get best photo in low light or when there is bright and low light. I have tried Night Mode but it NEVER produced good shots. Overall, I am happy with the photos. I compared a friends Sony Xperia z1 camera with my HTC ONE camera. Overall, if you do not crop, zoom in or want to blow up your pictures into photos, its a great camera. However, when it comes to HDR Mode, I was told to install a 3rd party app for this as HTC's HDR Mode is not consistent and was told some 3rd party apps are better for HDR. These are:

* Camera HDR Studio
* HDR camera ( i believe this free app has full HDR features from HDR Camera +). Not sure if that's true? Anyone know?
-HDR Camera +

Overall, in forums, HDR Camera+ and HDR Camera; Camera HDR Studio including and, maybe even Snap Camera HDR (had one great review I read for HTC ONE but from my personal experience, not so good) are the better apps and better for HDR use than the HTC HDR Mode.

Can anyone suggest one over the other for my HTC ONE?

Thanks all!

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