HTC One HDR video samples surface

HTC One HDR video samples surface
With the UltraPixel camera on the new HTC One, it is all about quality over quantity. Because it isn't how many megapixels you have at your disposal, it is how good they are at capturing light accurately. That's why the latest flagship by HTC, despite having a sensor of "only" 4 megapixels, will be a shooter worthy of rivaling today's high-ends since the overall image quality will be more than adequate, or at least that's what its maker is trying to convince us.

Yet the HTC One has one more trick in its repertoire – the ability to capture high dynamic range video (a.k.a. HDR). That's a feature present on only a handful of smartphones (the Sony Xperia Z being one of them), which should allow both the dark and the light areas within an image to be exposed and reproduced more accurately. But does the footage look any better? Well, the first HDR videos taken with the HTC One are already online for the world to see. Feel free to check them out and if you like what you see, why don't you let us know down in the comments? 

source: Phandroid

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  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. SK_007

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Wow the quality is absolutely fanstastic!!!!

5. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Looks okay, nothing more and the OIS does not do the job right.

11. SleepingOz unregistered

Well, at least they didn't fake the vids..

16. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Quite a few refocusing, I hate that. Seen some 4MP samples too, they look fine but not spectacular. 8MP results of the iPhone 5 or Lumia 920 or 13MP of the OF5 resized to 4MP look sharper and more detailed. As of now - and I'm always getting crap for this - the iPhone 5 stills looks to be the best all-around performer. Sharper than the 920, S3 or Xperia Z, wider dynamic range than the Samsungs, 2nd only to the Lumia 920 in low light, very little refocusing during video. It does suffer from the purple effect at certain angles, but of 100 pictures took by all, Apple would get the most top results. Still waiting for outdoor photo samples, but I like the fullres picture taking abilities while recording as well as the advanced photo burst mode and the OIS. For the naked eye the results, just like the Z suffer from heavy noise reduction, the OF5 uses less and performs much better, I'd love to have raw untouched results captured.

23. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

no but they fooled fools like you to believe that theior camera will be something more than a decent crap.

13. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

The image quality is great. We cannot judge the effectiveness of OIS without knowing how was it shaked. One thing I can easily recognize is focusing problem with HDR video, the same problem as Xperia Z

12. Feanor

Posts: 1417; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Sorry, but we already knew that higher resolution means smaller pixels and thus less bright pixels. But still the manufacturers were trying to find a middle path between good resolution and good light intake. Of course going back to 4MPx makes each pixel bigger, that's probably what was happening to older cameraphones too. I suspect a marketing gimmick here.

17. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Nobody seems to have noticed the audio quality. The video quality is okay, nothing spectacular. But the AUDIO is GREAT! Finally an Android with auto-adjusting mic levels that doesn't always sound like s**t.

20. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

True, it performed very well under noisy conditions. The the stereo speakers will beas good and the battery life will be kept under control, it'll be a damn hard phone to beat.

2. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Sky was blown out...that was HDR? Maybe I'm confused about how it should have looked, anyone want to fill me in?

7. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

dunno, but if thats how much bokeh they will have with their camera then ill be damned...

3. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

want OIS comparison between Nokia 920 And HTC One... Let's see what an ultrapixel can do...

4. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

I like the end of the 3rd video, were you shooting the phones she had in her hands or the goodies on her chest?

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Why not both?

6. sssaaajjjiiiddd

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 19, 2013


9. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So far so good. Maybe the only thing which was a little annoying was that continuous auto-focus which was mostly not-steady and a lot of focusing can be seen throughout the videos. Yeah, I know that's the part of that optic image stabilization but at the end it seams like it ruins the video a little bit. Maybe its just me or maybe those units are for presenting only so they have some bugs and glitches but the real footage is yet to come so we'll see. Good luck HTC, wish you all the best! P.S. STOP comparing this camera with the Nokia's 808 camera! If you want a bulky phone with DEAD Symbian than you might consider of getting 808 if the camera is soooo important. Lossless zoom needs HQ lenses and that means BIGGER lenses and in camera department the bigger is mostly the better so HTC managed to improve the camera as much as possible (for now) in such a thin device (yes, 9.3 mm is thin enough) so stop complaining on that.

24. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

so much butthurt...that's sad, dude

10. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

I thought it was going to be mind blowing. Not really that great I guess. Certainly good though. They should provide the option to deactivate continuous AF. it's stupid. should worry more about stabilization.

14. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

parkour ftw

15. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The video looks really good, and the sound is among the best I've heard from a phone; but I don't like the constant auto focusing.

18. JulianGT

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

The best cammera in a phoe right now is the one in the Nokia 808 pureview

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

can't beat my nokia n8............and specially never beat NL920 and of course king of camera NOKIA 808 - 41 MP..........!!!

21. mydi.maus unregistered

first video,chics were awesome htc one not bad!..

22. f1r3z0r

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

well the video is good but no better than the girls especially the right one

25. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

i was hoping that the videos will be good, stable, more details but turns out to be the false... video is not that sharp... OIS isnt stable enough like the L920... its a fail HTC... hope it wont be like this in the final product...

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