Selfie camera comparison: HTC One M9 vs One M8 vs iPhone 6 vs Note 4 vs Galaxy S5

Selfie camera comparison: HTC One M9 vs One M8 vs iPhone 6 vs Note 4 vs Galaxy S5
So, the HTC One M9 has received a brand new, 20 MP main camera (thank you, HTC), but that doesn't mean that UltraPixel is already a thing of the past. Actually, it turns out that the notorious 4 MP UltraPixel technology from the One's previous generations has found new life - one as the front camera of HTC's latest flagship!

Thinking about it, that switch of roles makes perfect sense (ha!) - a front camera with a reasonable megapixel count and good capabilities to capture light in most various lighting conditions could prove to be a welcome tool for all those selfie lovers out there.

Well, seeing that, for the time being, HTC's One M9 can only be accessed here at MWC 2015, where it just got announced a couple of days ago, we decided to seize this opportunity and check for ourselves exactly how the M9's selfie shooter stacks up against some other hot offerings, such as the One M8, iPhone 6, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy S5. We have the feeling that the new One M9 is going to have a tough time against these opponents, but then again, who wouldn't!

Let's not waste another second - hit the gallery below for a quick first look at the front camera capabilities of the One M9, and, of course, don't forget that the phone's camera quality is still subject to change, at least until it hits retail later this month.


Which one do you like the most?

HTC One M9
34.62%
HTC One M8
9.53%
Apple iPhone 6
14.95%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
36.27%
Samsung Galaxy S5
4.62%

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32 Comments

2. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Truthfully I think you need a tripod for this to be fair.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Yet mot selfies are done by hand. Hmmm! It wouldn't make it fair, it would make it unrealistic.

3. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

One M9 takes the best selfie from my non fanboy perspective.

5. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

M9 and Note 4 got almost same result. The M9 looks like over exposing, but Its just one image, needs to take more sample before saying something.

29. bballrob79

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

I agree, and I have an M8 and the selfies look better than the one that is displayed here.

51. guidoconrad

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

You seem to forget that the ultrapixel technology is meant to work better in low light. Just like with the M8 last year, the ultrapixel camera tends to overexpose a bit in direct light but it will kick the Note 4's camera in low light performance

9. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

M9's photo looks more grainy and blur. Note 4's looks brighter and more detailed. Note 4 obviously wins.

28. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Are you kidding me? The note 4 is more blurred. It is the same level of detailed

46. Swizzlewood

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

its not even the same level of detail, if you actually look at the finer details in the note 4 like the facial hair you'll realise that it's all smudged and looking like water colours Whereas the One M9 actually has the detail

4. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

note 4 is the best

13. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Note 4 and m8 for me

8. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Samsung phones take the best photo. End of story.

10. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Can you take the photo on the note 4 again with the beauty mode off?

17. Tattari

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

good point there Hitler , but tbh , note 4 and M8 are best as far as i can see

50. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i can not stand beauty mode on my g5. i hate how it goes to that mode every time to and every picture i take with it SUCKS. I don't know if i am doing something wrong or what

11. apexpredation

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

Thanks for doing this comparison and kudos for holding that expression for all shots. I have to say this is an unfair comparison for all devices. The lighting and background are changing too much to make a valid comparison and the M9 shot has a bit of motion blur in it which means you were not holding it too steady as you did with the rest. None of them have Image Stabilization on the front shooters so that was a pure user error and deserved a second shot. I would like to see this in a more controlled setting.

12. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Note 4 has a lot less details than m9 how can it be first

14. argtx

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

exposure is way too high in htc m9

21. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Note 4 results look so overprocessed yet eye catchy, too much noise reduction, I think M9 takes the crown, and i like the iPhone's colour rendition, better than the others

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The HTC phones over exposed the white in the background, that you can't even see the image on the wall. AT least with the Note 4 you can see what it s, though the details are faint. But its because of distance I assume. The main issue with the iPhone camera is it is near-sighted. It takes things up close well, but things far blur very quickly. This is likely because of it being 1.2MP, the camera is limited to how far it can see clearly, just like a near-sighted person. The Note 4 has also 20/40 vision in where the objects close are nearly as visible as objects far away. I am very surprised the S5 photo wasn't that good. I've taken better pics with the S5. Can't wait to see the S6 with its 5MP beats on the front. Every single S has had beefier specs and better capabilities vs the iPhone, the iPhone should be dead already. I guess as long as stupid people exist, Apple and companies like cigarette companies will always exist.

23. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Can a person be stupid only based on their smartphone choice? Does it also work for bottled water choice, toilet paper, clothing, etc?

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

"Techie" seriously has issues. I guess I'm stupid for using Angel Soft over Charmin, Smart Water over the Jewel brand, and True Religion over Levi's. :(

39. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

List specs of Smart Water please.

25. JMartin22

Posts: 2311; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The M9 looks bad and the contrast is washed out, I don't know how it even has all the votes that it does. At least the Note 4 is capturing more detail behind the selfie portrait shot.

26. surethom

Posts: 1560; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The note & s5 are best the background on the others are to white & bright where the not & s5 have good lite of the face & the background.

27. chris2k5

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Megapixel count doesn't excuse the Samsung cameras from overexposing the light. Looks awful.

31. JMartin22

Posts: 2311; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I think you mean the HTC M9? You have a heavenly light that drowns out all detail or reality that anything is there.

36. ECPirate37

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I had a hard time choosing between the M9 or the Note 4, but went M9. I'd love to see this done in different lighting to see what turns out best.

37. frankg

Posts: 172; Member since: May 14, 2014

It's a toss up between the M9 and Note 4.

38. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

i think that the photo taken on m8 was better than m9.

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