HTC U11 first camera comparison versus the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6

After making weird and not-at-all successful experiments with smartphone cameras in the past, HTC is making sure its new flagship does not skimp in this vital area. The HTC U11 arrives with a 12MP main camera that has a really large F1.7 aperture, DualPixel autofocus, 1.4μm pixels that sound rather promising for low-light performance, and optical image stabilization as a cherry on top. You read that right, there is no laser autofocus aboard as HTC has opted for the DualPixel autofocusing technology.

Hardware-aside, HTC wants to woo wanna-be smartphone photographers by throwing in Pro mode with RAW format support, HDR, a panorama mode, Hyperlapse, slo-mo video (120 fps @ 1080p), 4K video recording with 3D Audio and Acoustic Focus.

So, how does all of this compare against two of the best Android cameraphones out in the wild, the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6?

Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are twelve thousand words laid out for your eyes only:

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1. tyrion_lannister unregistered

HTC U11 actually seems better than S8. That tiny sensor with tiny pixels on G6 falters pretty bad in low light though.

5. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Yeah... Main sensor is the same of Xperia XA 2016

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Very true.

23. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I'll wait for full resolution files rather than 3MP ones, but the metering is much improved on the HTC, overall similar to the S8 (sometimes better, sometimes worse). And indeed even at these small sizes the LG6 lacks miles behind in terms of detail and quality of NR.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Vastly improved from the 10. Excellent selfie cam. Wish they didn't remove the headphone jack and the metal chassis :(

7. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Getting rid of the headphone jack is a stupid choice, no matter which company does it. Many of us have lots of pairs of high quality 3.5mm headpones that work perfectly...we shouldn't need a separate cable connected to our phone just to use them.

9. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I'm not buying only cuz it have AMOLED display. why HTC can't put AMOLED display

28. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Amoled isn't a must-have anymore. Modern LCD's are as good as and have better longevity. I'm very happy with the ips screen on e.g. the Honor 8. The loss of the 3.5-jack is much worse. The stupid companies don't realise that the jack is also used for connecting to car- and home-audiosystems.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Stupid trend tbh. I miss the metal chassis so much as every oem now seems bent on going that route for whatever stupid reason and as for the headphone jack, i have no words to start describing how i feel on that one.

3. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow it looks very good!

4. shield

Posts: 888; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

1. U11, 2 G6, 3 S8.

6. ijuanp03

Posts: 685; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Wow! Impressed with the HTC U11. I can't say it's way way better than the S8 or G6 but you know that it IS an excellent camera phone.

16. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

so does this have stereo speakers?

19. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

sort of, it has dual speaker setup and supposedly the whole phone acts like a speaker chamber.

8. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I can honestly say that for the first time in three years...I am interested in an HTC device. Design wise, it's a bit meh...but that squeezable frame just looks like such awesome, innovative tech. The possibilities of what you can do with a pressure sensitive frame are endless. Let's just hope HTC actually delivers, and doesn't just use the squeezable frame for the most basic of things that could be done easier by just tapping the screen.

10. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

fully agreed. It's been a long time since the HTC Hero, Desire, Desire HD.. and now for the first time i'm interested again (design doesn't still really push any buttons yet for my likings...)

14. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You really do like that feature? Dont know why i don't. Maybe i might do after some time tho.

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

It is thesame mistake i feel apple made with 3d touch. Excellent tech with immaculate execution but used for the most basic and easiest of things (when it should be the other way round) and that makes it an aftertaught imo. Htc should learn from that.

20. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

3D Touch is useless any way you slice it. The jury is still out in the squeeze but since it's glass and everyone uses cases, I think that idea is done too.

26. AnnDroid

Posts: 92; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Agreed. My last HTC was the Evo and I loved that phone. The U11 has an excellent camera & speakers. I don't have a problem with how it looks, but would rather metal body. Price is right. My only concern is the battery.

12. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Okay Htc U11 does have an excellent camera. Damn looks impressive! That 3d audio also seems cool

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

BY and s8 are clearly better.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Edit... G6

21. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

1 S8 2 G6 3 U11

30. Xchris

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 17, 2015

Who are you kidding?

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I prefer the S8 images but its close.

24. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

1. htc U11 2. Galaxy S8 3. Lg G6 I am impressed with the camera performance .. Much better than the htc 10 tbh.

25. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

How come PA hasn't posted that U11 got top dxo camera score? Usually there's news about a new phone that tops the charts

27. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Colour accuracy HTC nails it Detail s8 due to the bigger MP noise level are low considering 1.4um impressive awaiting night shots ...

29. Xchris

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 17, 2015

From what I have seen of this camera it definitely beats the S8 and G6. I'm not convinced it is going to beat the pixel in daylight but the low light/night shots that I have seen look amazing. I've got to say the colours are incredibly well balanced and the dynamic range looks excellent. I'm seriously impressed. Nice one HTC.

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