HTC One camera compared with Apple iPhone 5: more samples surface

HTC One camera compared with Apple iPhone 5: more samples surface
The HTC One is a radical departure from the megapixel wars, focusing on the important metric of pixel size instead of just blindly increasing the pixel count, and this is a welcome change in the smartphone industry.

The biggest advantage of the HTC One are its UltraPixels, a marketing term HTC uses to refer to the 2.0-micrometer pixels on the device, significantly larger than the ones on competing cameraphones like the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia Lumia 920.

And while we are eagerly anticipating the device at our offices to start snapping and bring you a detailed camera comparison with real samples from it, CNET Asia got one early and show us the first comparison shots between the HTC One and the Apple iPhone 5.

We have to warn you, though, that the shots were captured on a pre-release version of the HTC One with non-final software, so the images might improve in the final version.

There are a few general notes that we want to make about the images. It is clear that using a 4.3-megapixel camera on the HTC One translates into less fine detail in most images, but remarkably the sensor captures much more light and the images two to three times smaller in size, varying from 600KB to 1.7MB depending on the conditions. In most images, the difference between the two is clearly visible and we could almost instantly say which image is taken on the HTC One and which one was on the iPhone 5 since the HTC One had the more natural looking colors, capturing more light in underlit conditions.

We’ve reposted their images with some commentary right below, but for the full coverage feel free to check out the original article at the source link below.

source: CNET Asia

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1. lee480 unregistered

HTC wins!

19. wendygarett unregistered

Zoe : Apple sucks :p

46. Boreni

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

iphone 5 photos look better!

93. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I beg you to go see eyes doctor IMMEDIATELY and also drop by to see Psychiatrist PLEASE!

99. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Read the article before commenting.. Dont juz go blabbering anything,, the first picture itself declares HTC One as winner

54. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That is the best, and smartest, thing you have ever said :-P

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Of course it has to! Wouldn't make sense if, with all the 'Ultrapixel' and 'OIS' features, iPhone 5 still beats it. Point to note though...except for the low light shot, iPhone 5's result is still very well comparable.

55. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

You can not talk yourself out of this. HTC One is takes significantly better pictures than your iPhone.

84. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

My iPhone????'re new aren't you?

87. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

yup, just wait for iP5s or 6 ... apple will come with new stuffs for their camera.

100. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Of course.. Apple will copy HTC One's ultrapixel technology... Like they copied Notification Bar from Android.. And copied Widgets from Android & Weather widet from HTC Sense.....

107. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

oh please, apple don't need that ultrapixel tech. they'll come with something better like they always do. unlike htc that take iphone 5 back cover, slap a screen on it, and call it the 'one' . and about widget, its already exist on mac osx long before android even there...

108. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

iOS is sooo 2007. Well, IP5 have a regular Sony sensor, nothing to be excited for. Nobody cares about os x, Windows are on a completely different level, and Android will take on the X86 market.

110. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

are you stupid or what? i only use that mac osx as a reference that apple already has widget long before android even exist.

111. Jonius

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Unfortunately, Linux had widgets long before Mac has them! And starting to comparing PC OS features to Mobile OS features means you already lost it!

112. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

oh please, linux has 'widget' after apple put it on their dashboard. don't kid yourself. and i'm not comparing PC OS and mobile OS. i just had enough people spreading BS and saying iOS copy android widget. as if apple don't/never have any widgets on their sleeve.

52. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

HTC winning me little by little still waiting for what the S4 going to bring to the table, hard decision ZL x ONE x S4.

53. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

LMAO! So HTC One beautiful design, but not only fail in making it with removable battery and Micro SD slot. HTC One 4 Ultra Pixel truly eats dirt. I can not wait for HTC announcement on they're 2nd and 3rd earnings. I'm positive it will be a BIG FAT FAIL once again. I am so glad, this will be a swift kick in the nut to HTC. Teach them a lesson to give the Android community what they want. If we wanted a phone with non removable battery and Micro SD card. I would of bought an iCrap (iPhone). LMAO!!!!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The HTC One gives you the option of 32GBs or 64GBs in storage. I don't know what the US carriers will offer but that's a lot better than just 16GBs like on their older devices.

95. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Wtf... OK. So what if someone wants an android phone with a good amount of internal storage but no SD? Shouldn't that be an option? I actually prefer no Sd but enough internal storage since SD memory can definitely slow down a phone. I've had some bad experiences. Don't assume the whole Android community wants one thing. Oh, and apparently you just want less choice of you want HTC to go out of business.

2. TheKookiemonster007

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

HTC camera looks great !

60. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

dont say htc win say apple s*ckssssssss.........

72. stealthd unregistered

Get a life, fanboy

3. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

we want Lumia 920 vs HTC One ~ ! btw htc one is the winner here

56. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

There already is one on another site (the name escapes me) you can search for it. It only includes 3 pics which range from overcast to complete darkness. The Lumia 920 dominated in all three photos with clearer details and much less noise. There is, however, a disclaimer about the One possibly using unfinished processing software, etc, but from those pics the Nokia was the clear victor. Edit*** here is the link:​-nokia-lumia-920

75. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

that article can no longer be found. coincidence? i wonder.

104. louiemapa

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

its there, i just checked it, maybe google it

4. rishabh_2795

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Finally an Android smartphone beating iPhone in the camera quality!! Been waiting for it for so long!!

31. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

it's not the first time an Android phone beats an Iphone in camera performance

37. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You reeeeeeeeeeally have to be a fanboy to say that.

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