HTC releases a software update for the One's camera, doesn't add more ultrapixels

HTC releases a software update for the One's camera, doesn't add more ultrapixels
HTC really took a gamble this year by equipping its flagship smartphone with a 4 MP camera. It's clear that while many users should know that megapixels aren't everything by now, there will still be some that will just go for the camera with the highest number.

Unfortunately, that didn't seem to be HTC's biggest problem with this camera, as we weren't exactly blown away when we compared it to the other contemporary shooters out there. But, probably this is why HTC is now releasing a software update which aims to visibly improve the quality of that so-called Ultrapixel camera.

Apparently, the update should bring your version number to 1.29.401.13, and while it won't install Android 4.2 or anything like that, it will attempt to enhance things like the sound capture in Zoe mode, the noise reduction when shooting in slow motion, overall color reproduction and dynamic range. That sounds like a pretty solid change-log to us, so hopefully the improvements will be visible, because, well... the HTC One's camera could use some enhancement. Thankfully, this software update will also bring a number of general bugfixes and improvements that aren't necessarily related to the camera.

The update may or may not be available for your international HTC One already. If it doesn't show up yet, keep checking from time to time until you get the notification.

via: Pocket-lint

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65 Comments

1. FlushGordon unregistered

Ultrapixel is the lamest smartphone gimmick of 2013 so far....

3. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Are you mad or something? google the comparison of HTC One camera with other phones.. Its a good daylight camera and when it comes to low lighting it is leagues ahead of the competition... You should be the lamest troll of 2013 so far....

11. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

and you must be the s**ttiest cameraphone enthusiast out there.

13. FlushGordon unregistered

Sheik....I do wedding photography for a semi-living... What you said is exacly what HTC has just said in their adverts.. Go out and learn gears and photography kiddo

17. osmaankhaan unregistered

He might b a kiddo but the legend behind 41megapixel camera sensor is not, ask him how ge feels about the ultra pixel gimmick..

34. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

some people are just so un educated of photography. My new htc one smoked all the smart phone cameras out there! and an un deniable fact, no smart phone has an wider angle of shots llike my phone. those HTC haters r behaving like people who has mental illness problem..

39. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Hey buddy, how's the 720P/1080P recording on the device?

46. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

My Blackberry Z10 has a wider angle shot. i tested this HTC one out today and nothing special. Texting on the keyboard sucks and multi tasking, doesn't exist on the phone in comparison. Overall though the phone has a really nice feel to it and good feel to the screen as well so deff better than cheap feel of S4

54. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

you do wedding Photography and yet you said Ultrapixel(camera with bigger sensor) is a gimmick? i think you're the one who needs to go out and learn gears and photography..

50. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy S4 still has better low light performance than the HTC One, even the 'Ultrapixels' are supposed to be in play. Anything left to say?

55. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

you're joking right?

60. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Huh... do you know what you're talking about?

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I don't think so: low light performance is much better than competing phones, it's better than iphone, GS3 and so on. This is where UltraPixel (together with the optical stabilizer) can really make a difference. Daylight performance is worse than the best phones in class, yet it's still good, and I prefer a phone than can deliver good performance in every shooting condition than a phone that delivers better quality in bright light but drastically worsens as soon as the light falls. This is the meaning of the work made by HTC, unfortunately it won't be understood by many...

15. FlushGordon unregistered

It doesn't live up to my expectations quite frankly...been pixel peeping these jpegs off my friends HTC ONE and they are absolutely spectacularly ordinary...It's more like a noise reduction/detail suppression software tweaks rather than HTC's fancy claim (whatever the F it is) Low light performance is decent, but smudgy....and that ain't good

22. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Of course low light performance is still smudgy, but we're talking about a smartphone and must be compared to other smartphones, and I think that there's a perceivable difference. Also, HTC has already released two camera software updates, and since the first visibly improved image quality (though it will never be like an iphone or GS4), I'd give the One another chance once the software is stable. Finally, pixel-peeping is good, but in practice you'll never look at your pictures fully zoomed, while you will frequently take pictures ad dusk or indoors where the optical stabilizer will make possible to take pictures that would otherwise be ruined by camera shake. So that's pixel-peeping vs. real world usage benefits, and I think the latter is more important...

8. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

read anandtech.

37. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Oh i love the way how anandtech do their review! Very detailed.

18. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I'm pretty sure I'd say samsung air gesture is... If ur going to hover ur finger 1cm over the screen just go ahead and touch the Damn screen!

20. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'm going to go on a limb and say the majority of the features Samsung released for the GS4 are gimmicks. Though the multiple apps that they pioneered (in smartphones, clearly computers have done it...for many years) is nice.

27. jackhammer91

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

that gives the overview which saves time than actually doing the whole thing bitch!!

45. uncfan44

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

haha i couldn't agree more... now b4 i get bashed for trolling my last 5 devices in descending order are.. evo LTE, moto photon, htc evo shift, samsung epic, and the blackberry style... with a few others mixed in for a short period of time... now i have no prob with sammy as my tab is a sammy 10.1, but ALL of the new gestures i've seen demo'd (i work for a cell company so i always get to play with stuff early), are going to be useless to the average person. why hover when u can touch, sure ppl will say it saves time, but how hard will it be to reprogram yourself to do this rather than the norm of just touching? most of us are creatures of habit so changing the way we do things, unless the benefit of doing so is drastic, will continue to do things the way we always have. that is why the hover is a gimmick. the story mode for the gallery (or what ever its called) is wack as you have to pay for using certain aspects of it. now the drama shot on the other hand... that feature of the phone is dope.

58. TheBitterTruth unregistered

After Galaxy S4

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

what HTC One needs now is 2nd gen JB when their competitors are on 4.2..

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Who? Samsung, Sony and LG are still on 4.1.2 and the GS4 has not yet been released. Who's on 4.2? Only the Nexus, and that's because it's a Nexus.

6. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

No friend, Samsung is already on 4.2... Sony and LG have released their android 4.2 AOSP already, which means their flagships would get 4.2 anytime soon in the future. http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_releases_aosp_android_42_jelly_bean_for_the_xperia_z-news-5907.php

7. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Yea "would get"!

12. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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23. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Forgive me, but AOSP is not the same as official firmware (you have to unlock the bootloader, you may experience bugs and instabilities and so on) and "anytime soon in the future" is not "now"! ;-)

40. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

facepalm for u !!!! S4 is android 4.2

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