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HTC One camera improved thanks to firmware update

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HTC One camera improved thanks to firmware update
Singapore's Hardware Zone noticed a big change in the pictures taken with an HTC One review unit and a second unit that it swapped out the original phone for. The firmware had been updated on the unit and when comparing the pictures from the two handsets, you can see the differences in the photos. After the update, the pictures were sharper and clearer (except at ISO800 for some reason). HTC says that the final versions of the units that will be released to consumers will contain the updated firmware.

When HTC first revealed the idea behind using the UltraPixel name, it was obvious that the Taiwan based manufacturer was concerned that the public was going to concentrate on the 4MP used on the camera and wonder why HTC was not winning the arms race, the continuously escalating number of MP on a smartphone camera. But if the public simply looks at the pictures that the updated camera takes, the public no longer will be judging the quality of a camera on a smartphone merely by the number of  MP that the camera is promoted as having.

In an amazing bit of forecasting the future, NYTimes tech writer David Pogue wrote all the way back in February 2007, before the Apple iPhone was launched, that the public was getting too hung up on the MP count on digital cameras and that he had seen a 4MP camera take better pictures than an 8MP shooter. And speaking of the future, inabout 30 seconds from now, when you check out the pictures in the slideshow below, keep in mind that the photos taken with the improved firmware are on the right.

source: HardwareZone, Phandroid, NYTimes via AndroidandMe


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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:39 41

1. zig8100 (Posts: 232; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Much better.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:59 7

32. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


why can't they just put an 8 or 13 UltraPixel before they ship them out.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:33 19

37. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


In my opinion this camera beats all the competition hands down and it just got even better with the update.

@lovency8 If they'd put 8MP Ultrapixel inside it'd be gargantuan. And it would have a camera bulge again. Last year people complained about the bulge, this time they made the camera recessed. ;) good guy HTC

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 04:01 1

40. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


would you really buy a phone just for the looks or for camera even though you already know HTC's history by killing software updates after 12 months of release?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 06:14 4

50. sintruder (Posts: 114; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


htc is releasing only one flagship this year.So the one won't have update issues since from now on they'll be releasing only one flagship per year.This makes it easier for htc to update there phones faster and for a longer period of time.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 08:00 3

56. gogowho (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


no, you are wrong.
one won't the only one flagship this year. Google it.
the marketing manager just confirmed that.
this is what i always said: never trust htc, including their quality and service.
they are notorious for their marketing hypes, qualities, everything
they should pay more attention to their products, but fool people.
for instance, still some people think ulatrapuxel has 4*3=12mp

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:54 6

72. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)


There was a survey conducted by PA. HTC was on top with frequent updates. (Exception for 2 cases) DO some research

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:35

78. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


The updates usually cause more harm than good though. On the evo 3d the last update killed swype, on the 4g LTE numerous issues happened after every update, and then after the last software update if you let the battery die it would take almost a half an hour for the phone to be able to be turned back on after being on the charger.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 15:16

82. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Who is the stupid ppl thinking 4x3 = 12 megapixel? that's one of the genius assumption I have seen.
This must be an joke. Lol

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:40 5

55. KParks23 (Posts: 639; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Really my 2 year old thunderbolt got a update a couple weeks ago.. Do some research before u slam someone HTC is one of the leading mfr when it comes to pushing updates

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 04:17 4

41. Birds (Posts: 1165; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Not to be rude, but you don't get it do you? Cell phones use 1/3" sensors to save space. HTC went the route of having a a pixel binding technology similar to pure view to increase image quality. If they would have had more pixels in to camera, there would have been far more grain and mushy details. What HTC did was look at what should be the limit for pixels size on such a small sensor without sacrificing or even improving image quality. 4.3 megapixels is still more than adequate for day to day shots. In my opinion, there is no point in a camera resolution above 5 megapixels on cell phone cameras with small 1/3" ssensors. I have a feeling that HTC will include an ultrapixel camera with a sensor size of 1/2.3" and a resolution of 8 mega pixels on anew smart phone. Ultrapixel is a step in the right direction.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 20:51

85. Cellphonator12 (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


AMEN !

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 04:38 1

44. nazyr1803 (Posts: 91; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


maybe htc wanna come out with a new high end phone with 8 or 13 ultrapixel..is not easy to make a phone dude.... maybe for the next year the camera u want will be used for the next phone in 2014..... for me, htc one is only starting the heat...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:53 7

39. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


No Thanks
I love HTC phones, but will never buy one again ever for 1 good reason.

HTC abandon their phones after 8-12 months of release, then no more software updates, like they did with their Sensation line, none is getting jellybeans.

Here in Denmark
HTC ONE costs 1000$ to buy(32gigs)
So im not gonna waste 1000$ on a company that will not give me any software updates after 12 months.

What i dont understand is why no one mentions that, not gsmarena, not engadget not phonearena.
I mean this is the biggest factor in a phone, being supplied software updates for atleast 18 months.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 05:56 7

48. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


What are you just spamming every article with this sh!t?

Sensation is running better then any Galaxy SII...
If you want up to date software root and install a custom ROM.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:01 4

53. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


What is it with you people, if someone names the good sides you upvote him, if someones names the downsides which a lot of people are not seeing you down votehim and begin disrespecting!!

If HTC will release one flag ship per year and update it constantly for at least 18 months, i will buy one the next day, heck i love their design and UI.

But at the time being you cannot deny that Samsung which i hate their designs have better customer service and long term update and support, which makes more logic to invest money on a phone if your looking for long term update.

The general public dont know about rooting , AOSP, AOKP, CM like you and i, they relay on offical updates.

Please dont tell me the sensation runs better than the SGSII, cause that is so not true, My wife has a sensation and i have an SII, you cannot even compare the performance nor the battery life between these two.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:13 2

60. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


If Samsung updates their phones longer and better, please explain why the Samsung Droid Charge hasn't and won't receive the 4.0 update while the HTC Thunderbolt has it. There is one obvious example of HTC supporting a product longer than Samsung even though the phones launched at roughly the same time.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:57 2

73. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Long term Support ? Galaxy S Advance is still running on 2.3 Gingerbread.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 06:20 2

51. sintruder (Posts: 114; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


htc is releasing only one flagship this year.So the one won't have update issues since from now on they'll be releasing only one flagship per year.This makes it easier for htc to update there phones faster and for a longer period of time.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:42 20

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


All HTC needs to do now is make the damn phones. I might even consider an AT&T edition.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:06 3

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


Wow sacrifice Verizon already?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:57

30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I said 'might'. But even if I got an AT&T edition One, I would not be trading in my Note II.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 15:39

84. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Since you are waiting for the new htc one like me.
Here are some amazing pictures taken from an regular Htc one user.
after I saw these pics, I have been blown away.
http://www.mobile01.com/topicdetail.php?f=566&t=3288066&r=2&last=42865008

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:44 16

3. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


They just look like terribly focused pictures vs focused pictures...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:46 2

38. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yeah, sound like advertising hack.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:38 2

54. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Have you even read the article? It wasn't HTC who made that comparison it was a phone review website.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:45 12

4. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


great. I always hated HTC cameras. now, its really good in my opinion.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:15 4

61. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Camera on the DNA is excellent. I'd put it up against any camera on any phone here in the US.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 16:43

74. belovedson (Posts: 1000; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i dont know how you can make this comparison. i had a dna for two days. the battery was attrocious and the pics were excellent and another time blurry and out of focus

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:22

77. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Nokia 808 Pureview is available in the US too... How much you wanna bet against that?

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