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

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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.

“It's really about finding the balance. It came down to how many megapixels we could fit in a sensor that size that can respond and give a significant difference in low-light performance. ... In 90 percent of the cases, four megapixels is more than enough.That also gives us a super manageable file size, which lets us do lots of cool things with Zoe. We couldn't do the dual-path encoding we're doing now, shooting video and stills at the same time, with a very large file size. If it was a 14 megapixel sensor, you'd end up just choking the whole system.”
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:

“And we'll be evolving the whole Zoe and Highlight Video experience a lot more to give you more control. You're never going to give up that automatic, super elegant, we've-already-made-a-video-for-you-on-the-fly experience, but we're going to refine editing tools and make the whole thing even more elegant than it is now.”

Hit the source link below for the full interview.

source: Computer World

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posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:41 17

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Explain this:

Choking my a**, judge 13MP quality for yourself:

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:37 19

11. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 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 !

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:49 11

16. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 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.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 18:28 4

67. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Haha excuses excuses.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 18:30 3

68. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 16:42 3

56. Mobilephile (Posts: 161; Member since: 25 Nov 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.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:08

75. radiotrib (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 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 :)

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:39 12

22. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 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 phonearenahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5NFpddZ958 4:11

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 10:47 6

27. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 12:21 1

37. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

id rather believe this.


posted on 03 Apr 2013, 13:13 3

41. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 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?

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 11:02 1

28. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

who owns those 13mp images dude?

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 12:12 2

36. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 12:52 5

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.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 13:16 11

42. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 17:35 2

60. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 14:49 4

48. SleepingOz (unregistered)

flawed logic

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 23:19 1

72. berry889 (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 17:49

64. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:51 21

2. Silencerzzz (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:52 19

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:21 10

8. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 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 ?

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:31 13

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:43 8

12. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 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 ?

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:43 1

23. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 11:27 2

29. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 11:46 3

32. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:32 8

10. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 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...

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:47 2

15. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 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?

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:17 5

20. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 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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