HTC One UltraPixel camera tips and tricks review

HTC One UltraPixel camera tips and tricks review
With the so-called UltraPixel camera in the HTC One the company went off the beaten path of increasing the megapixel count, putting a sensor with both larger than typical pixel size, and optical image stabilization for a double whammy at low-light and motion shots, which are traditionally the weakest point for smartphone cameras.

In our grand camera bash, the One did fine, but not the best job overall, especially in daytime shots, where the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 took the cake with sharper and more detailed photos most of the time. Where it shone in comparison, however, were low-light and night shots, as well as video stabilization, and only the Nokia Lumia 920, with an elaborate OIS system of its own, can rival it when the light goes down, and you don't have a tripod handy.

The HTC One, however, offers plenty of camera settings to tinker with, which can improve your shots beforehand, and a handy Auto Enhance feature to pimp them up afterwards, so check out these few tips in the slideshow below, and be patient, as the pics might take a while to load.

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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. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think the One is 2013s sleeper phone. The GS IV is going to make the sales, but I think the One is the better offering. Shame that it is not available on VZW.

10. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I think the One will do well, definitely not gs4 sales but a step in the right direction for htc. Word of mouth is pretty powerful and early reviews seem positive for the one.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The One is a gorgeous phone. It wins the premium feeling, it wins the design, it wins the camera (Ultrapixel). And yes, I agree with you, the One is the better offering. The Galaxy S4 only wins the benchmark, the features and the popularity of Samsung.

29. KennethP4V

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well for features u can use Apple's ideology to have both phones tie, use 3rd party apps to make up for any of the missing features. With that, im sure both phone pretty much equal out in term of features except for the airview and air gesture crap since that requires an extra sensor. But how big of a deal is that air whatever thing? My theory is, features are super similar, buy the phone that looks sexy.

33. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, for features we can use Apple's ideology to have both phones tie and use 3rd party apps to make up any of the missing features, I agree with you. But some of the (3rd party) features from the Galaxy S4, is not available at the Play Store and requires some sort of sensor.......

14. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

The young is a great phone and WILL be available available Verizon summer time. Dons say you got that from me though ;)

34. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

You should have talked about night mode! And how the ISO setting in night mode is turned down, to increase the shutter time, which in turn leads to much less noise and nicer pictures! Auto mode is for the "fastest" shots, having incredibly low shutter speed times with higher ISOs, while manual pictures can prolong these shutter speeds and decrease the ISO :)

3. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

No worries, a thorough camera comparison with night and indoor shots is coming :)

6. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Great! Hope it will include more about the technical side to things!

7. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

By the way, just wanted to say that I believe they are selling the experience more than anything :) Hence why they were so into ZOE and their microphone capabilities! Revolutionary camera hardware is still a few years away in my opinion, so they decided to make a better low light performer so that it will perform great all around, because people will want the best photos in any scenario! Which also ties into their social theme right now with blinkfeed etc, through surveys they believe that people use social networking more than anything, which doesnt even require more than 2mpx at max for FB or IG. No one prints off photos taken from their phone, so a sacrifice for stellar performance instead of less noise when zooming in only on daylight photos was a tradeoff they were willing to take. Just my opinion..

11. HussamAldean

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

is those picture taken with the latest update of htc one ?

12. FiddyPence

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Hopefully you guys include proper low light shots unlike the GS4 review where the low light shot was just an overcast day.

18. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I'm afraid it will be as biased as the last one

4. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Honestly after i saw a lot of camera comparison between Iphone 5, htc one, S4 and Nokia 920. I hate to say that cause i'm not Sam fan but S4 camera still better than htc one specially the 1080p video, but htc one still better than S4 at night video 1080p.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well if camera pics don't come out how you expect them to, there should be app available which should not be cheap but high qualty which lots you edit and add or remove aswell as photo editing: mean to say an app that costs$20 or more©

8. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Unavailable due to the fact that in order for apps to optimize cameras, they have to go in depth into the API which companies dont want them snooping around on. "at present the Android camera APIs simply doesn’t expose enough for third party camera apps to be very powerful."

16. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Well that's the HTC's camera and Zoe feature. It's better then photoshop, Snapseed and instagram combined ;)

9. FlushGordon unregistered

I can't believe why so many people are falling for this ultrapixel's nothing but a glorified pre 2010 camera technology

15. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I beg the differ. It's One amazing camera (pun intended) ;)

20. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Dude, you should do some study before you make this comment. Or maybe you just don't understand the photography technology? Do you want me to send you some links of how photography wroks?

26. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

So many idiots falling for this phone. There going to be angry and I will accept your thumbs down for now till you come back begging HTC for a refund. The hardware is good, the camera looks bad (view images in fullscreen on atleast 1080p screen), the battery lifeis junk, the metal is poor build quality, the phone runs very hot, the phone screen is beaten by the s4.

28. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Have you even used it? All reviewers are saying it has a great battery life and the buil quality is one of a kind. Plus the camera is actually pretty good, just not great. I haven't heard from the reviews that it runs hot so where is your information from?

30. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

When gaming the device uses so much battery that it drains faster than it can charge. To help "fix" this the software closes background apps without asking you to hide the fact that the thing is a battery hog.

37. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I did not know that. Interesting!

31. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Reviewers are sometimes persuaded by the company to give good reviews. If history is any indicator on this phone, it will be a p.o.s. Ask anyone that works for a cell phone company what phones get returned the most or have the most failures.

38. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yeah, but some reviewers seem honest. Thats just me.

17. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Those are some great photography tips. I will try some of those with my 808. I wish the 808 had the Continuous Shot mode though. Thanks for the post.

19. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Anandtech has already done a few tests Lumia vs one and when it comes to OIS Lumia wins hands down (for example at the film on the bridge where 920 superiority is so obvious that it needs no further explanation) Htc copied Nokia's idea and made it wrong. Typical.

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