HTC Titan II camera samples - how the 16-megapixel photos look

HTC Titan II camera samples - how the 16-megapixel photos look
The HTC Titan II has an impressive camera resolution - it is not 8-megapixel, nor is it 12-megapixel. It's actually the impressive 16 (sixteen) megapixels! It produces pictures with resolution of 4640 x 3480 pixels - WOW. However, as we always say - resolution is not everything. Actually, the bigger resolution is helpful only once you need to print in bigger size. Or when you want to crop a small part of the image and zoom it. What we really care about is the actually quality. 

During CES 2012, we had the chance to snap some sample photos with the HTC Titan 2. We've taken them at the full 16 megapixels and we share them with you here. For comparison, we've used a 12-megapixel point-and-shoot camera (Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS). 

So what is the result like? GREAT. Check it on your own. Still, we should note that we'd have liked it more if indoor shots were a bit better. We're eager to review the Titan II so we could take pictures in various conditions, and see how it performs. But we have something really good here. 

*Note that the unit that we used to take these samples may not be a final, retail one. What this means is that the Titan 2 may be even better once it hits the shelves

Now, compare these to a pocket point-and-shoot 12-megapixel Canon:

(Please excuse us for the wrong date stamped on these...)

So, what do you think? Are you impressed? Did you expect more? What do you like and dislike? 

To learn more about the smartphone, check out our HTC Titan II Hands-on

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Titan II
  • Display 4.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16GB
  • Battery 1730 mAh(4.30h talk time)



1. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

Not too impressed with these. It's too bad too, I really wanted it to be great.

2. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

at least are better than the canon's camera

3. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Looks like the colors may be better and not so bright and washed out, but hard to tell any more in the resized photos...that even at their full size could be considered thumbnails of a 16M image. Photos are very blocky, would need real resolution to compare. Should have had 4-6 in full resolution instead of 16 that don't really compare anything but brightness.

4. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

The images are in their original resolution. Once you click an image, it will open the popup gallery. In it, use the zoom navigator to zoom to 100%.

5. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I wonder who makes the lenses for HTC phones? I have always noticed the photos taken with the phones turn out darker than say iphone or Galaxy S2.

6. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

another s**t "high end megapixal" camera phone. why don't they just give a like a real quality optic carl ziess 5 megapixel or something instead of some fake megapixel count. a high megapixel count is so over rated. i don't think most people even look at the number of megapixels anymore. they just look at reputation of known quality camera makers. when i think of quality camera phone pictures, usually sony and nokia come to mind. hopefully the new sony announced today will not let us down with the "12" megapixel. that is our last hope for great camera phones coming out the first half or 2012.

9. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

troll? or just a crybaby...

15. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011


7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Great camera and probably a great phone,just such a pity the wp os will cripple it sales wise. We've sold about one of the Htc titan in my shop,nobody wants it because of the os.

8. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

The way I interpret your comment is that for sales people you guys aren't too good selling. But that's my impression of your comment. I would find it more credible had you said you sold two. :)

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i sold 3 HTC Radars over the weekend. Granted I sold every WP7 that was sold this weekend, but it was slow at our location. You cant sell the titans? come on!! :) BTW, that nokia 710 is darn nice for a "cheap" smartphone. Makes me wanna get my paws on the 900.

11. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Come on HTC. Invest in good lenses for your smartphone. Even the dinosaur N8 is brutally better than this. The sample may be equal to I4s but it lacks clarity and depth.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Not being an hater here because this DOES look like a nice phone but COME ON. People rip on Android for releasing successor phones every month and look at this. This IS the same phone with just an upgraded camera. And judging based on those photos, they look nice but they aren't mind blowing and I can bet you they won't be when the final product is released. Another fail is the fact that Windows Mobile 7 is restricted to 720p only. You might not care but it's still a fail IMO when you have a monster of a 16 megapixel camera that can't even record to 1080p. Honestly, same processor, same windows UI, same screen resolution(480 by 800 on a 4.7 inch display YIKES).

17. Damien_666

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Wake's not a windows mobile. It's a Windows Phone 7.5

13. flopjoke

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

Alright. Pretty good. But again.. trying to trick people here. 16 MP in a phone? Totally not necessary. How many people actually take pics on a phone to PRINT or zoom and EDIT? To be honest, compressing an image of 16 MP down to 2 MB size is like buying a Lamborghini then driving it in sand. DSLR cameras justify the high megapixel count because of a huge sensor. Phone cameras? I think 8MP is enough. It's a smartphone. Supposed to help you in "daily activities", not make you pretend to be a professional photographer. HTC Phones also look a tad ugly. However, Windows Phone 7.5 actually looks very good on bigger screens.

14. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

HTC cameraphones still have the problems of purple hue and oversharpen but nonetheless they are still pretty good cameraphones. in my opinion, the camera quality should be Nokia>Sony>Samsung>HTC>LG (not to say Iphone because the lens is from Sony) i am more looking forward for the photo from Lumia 900

16. jasongohjr

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

Some colours are juz not as vibrant as the 12mp shooter...

18. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

It's great, has a good quality...not a 16 MP quality though :/

20. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

it's pretty good

21. MotorolaandSamsungFTW

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

hey everyone take a look at the motorola xt928

22. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1254; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Idk why people complaining. Looks good to me.

23. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

i dont know if i heard wrong, but i thought it was not how many mega pixels, but the quality of the lens? So it could have 50 mega pixels but the image quality would still not compare to a camera with an inferior lens...

24. Michael1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

I think most of the people here commenting never even bothered to look at the pictures in detail. They just assumed that because it's a phone it can't be any good. If they took the time to go to the picture viewer and put their mouse over the picture on the upper left, they would have seen a magnified version of their mouse location on the right. They could have compared the same picture between the HTC and Canon. There is no doubt that the Titan II has more resolution in the photos than the Canon camera. I looked at Palm tree branches, telephone wires, signs, etc. In every case, the Titan was clearer. It was darn impressive! I would say that the exposure level could use some improvement, but that's a software fix. This thing's got some potential.

25. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Titan II vs N8 vs Ion. Actually, don't even bother, we all know the N8 is going to win.

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