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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115. dan_md

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2010

Most of the shots taken are near shots and macros with results that seem to be COMPARABLE. This is a minor accomplishment for HTC for indeed proving that one need not more pixels to get acceptable photos. The caveat? 4MP will suffer when taking distant shots, less pixels means less resolving detail that would result to grainy photos when cropped. IMHO, HTC should have gone for an 8MP module with a larger sensor (the same principle applied in DSLRs hence the better looking photos).

106. ghanemsam

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

HTC One is the clear winner

105. pitak

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

photo nokia 920 vs htc one vs nokia 808 htt p://

103. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Compare it against the 808 please!

98. preet27in

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

THERE U GO... HTC CLEARLY WINSS. a win win shows how ultrapixel affects the camera performance. now apple fanboys u should keep ur mouth shut.if not SEE THE PICTURES AGAIN!!!!!! . HTC BEST OF LUCKY. UR THE BEST

91. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Neither is all that impressive. HTC deserve all the crap they're getting from us Nokia fanboys.

89. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I realy like the results. The pictures are smaller, but I will not make a huge print of my phone's pictures. The exposure and colors are well balanced and the grainy in low (yet not so low) light are acceptable. It's not a revolutionary camera, but it is a very good camera! While the mobile phone industry uses 1/3 Inch sensors, I don't think any manufacturer will have much more quality than that... Better in one side, but worst in otherside. All in all, I think this HTC One is a really great phone! But I still want to see the battery life...

88. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol, what to expect, its victor H's article! compare it to lumia920 so that you could shut up your F U C K I N G MOUTH!!!!

90. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Yes, please Vic compare it to the 920 so this clown can shut up...

94. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

You need to be moderated. I

86. Siaw_Yong

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

That HTC One camera is awesome and that's just 4.3 MP.

79. OhSo3D

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

This is a bit off topic, but does anyone know if the HTC One supports wireless charging?

81. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Unlikely. It has a metal chassis which would make the whole phone a conductor.

77. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

im very happy when htc do camera since now but after 808.. tnx alot HTC.

74. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

iPhone 5 : I just got smoked by an Android Phone !

64. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Looks about the same, so I guess ultra pixels are not very ultra.

49. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I like the image of the girl from HTC... The brightness exposure is more pleasant to the eyes. However, if you look closer zooming, iPhone 5's image is more defined. This is tough, I mean, I don't often zoom in to find other people's pimples on a picture...

45. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Hey Victor H. just so you know, their is lumia 920 vs htc one comparison out on neowin as​?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

51. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

The link was already posted up above you. I would prefer seeing GSMArena's camera comparisons.

102. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Why? because the 920 wins?

114. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Apparently you're just blindly reading someone who probably is biased to write a good article. Take a good look at the pictures taken. HTC One's picture of the stage is much clearer than the 920. Don't comment just to make yourself feel good, despite how you feel, you still look like a fool. If you've seen GSMArena's comparisons then you'll know, they have the most unbiased reviews out of all sites, the most professional in my opinion.

27. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The chick shot of the One is probably done in HDR while the iPhone 5's is in normal mode, so it's not exactly a fair comparison. Looking at the details, the iPhone manages to capture more with slightly better color balance, but neither is spot-on. The thing you need to look at is the texture of the woman's cloth: it's a jagged on the One but quite sharp on the iPhone 5. The macro of the One is very impressive, I like the narrow DOF, details are fine too. Both kindergarten shots are pretty good too, the One uses a bit higher exposure, otherwise dynamic range looks similar. The One is slightly better in low light per color balance, while the iPhone 5 captures slightly more detail. Both are impressive. So far it looks like the One handles photography well, but I advice HTC to cut down noise reduction and use less jpeg compression for better details. Otherwise it looks good.

25. windroid unregistered

Seeing the pictures, HTC seems noisier, and iPhone captures more detail. Take a look at the women hair, the iPhone has much more detail.

50. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012


22. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Finally apple is out camera wise we can safely say that htc will dominate camera this year unless someone uses the same technology and improves on it

18. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yes I knew you guys would dig up the dirt on the camera samples of the HTC One. Please stay on this story as this will most definitely be my next phone IF Nokia announces another AT&T exclusive at MWC next week.(T-Mobile user here) As much as I love Windows Phone this may be the phone to get me to switch over to Android if the camera really does shine. I just need to see a battle between the One and the Lumia 920 before I make that decision.

13. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

14. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

damn nokia in low light shot

24. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Wow so I guess I may have to unlock a 920 and bring it T-Mobile if the final product version of the HTC One underperforms like it did here. Pureview is really amazing.

26. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

You should wait for mwc, new nokia devices are coming and at&t exclusivity will end soon.

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