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HTC One and the UltraPixels: the end of the megapixel war

0. phoneArena 19 Feb 2013, 11:20 posted on

HTC just confirmed the old adage "do what's right and take the consequences" with the introduction of the HTC One, which carries a humble 4 MP camera with better quality photos in an age when the marketing departments scoff at anything less than 8 MP for a flagship device...

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posted on 19 Feb 2013, 10:49 1

27. KiranPAUSER (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

But you can't get lossless zoom. So you can't crop out distance images with enough sharpness, unlike 808. This is a major drawback.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 10:53

29. Coolest4ever7 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

Why No Verizon!

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 10:58 3

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

all i have to say is, with xperia z's 13MP shooter and Exmor RS, i won't need bigger pixels. sony has already proven that their sensors perform well in low light.
htc, you can shove your crap in your A-whole.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:09 4

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

Nokia 808 Pixel Size:

Full Resolution: 38 MP (1.4 Microns);

Mode PureView: 8 MP (3.07 Microns) / 5 Megapixels (3.91 Microns) / 3 MP (4.89 Microns) !

HTC One is Excellent, But Still Has the Camera Lower Nokia 808 !!!

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:11 2

33. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Like i said before, 41mpx 808 sensor for loseless zoom together with the l920 ois = win. I like the ones concept, bit it will still be crappy on zooming...

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:41 1

42. marchels14 (unregistered)

I want to see it compared to nokia lumia 920 and 808 pureview then i will believe.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 12:06

48. SonyFan (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

HTC One has not NFC, has not micro sd, non removeable battery

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 12:08 1

49. SonyFan (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

in overall Xperia Z is better than this
design,camera,Watterproof, NFC it's avaible in a few days...and it's cheaper than HTC One(679€) and XPeria Z already (620€)

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 13:16

59. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

ill go for One in terms o design And camera :D

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 13:17 1

60. DKMDROID (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

extremely impressive it takes alot of balls to be truthful about the technology they are selling scrape it and make something awesome even though its only 4mp shots it doesnt matter because the quality of the photo itself is far beyond its competitors although for alot of customers itll be a step back but in truth its a step forward ... cant wait for the review

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 15:39

66. acca1386 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

I don't understand why people say that these pictures are better than any from other phones? I just saw some samples taken in the release event and they look pretty normal, full of noise and without sharpness. In this you can barely read the letters in the lens


You can see more pictures there in that web page.

Besides, HTC claims that because their pixels are bigger that means their camera takes better pictures, if that's entirely true then old phone cameras like those in the N95 (2.2 microns @ 5mp) or even the N90 (3.3 microns @ 2mp) would take significantly better pictures than any of today's phones, and we know for sure that it is not true.

I can't also see where is the "race of megapixels" since the 8mp phones came out in 2010.... That must be a slow motion race. You can talk about the screen resolution race and the processor race, even the size race... but there's no megapixel race. And if you want to talk about the the nokia 808 and its 41mp, that phone has a 1/1.2" sensor with carl zeiss lens, so it's not all about the megapixels.


Sometimes it seems like some comments are being sponsored since they lack of arguments and just say things to increase hype on something that brings no significant advance from what already exist.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 16:29

67. drWho (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

Leading competition? What a scam. I feel like I'm being sold a infomercial vacuum cleaner. Come on, name the conditions and competition. This is what I hate about HTC, its too infomercial and lacks proof. Back to the 1950's we go. What happened to their 16mp camera being so great and now they say mp doesn't count months later?? This is what HTC loses the market on. Its like their Windows phone colors matching Nokia's and claiming they (HTC) invented them. When they stop being snake oil salesmen maybe I'll listen.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 18:09

69. nikenturd (unregistered)

I'd rather see a REAL review from a first hand owner/user....I'll remain skeptical for now...

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 18:20

70. MC1123 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

bring 808 PV and lumia 920 fusion phone! the nokia EOS out!!! i still think 808PV will smoke this!!! i mean, it took sony 3 years to release Xperia S to match nokia's N8!!!

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 18:35 1

71. israinwet (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)

Verizon would pass this up too. This camera seems so awesome :(

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 18:55

72. x78_nothing (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

keep 8MP with slightly bigger sensor 1/2.3", 1/1.7" or even 2/3" ... f/2.0 is good similar to Lumia 920,

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 01:53

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

I strongly believe it will be nothing more than just an average camera. HTC has prooved many times in the past that they posses littlew understanding of how to build a good camera module.
Still, I wonder did they rip off of PureView or not.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 01:55

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

htc and a good camera is a no go. not a chance. decent? maybe. If they fail to deliver what they promised, like sony with Z, it will be a rough year for htc.

posted on 10 Mar 2013, 20:21

78. sn8jg (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

the nokia 808 pixel size is 1,4 microns in 38,4 megapixel camera mode... in 8megapixel images the pixel size is 3,17microns and in 5 megapixel mode (still more resolution picture than the 4megapixel pictures of the htc one) the pixel size is 4,01microns
So it is false that the htc pixels are bigger than those of the nokia 808 in any of the pureview modes

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 04:47

79. shreehari (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

see nokias always ahead

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