HTC One vs Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5 picture and video samples comparison

HTC One vs Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5 picture and video samples comparison
HTC One strays away from the "more is better" megapixel mantra hammered in the customer perceptions, providing what it calls an UltraPixel camera, where the separate pixels are 2 microns, compared to the 1.4 micron buckets for light in the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5.

We snapped a few indoor photos at the MWC expo with the display HTC One unit, and then the same ones with Samsung's and Apple's finest. We won't comment on the quality, as there might still be work to be done on the One before it gets in boxes and onto retail shelves, but you can judge for yourself in the slideshow below.

Overall, the HTC One expo unit here snaps with less blur in the indoor lighting conditions, which can be expected given the larger pixel size and optical image stabilization mechanism inside, but let's wait for the final verdict when we get a retail unit, and we also get to compare it with the Lumia 920, which has smaller pixels, but sports a different OIS tech in its chunky unibody.

What is clearly noticeable right away, however, is that the output files from the HTC One are two to three times smaller than those from the 8 MP cams on the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III. Take a peek at the original shots and videos from the three devices below - they haven't been resized, so will take some time load.



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

So, when is PA going to get a production unit from HTC to test?

3. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

i love how the GS3 is still compared to every new phone comes out, and still gives it a competition !

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

GS III is still a relevant phone. It isn't at the top of the hill, but the GS IV is not long from re-taking that position.

11. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

they did it with the Z then , u bare with this too

20. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

sorry but one takes sooo better pic..s3 is good but for competitor in 2012. htc one is king 2013

22. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

GS3 is still being entitled as the phone of 2012, until s IV is out, many people will compare many devices with s3 and iPhone 5

2. kostas12ldb

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Not bad for 4MP!!! It actually seems that in the "NVIDIA" stand picture, the HTC is better than GS3! Didn't see THAT coming!

25. p5yb0rg unregistered

HTC > GS3 > iPhone5.

29. kostas12ldb

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Don't worry for your thumbs down, just some blind Samsungians...

4. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

We want Lumia 920 vs this one !

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They said they were going to compare it to the 920 in the 3rd paragraph...

15. No_Nonsense unregistered

The 720 vs the One (one sample doesn't quite say much) but HTC needs to work their asses off the deliver after blasting the 808, and not just merely hype anything. Check MyNokiaBlog.

6. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Seems like the HTC One is on par with the iPhone 5 or slightly less impressive, but better than the S3, not bad but not great either.

13. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

the iphone's shots were BLUE. That's highly un-impressive. That said, the One's shots didn't stand out as exceptionally better than the others, just marginally so. One of them looked a tad overexposed, but considering the dark situation, not bad (although may be better to take a slightly dark picture and fix it in post-processing than take an overexposed shot that when processed looks cheap or low-quality)

7. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

sorry to say but is there too much liggt in htc one's sample .............

8. kostas12ldb

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

It is the result of the "suspension" tech mounted on the HTC camera. Quite similar to the one in Lumia 920, but more simple (less axes). This results in extra exposure with less blur, thus collecting more light.

10. samsung_royally

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

HTC sucks again LMAO

12. allen83

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Not bad HTC they have really improve their camera this time around. A 4 MP camera compared to an 8 MP comparison surely many will react about that

14. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

the pictures are washed out and ove rexposed

16. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I agree that more & more megapixels on a Tiny sensor chip is a bad idea BUT 4 megapixels is just too small for zooming in, 8 megapixels should be the best on a LARGE sensor chip.

17. mydi.maus unregistered

not bad for a 4 mp htc.

18. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I have absolutely no faith whatsoever in phone arena conducting a fair test using the Lumia 920 as a reference handset. What you'll get are the usual dirty tricks employed by sites like the verge and gizmodo. ie. setting the focal point at some obscure object in the corner, selecting the worst photos of the bunch, using incorrect exposure and iso settings etc..

19. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I can already see by the time phonearena does the comparison against the 920 they will find a way to make it better then the 920. Compare it against the 808! HTC was the one's who took a cheap shot at Nokia saying that crap about more megapixels is sh*t! So put the One up against the 920 and 808 or are you scared Nokia will wipe the floor with HTC

21. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

one picture is very clear and real then iphone 5..iphone 5 has a more saturate but not as good as one in real color.

23. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

HTC one wins :D i like the details :D and im hoping that the rumors abt ",...amazing camera" of the galaxy s4 is true :D

24. cloud_atlas1991

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


26. droidluvngurl

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

What I'm trying to understand is why the WP fans are going so hard? So what if HTC took a dig at the Nokia cameras? If you're camera is better great, if the One is better, is that gonna make you switch to Android? Probably not. Going nuts over camera comparisons, I'll never understand. I want a phone's camera to take good enough pics for me to share via the web/social media whatever, and I want the phone to be an Android phone. If you want the same thing on a dif OS then so be it. Let's just chill out with the fanaticism already.

27. ghanemsam

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

htc one is the clear winner here it is simply the one

28. linas_ltu

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I really really hope that final unit of HTC one won't skip the frames on video!!! Please HTC, hear that. Thank you.

30. drone1212

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

I can see where HTC is going with this. Brighter lens (f2.0) and OIS showed their advantages here. Almost consistently, they result in faster shutter speed and less camera shake. The S3's f2.6 lens is showing its handicap in the fourth set of photos - camera shake. However, I do not see the advantage of the 4mpx sensor. If anyone zoomed into the fourth set of photos, one could see that the hair of the young man playing with the phone is all smeared - no details at all. The iPhone produced the best details here although with a touch more noise.

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