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.

Story timeline

Related phones

One (M8)

PhoneArena Score:


User Score:

  • 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

PhoneArena Score:


User Score:

  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop 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


Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless