First real HTC One UltraPixel camera samples pop up (video)

First real HTC One UltraPixel camera samples pop up (video)
A few improvised photos have been snapped during the HTC One unveiling festivities yesterday, and with the phone itself at that. So far we only had the company's promo shots, which looked good, but promotional pics are usually done in the best of circumstances, so real-life shots are what counts.

The One units at the event are likely non-final, yet the quality of the UltraPixel camera software on such pre-release devices is usually pretty close, if not the same, as the retail ones, so from the pics below you can get a decent impression about the phone's low-light capabilities. The shots come out at 2688x1520 resolution, or 4 MP 16:9 format, which, unless you are going to print out billboards, is more than enough for the typical usage.

Just like with the Lumia 920 and its own optical image stabilization, bright areas seem a tad overexposed when it's darker around, as the phone soaks much more light than your typical handset in these scenarios. There is also some noise and detail is on the average side - overall not groundbreaking, but pretty decent performance coming from what is perhaps a non-final unit. The optical image stabilization, however, will help avoid blur in the photos, which very often results when something moves in low-light scenarios with other smartphones.

Have a look for yourself in the slideshow below, where the HTC One samples are compared to similar frames taken with the Nexus 4. There is also a Full HD video taken with the One, which thanks to the OIS system inside looks very stable, though the continuous autofocus wanders around quite a bit. 

We can't wait to take the final retail unit for some real-life photography, but one thing is for sure - the UltraPixel camera is a definite advancement before every module HTC has put in its phones so far.

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  • Display 4.7 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
    HTC Sense UI



42. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

great quality for a phone

41. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Details is not that good

39. apawar71

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Lol! High ppi Display and a low mp cam unit. Where is HTC going?

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nexus 4 isn't really a good measuring stick since even the One X has a better camera.

35. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

What I don't get is why go for the hard sell on 4 mps? Okay, megapixels don't matter, that's cool. But non-PA readers aren't getting that message. If it really doesn't matter, make it an 8 ultra pixel sensor and cram all that new technology into it so when the general public compares it to their current device. The average consumer wanting a better camera than their current 5mp camera will most likely not even give this 4mp or up camera a second look base that misconception of higher mp equals higher quality.

34. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

acceptable for a phone in my eyes, and as for the first comment, the iPhone 4S and the 5 have the same camera, they just decreased size for the 5. Just saying. Also, I don't see anything wrong with the One pictures, they seem fine. You want professional looking pictures, get a Nokia PureView 808, or an actual point and shoot camera.

33. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

I expected a lot.. and I'm disappointed

31. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

What is up with all those troll. So everyone on here is a expert on photo.

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No need to be an expert when they're this obviously bad. My dear grandmother with her cataracts could see these are bad.

30. cloud_atlas1991

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'm still looking for a phone that could replace my Sony Xperia X10i (which has been with me for more than 2 years). But I don't think this would be the One.

29. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Wow... Iso burn all over the image.

27. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I thought it was supposed to beat 808 and 920? looks average.

25. windroid unregistered

Are those the fantastic down-sampled photos of the HTC One?!? They are full of noise I just can’t imagine how they would come out if taken on full resolution...

23. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

yeah... blah, blah, blah.. you'll get the tests and you'll see...

19. louiemapa

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

I think my 3310 takes better photos than this. XD

17. yero789 unregistered

As I see compared to Nexus 4,there is no real difference,I mean it is the same photo quality,not something new.Just my opinion!

16. jove39

Posts: 2152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Htc one pictures are for sure better than Nexus4...when viewed at 100%

13. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

i dont see any special thing about this ultrapixel gimmick from HTC... and also video quality is average....

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Looked at these and some more under proper lightning, and I'm not that impressed. Maxed out at 4MP, they should look pixel sharp, as a matter of fact, you put 920 or iP5 samples next to them (resized to 4MP) and they look slightly sharper. I notice quite a bit noise reduction which is the reason behind the Xperia Z's disappointment, I prefer the results untouched by SW. But I love the pre-buffer technology, makes a lot of sense, and the HDR tech on both sides comes handy, so it's perfectly tolerable. So why don't results blow away competition? Because, ironically, when HTC says megapixels don't count, it applies to them too: no matter if the sensor has 4mil large or 13mil small pixels, if it's the same size as the rivals, results will be decided by sensor tech and not pixel count, and the sharpest results of any technology over 4, 8 or 13MPs is still produced by (thumbs down coming) the iPhone 5. The Exmor RS has potential too as some of the Chinese manufacturer's samples look very sharp at full 13MP, but I fear the sensor tech is the same for the HTC that was featured on the DNA, and it doesn't matter if it's has larger pixels capturing just 4MPs, same sensor will result in same overall sharpness (resized to a certain resolution obviously). Still want the phone.

14. Kalevro

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Didn't Sony make Apples' camera sensors. I think the camera team just configured the lenses on the iPhone 5 but still can't argue with your fact.

18. yero789 unregistered

Yes that's right,Sony makes Apple's camera sensors,but I like Nokia's Carl Zeiss camera sensors too,they produce natural colors in photos.

22. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Hopefully Sony can squeeze more juice out of that Exmor RS with some software tweaking

11. Kalevro

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

They brought more light into the pics but maybe they would have had sucess if the camera sensor was in the above average zone, like maybe in the more memorable 8 to 10 megapixels zone. They do it like Sony, HTC. Bringing in imperfected technology.

9. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

The iPhone 4S/5 has a backlit sensor with 1.4 micron pixels. The Nokia N8, with its 12MP sensor, 1.75 microns. The Nokia 808, with its proprietary 41MP sensor, virtual pixels of 4 micons at 5MP output and 3.2 microns at 8MP output. In all of these cases, the resolution is superior to what has been revealed with the HTC One. Sure, the larger pixel approach gathers more light per pixel. Coupled with OIS, this should result in solid low light performance. Unfortunately, it seems to sacrifice in other areas, such as excessive noise. Nokia's Pureview on the 808 has taken noise literally out of the equation...or mostly in most circumstances. The HTC One is not even close.

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I don't want to judge from the images and videos above but I'll just wait for the review...

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

the camera has alot of bokkeh....looks good

15. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012


7. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

nothing is average camera.....

6. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

sorry to say but it is just average camera.....

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011


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