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HTC One E8 vs HTC One M8: camera comparison

HTC One E8 vs HTC One M8: camera comparison

State of the Union

We likely don't need to tell you that HTC's choice to stick with a 4-megapixel camera for its flagship smartphone has been quite the controversial topic. According to the company, the One M8's larger, 2μm pixels are what makes the M8's camera great, though we never really agreed with them. Indeed, we continue to think that the One M8's camera lags behind all rival smartphones - the Xperia Z2, the Galaxy S5, the LG G3, you name it.

Recently, HTC announced the One E8 -- a near-identical, but plastic version of the One M8 with a different, more-orthodox 13-megapixel camera. We instantly saw an opportunity to put the two to the test in order to see what happens, and that's what we did.


Let's talk facts first. The HTC One E8 is equipped with a 13-megapixel, 1/3.06'' sensor with f/2.2 lens and a single LED flash that we found to be fairly impotent. The HTC One M8, on the other hand, goes for a different approach, as already mentioned, and instead makes do with a 4-megapixel "UltraPixel" Duo camera with a 1/3'' sensor, f/2.0 lens, and a two-tone LED flash.

ResolutionSensor sizeApertureFlashFeaturesVideo
HTC One E813MP1/3.06'' 4:3F2.2Single LEDDigital image stabilization, HDR, Panorama, Scenes1920x1080, 30/60 fps, HDR video
HTC One M84MP1/3'' 16:9F2.0Dual tone LEDDigital image stabilization, HDR, Panorama, Scenes, Duo Camera Effects1920x1080, 30/60 fps, HDR video

On the whole, we found that the One E8's camera is superior to that of the One M8, and pretty much across the board. In other words, while the amount of detail that is offered by the E8's higher resolution shooter is undeniable, its superiority extends to color reproduction as well. This applies to indoor photography, as well as outdoors during the day or night. Further still, this is despite the weaknesses of the E8's snapper, like the fact it consistently introduces a yellow fringe to photos and often underexposes snaps (so does the M8, by the way). In fact, even when the E8 stumbles, it usually is the case that the M8 itself stumbles too, and the two end up with comparable results that are simply inferior for different reasons.

A small saving grace for the One M8 is video capture, where it proves to be the better choice and produces footage that is noticeably more dynamic than the overly-murky clips the One E8 manages. Another advantage the M8 has over the E8 is its Duo camera setup, which allows you to get a bit more creative and capture some fairly decent bokeh photos, along with the M8's superior overall speed in snapping photos.

Want to see for yourself? Go right ahead and make sure to vote at the bottom!

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Which has the better camera?
HTC One E8 73.51% (799 votes) (799 votes)
HTC One M8 26.49% (288 votes) (288 votes)

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posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:01 3

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Um, I'd go E8 in a heartbeat over M8.
YMMV of course.

Now, make the E8 in black soft touch matte finish like old OneXLs, and you've a sweet phone again HTC.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:25 1

3. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

me too, and they priced it right

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 01:22

15. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

The butterfly 2 solves all this-http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/31/kdd-htc-j-​butterfly/

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:33 7

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

HTC purposely made this E8's camera bad or inferior than other 13MPs. To show M8's camera is better.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:15 4

5. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Yeah they used the same sensor as the One Mini 2 on the E8. It's poor on their part cause despite having good phones they will end up being synonymous with crappy cameras. The M8 simply cannot compete with current flagships, in fact it can't compete with 2013 and 2012 flagships. Ultrapixel are a nice gimmick but they should put a great 13 or 16MP camera and they will have the best all around phone

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:55

22. AizazAli1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2014)

haha.. you dont even know m8 cam.. its superb duperb cam. better than s5 and xperia z3.
dont misguide people. People love m8 cam. your comments cant misguide them but if u try to misguide them they will say you an .........

