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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.

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Which one do you like the most?
HTC One M9 34.62% (1093 votes) (1093 votes)
HTC One M8 9.53% (301 votes) (301 votes)
Apple iPhone 6 14.95% (472 votes) (472 votes)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 36.27% (1145 votes) (1145 votes)
Samsung Galaxy S5 4.62% (146 votes) (146 votes)

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posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:47 2

2. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:12

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:47 2

3. kobainez (Posts: 442; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:02 4

5. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:04

29. bballrob79 (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 21:32

51. guidoconrad (Posts: 25; Member since: 19 Nov 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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:14 2

9. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:00 1

28. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 16:39

46. Swizzlewood (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Feb 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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 11:50 4

4. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 437; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

note 4 is the best

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:52

13. maherk (Posts: 4845; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Note 4 and m8 for me

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:05 3

8. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

Samsung phones take the best photo. End of story.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:19 13

10. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:11

17. Tattari (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 19:37

50. joevsyou (Posts: 1037; Member since: 28 Feb 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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:23

11. apexpredation (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:49

12. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 164; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:54

14. argtx (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

exposure is way too high in htc m9

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:19

21. danielxxi (Posts: 183; Member since: 13 Feb 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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:22

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:26 3

23. Ninetysix (Posts: 2671; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:30 4

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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. :(

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:54 2

39. Ninetysix (Posts: 2671; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

List specs of Smart Water please.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:51

25. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:53

26. surethom (Posts: 954; Member since: 04 Mar 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:56

27. chris2k5 (Posts: 48; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:06

31. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:31

36. ECPirate37 (Posts: 220; Member since: 14 Jul 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:35

37. frankg (Posts: 171; Member since: 14 May 2014)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:37

38. Leandronb (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)

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

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