HTC imaging head explains why the One has a 4-megapixel camera

HTC imaging head explains why the One has a 4-megapixel camera
HTC’s UltraPixel camera with Zoe is in fact a 4-megapixel one, a bold move that HTC risked to take as most of its competitors came up with 13-megapixel cameras on their 2013 flagships. But there is more than just the bigger single pixel size that drove this decision.

A Computer World interview with Symon Whitehorn, ex-Kodak executive who is now in charge of HTC smartphone imaging, revealed all the reasons why HTC went with a 4-megapixel camera. First and foremost it is about great low-light performance, but also about being realistic with what people do with image from their smartphones. Those are not professional photographs for large prints after all.

The HTC One is capable of recording 1080p full HD video and capturing full-resolution still at the same time. But it’s also about the experience in the gallery where the system automatically creates a video of all the photographs and videos you take throughout a day, mashing it all up together with effects and music so it’s just there without you having to do anything. Good news is HTC plans to continue refining that experience:

Hit the source link below for the full interview.

source: Computer World

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11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

its funny as to why people just keep thumbing down without giving any reasons ! Haters have an opinion if you don't like our comment. Dont just thumb down Despite what the imaging head says the One's camera scored very bad (even in low light conditions) in PA's blind camera test ! Also, GS IV's camera does all that without choking at 13MP with the same processor ! Although (almost) no one prints large copies of photos taken from phone but people do watch those photos on computers which are generally 15 inch. So, sharpness does deterioration can be seen over there !

16. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

U know the phone is not even out yet and still getting tweeks they just released a update that greatly improves image quality... And yet 4mp is plenty I still think 8 is ideal with a really nice sensor and lens.

67. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Haha excuses excuses.

68. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They should have made it 1 gigapixel so it fits with the One theme. Haha

56. Mobilephile

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

If HTC feels the need to explain this feature, its not a good sign. Pictures don't lie, and should be self-explanatory minus all their hype.

75. radiotrib

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Have yopu even tried to calculate the pixel size of the average 15 inch monitor ??? My brand new 27" iMac has a total pixel count of slightly under 3 Mpxls and myMBP Retina display slightly over 5 Mpxls ... and the average 50 inch HD TV ... peanuts ... so who need more ?? I got a dSLR for 'proper' photos. I want to take napshots of mty mates in the pub or my grandchildren having fun, then I need low-light capability ... head out of ass time Sammy fans :)

22. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

you wrong dude watch this at night the HTC one is the best phone even better than nokia lumia watch the video that was made by phonearena 4:11

27. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i dont believe this s**t. even youtube users are doubting on the results in this video.

37. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

41. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

will never thrust PhoneArena's comparisons again! Oh wonder why GsmArena rated the One's camera as a disappointment? and that many 13mp shooters are better?

28. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

who owns those 13mp images dude?

36. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

this camera is awsome and this note complete it for everyone that specually close their eyes like bone..

40. robinrisk unregistered

Let me explain it: 1. As good as 13 MP photos were, i didn't even see them, because after 20 seconds of loading, it still wasn't fully loaded in my browser. I have a very bad connection at work, but the point still still stands, specially with the lack of speed on a mobile 3G connection. 2. Try and send a 13MP photo. It takes a loooong time to upload, what i do with my current cellphone's 8MP photos is that i crop them or just shoot them in 1-4 MPixels mode. 3. About 90% of photos taken are seen on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or the same cellphone, all of those unable to display photos larger than 1024*768 (With some exceptions) 4. The only good thing about more MPixels is for printing and for editing, and 4MP is more than enough to photoshop stuff for basically the whole of HTC's clientele. 5. The same 90% of people who don't need to use 8+ MP will not know or will not set it to lower levels. A good sensor, good low lighting conditions and flash should be enough for 90% of users, while those 8MP+ photos will just mess up the user base experience.

42. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

So basically what you are saying is that people should all make 4mp camera because of twitter,facebook,instagram??? Lmao

60. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

How about we up the MP and use better sensors and just get unlimited data?

48. SleepingOz unregistered

flawed logic

72. berry889

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

13Mp picture taken and resize it to 4Mp is better than 4Mp alone....

64. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I wish the galaxy note III will sport a 20+ MP cam. A 4MP cam no thanks not for me.

2. Silencerzzz

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

People complain about Samsung aggressive in advertising. Now it proved that HTC is aggressively marketing in their overhyped 'pre 2010 camera' smartphone.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Good explaining HTC! For me, there's nothing wrong with the 4 Megapixels.....or I mean 4 Ultrapixels camera.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Good explanation ? GS IV does all those at 13MP without choking and using the same processor !!! Also, their low light performance is not that good as well ! They scored pretty bad in PA's blind camera test even in the low light conditions !! and no need to correct yourself for 'Ultrapixels' even their imaging head is calling it megapixel, above^ Not being rude but only asking what part of the reason you found satisfying ?

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Dude, HTC released the firmware update for the One, and the camera improved too!

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

hmmm......those images are sharper but the low light images are still the same !!! Do you know if PA's blind test was after the firmware update ?

23. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh I didn't know that, but this is not a big deal dude! At least the camera and the images were ok right now!

29. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

It is more than ok, but when I buy a phone for that kind of money I want the best not ok.

32. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The One is already the best! Or you can choose the Xperia Z!

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

No, that's not true. Besides, the One has an optical stabilizer, which further improves its low-light capabilities. In daylight the S4 is better, but at dusk or in the night things DO change and are in favor of the One. Everyone will choose what he/she prefers, but let's not be sammy fanboys here...

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Can you clear up what's not true ? If I was a fanboy I wouldn't be giving you reasons for my stance but rather blindly saying Samsung is better than HTC with no evidence or reason Also, Optical stabilizer is very good but I fail to understand how it improves low-light capabilities?

20. IHateApple

Posts: 122; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Optical Stabilizer reduces/prevents the transmission of vibrations to the sensor and lens system. This gives the sensor more time to capture more light. That's why it improves low-light performance. Why do you think Lumia 920 has great low-light performance? It's because Lumia 920 has a great Optical Stabilization system.

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