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 19:19 1

12. Siapaya (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)

gimme m8 with 13mpx camera, lol

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:42

4. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

both are bad but i would go with e8 because of more detail rest could be improves with snapseed noise would still be a problem . phonearena should have included the pictures of actual scene also.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:43

6. Noble_One (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

I could be wrong but part of me feels like the 4mp ultapixel nonsense is masking a cost cutting measure...why else would they knowingly put a better sensor in the lower production cost handset?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 12:02 1

9. CyberFalcon (Posts: 223; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

my thought is they had too many ultra pixels in stock that s y they had to use the same bs in their new phone.

any ways HTC said that it ll upgrade to a new camera next year...
so i am eagerly waiting for it.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:59 1

7. Cesar (Posts: 140; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

you need to clean the lens before taking a photo

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 11:16 1

8. anthonio360 (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 May 2011)

If there is any reason why I dislike d HTC one m8 it's d use of the ultra pixel, this useless ultra bull***t was meant to take good piks even @ low light but it ends up having the worse piks @ low light & worst @ bright light.
Am a good fan of the HTC but I think I've got 2 stick to my HTC ONE m7 until the HTC ONE m9 is out with a better camera tech

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 12:19 5

10. jellmoo (Posts: 2040; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Up next, PA pits the camera of the M8 up against a potato. Finally a fight the M8 can win, or is this spud full of surprises?

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 00:23 1

14. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


posted on 30 Jul 2014, 18:24

11. Adi87 (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)

They are using the same strategy which apple used by launching Apple 5c alongside 5s..!!!

In order to prove that M8 is much superior quality phone..!!! (The truth)

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 20:06

13. Rain017 (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)

i think m8 is better its just that its struggles with direct light or sunlight exposure but over all i find htc one m8 better colour reproduction clarity and even low light shots its just that it tends to be grainy the camera of e8 has better detail but aside from that nothing more

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 05:59

16. dimitrisantoniou (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)

Well, we can say that the resolution of the ulrapixel camera is tragic but we can't say that the one m8 isn't a great camera phone. It is better than the e8 as it has a more bright camera, it packs a great duo camera effect and I think that the e8 is a great cameraphone but m8 is much better.

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 07:34

17. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

They should have made the 13mp+2mp for quick focus etc on the rear, then the 4UP for the front facing cam. That way they still can get rid of that 4UP stock

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 03:02 2

18. noods78 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)

with the utmost respect and trying to be totally professional here but I've been reading your updates since the HTC One m8 was released. now compare overall performance & htc is the powerhouse I've compared it with the Samsung Galaxy s5 also with the LG g3 I'm a big LG fan & was hoping to go with the G 3 but due to the QHD screen it seems to lag a bit in performance up close and personal against the HTC One m8 as the galaxy s5 stands behind the pack.I don't know why but your site has held a prejudice against HTC and has knocked there devices any chance they get you stand opposite to every other site that I read even looking at your camera comparison what to e8 vs m8 I see that you zoomed in more for focus with the E8 shoots from a further distance with the M8. please give us unbiased results take a look at what defines the ultrapixel & some of the features HTC included with there camera, why no mention of any of this? play around with the m8 check the user interface see how it plays games streams movies compared to these other devices now if you're a big big camera guy and that's why you buy your phone you're probably better off with a different one. But I don't think you have ever spent a day with the HTC M8. Cause if you want an all out powerhouse second to none in performance HTC M7 & M8 can't be touched not until the QSD 805 comes out but then HTC will be prepared for that also I really like your site enjoy reading your updates on pretty much all the phones but please try to be a little more honest with the results don't manipulate your fans to follow your winner. take a look at other sites HTC One m8 is still number one on 8 out of 10 sites out there by users and expert choice & I can back all this up with comparisons to prove this right here at Fandroidtechs.blogspot.com

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:54 1

19. Rain017 (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)

yeah i agree i used z2 for 13days but its kinda laggy and tends to overheat and forced closed the camera app happens if you take a lot of pics. i changed it to M89returned it to my carrier) at first i thought that the camera sucks but when i used it reviews coming from other sites esp. PA is blows out of proportion they focus so much in detail they haven't even manually set up the settings and save it as a custom then try to use the camera again the detail could have been better but the Ultrapixel and the lowlight shots are one of the best I've seen its not perfect but few tweaks can alter some problems such as Over exposure or Under exposure in the broad daylight

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:28

20. tusharxxx (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)

Here, E8 is getting some yellow tinge(I haven't used the phone so don't know).......
And M8 is getting noticeable blue tinge (which is not present in my asian M8 , it might be your device's specific problem or may be difference in settings)
And my M8 captures decent pics when shown on its own screen.........People having GS4 always take my M8 to take photos.......It's way better on its own screen.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 11:22

21. alexvv (Posts: 165; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)

the problem was not the ultrapixel camera solution itself but the fact that it needed more mp, at least 7 or 8 and a good ois. but htc refused to answer. it's still a camera which is better than most in low light.

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