HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7): Smart vs Optical Image Stabilization comparison

HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7): Smart vs Optical Image Stabilization comparison
On Monday, we went ahead and took the LG G Pro 2 and the LG G2 for a field test. The object of our curiosity? Optical Image Stabilization, and more specifically, whether the so called OIS+ on the new G Pro 2 was really as superior to the 'normal' OIS in the G2. The folks from LG promised 20% less shaky-hands-business, and after reviewing the tapes, we agreed -- the G Pro 2's OIS+ is, indeed, a step forward.

But what about of the still hot off the conveyor belt HTC One (M8)? The new flagship from the Taiwan-based company traded the OIS gizmos found in last year's One (M7) for a secondary camera whose sole purpose is to gather depth information, which, in turn, allows for some flashy tricks in the post-processing stage. The jury is still out on whether the involved R&D and manufacturing costs will be really worth the marketing gains, though we'll say this much: we are sad to see OIS go. Obviously HTC's PR team did try to push the notion that the One (M8)'s so-called "Smart Stabilization" rivals the OIS solution in last year's One:

Unfortunately, as you can see from the results of our test below, letting go of OIS has had a pretty detrimental effect on video capture on the move. Take a look.

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI
  • 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



23. kira_s unregistered

htc I can't believe you put such a rubbish camera on the m7 and said it performs just as good as the other flagship phones

22. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Meh, I'll take the clearer video anyday (M8). People bitch and moan about having clear pictures. Last time I checked I don't film most of my videos while walking around or in a car. I'm usually sitting or on foot, panning the camera at the object.

20. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Such a shame, especially considering the notable improvement in video picture quality....ugh.

14. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

M8 is brighter, cleaner, better..... and shakier.

11. satoofy

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

I think it's April Fool's own site phonearena

8. Achilis

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Video looks more crispy n detailed with M8, but definitely very shaky. with OIS it would have been a good video camera.

7. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I don't believe this kind of video... they are lying just as NOKIA did a while ago.

13. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Who is lying? the phonearena's author that took them for a test to show you that the new M8 is not better at video than the previous? I guess you just saw the title and jumped into the comments section without reading or seing the article... This is not an Ad from HTC... its the complete opposite.

6. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

i'm honestly shocked by the amount of improvement in details, it doesnt even look like the same camera. even though it is...

16. tbonezx11

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

It's not the same camera. They said it's the same "4MP Ultrapixel" but it's a different sensor than was in the M7, so it IS a different camera...just same resolution.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

As i said two three weeks before htc cameras are always crap and gimmicky. Its funny they neglect the image quality from reviews and still boast how not so great cameras they have. I remember last year them making an infographic bashing pureview and other camera technologies. Lol.

15. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

they say more megapixels is just a gimmick when htc one was announced. -but i remembered they sold a phone with 16megapixels after nokia n8 was announced.

4. HighTechToid

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Sort of a catch-22 I suppose judging by that video. You lose OIS, but the video is very clearly sharper and more detailed on the M8. To me, the shakiness - from your video - is not terrible though. OIS will be missed, though.

3. newbey123

Posts: 707; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

The wife and I have had ours almost a week and we don't notice any difference when using video. So for us the smart stabilization is just as good.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I gave my M8 back yesterday, I took video of my daughter playing and i noticed all the shaking. I didn't know OIS was missing till yesterday. That sucks. I just couldn't handle it. Its weird i love my first ONE but the M8 doesn't seem like a step forward to me other than the look cuz let me tell you this thing is sexy but i was expecting a little more. I guess i will have to try the S5. Come on LG wheres the G3.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Because S5 has OIS.......

12. express77 unregistered

it has larger sensor and htc acts like earthquake will destroy its buildings and factories if it give large sensor.

17. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

S5 DONT HAVE OIS ~ Do some research before said this ~

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Every hear of sarcasm, genius ? FYI, that 'genius' remark was a sarcasm.

19. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You may have to wait for the G3, 'cause the S5 no gots OIS. Or, try a Lumia ;-)

21. karkavelas

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

I think you just create negative stories about the phone because you are Korean lover (samsung, LG ).. I bet you don't have the phone and you don't have a daughter also.

1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Well at least everything looks more detailed, but OIS will be missed on video..

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