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Photographer puts HTC One’s camera to work: here are the results

Photographer puts HTC One’s camera to work: here are the results
We often criticize the HTC One for having a sub-par camera when compared to its competitors like the Samsung Galaxy devices or the iPhone, but you know that a good photograph is after all not as much about the camera, the megapixels, and the technical details, as it is about the story it tells and the message it sends.

To illustrate that, photographer Mahmoud Mfinanga who goes by the nickname emmazedphotog, showed that you can achieve a lot with the HTC One and enjoy using it along the way. Mfinanga actually praises the camera saying:

“The HTC One's camera is remarkably amazing. The f/2.0 aperture size really becomes useful in situations where your environment may lack a good amount of light.”

Admittedly, he does not like the interface, and we can whole-heartedly agree that digging up options can be quite a pain. Nonetheless, the photographs he captured are ‘remarkably amazing’, if we could quote the author himself. Take a look - all that’s used are VSCO Cam’s amazing filters and the HTC One's stock camera app.

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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:19 9

1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


Great pics but I think you need to be pro to get these results. As an average user, I doubt I can replicate them with the same artistry.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:26 1

3. neops (Posts: 204; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


+1 Can I zoom now to will?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:44 16

4. apexpredation (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


You don't necessarily need to be a professional, but you do need to know how to use your chosen equipment. This goes with any camera you choose.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:20 1

16. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Agreed...

I loved my Xperia Acro S camera after a couple of practice and basic photography interest... After learning to tweak metering, ISO, exposure, it is one of the best camera phones for its time...

But I admit that when I handed it to someone else that does not know how to use it, the results are usually disappointing (specially in low light)

I have compared my pictures to iPhone 4, 4s and 5, and I can get better results most of the time... except for indoor soft snaps, almost any other type of scene, including night landscape shots, the Xperia can give better results.

I have yet to use deeply newer devices, to compare fairly.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:20 5

2. mr.techdude (Posts: 555; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Lol they look better then my camera, or did he just spend hours tweaking with the pictures

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 06:18 1

11. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"Take a look - all that’s used are VSCO Cam’s amazing filters and the HTC One camera."
All these pictures were tweaked and enhanced with filters.
Nonetheless they look great.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:44

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1532; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Wide angle lens ftw!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 05:55 1

6. amro99 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


I doubt I could get this kind of results with a DSLR :)

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 22:00

23. emmazedphotog (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Original photographer here. Trust me, if you take the time and energy to, you can/will get better results than these images!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 06:04

7. roobs (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


Sorry I'm not a photography :S

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 06:49 1

12. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I don't think anyone could actually become a 'photography' :S Be a photographer ;)

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 06:06 5

8. sks1969 (Posts: 86; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


Photography is all about the person behind the piece of equipment not the equipment.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 06:06 2

9. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


he took a picture of the phone he should be taking pictures with lol. The htc camera is good but it doesn't compare to the Z1 or G2 and N3

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 06:51 1

13. mr.techdude (Posts: 555; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


As a matter of fact, the photos on the HTC one is above average but what puts it down to just 'above average' rather then excellent is the low resolution. If the HTC one had a 5 ultrapixel then HTC one will be one of the best.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:04 2

14. lukkiristi (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I really don't see the amazing quality about these photos when talking about the technical aspects. I mean, the person who took them obviously has some vision, but the photos themselves could have been taken with any mobile phone. They're not the kind of photos that truly show the capabilities of a camera. Since the photographer has an HTC One, these are pretty much the only kind of photos he could take without bringing out the camera's shortcomings.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:14 3

15. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 915; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Did you even read the article?

“The HTC One's camera is remarkably amazing. The f/2.0 aperture size really becomes useful in situations where your environment may lack a good amount of light.”

This is true as an HTC One owner, while other phones can only shoot with flash (ruining the photo) at night the One can shoot without flash photo 6 is a good example of that.

And are you blind or something? I saw a Nexus 5 and an iPhone 5/5S on the photos so i doubt the photographer hasn't touched other mobile phones.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:30

19. lukkiristi (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Never said he doesn't/couldn't use other phones. The article, however, is about photos taken with HTC One. By "other phones" you clearly don't mean Nokia, for example, whose phones take much better low-light photos (even without a flash).

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 22:01

24. emmazedphotog (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The Lumia 1020 is on my list of phones I MUST use in the near future!

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 12:41

27. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 915; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


My cousin bought one and to be honest im eagerly waiting to try it out, btw lukkiristi Nokias are on a league of their own :D

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:27

17. lukkiristi (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Woops.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:30

18. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Poor resolution photos. Needs more MPX and larger sensor size.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:30

20. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Well at least the photos don't have noise in the low light....but there is bad lack of detail in some photos like the one with the egg.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:32 2

21. R-vjn (Posts: 165; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Nice photo's.. Proving the fact that you dont necessarily need a great camera to capture great photos..

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 22:01

25. emmazedphotog (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Thanks!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 15:46

22. JEverettnow (Posts: 210; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


This paid article as well as grainy and completely edited photos brought to you by HTC.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 09:37

26. RandomUsername (Posts: 552; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Nice and all, but I want to zoom in in my photos without getting a pixelated mess.

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