Selfie camera comparison: HTC One M9 vs One M8 vs iPhone 6 vs Note 4 vs Galaxy S5
posted by Ray S. / Mar 03, 2015, 11:38 AM
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
HTC One M8
Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy S5
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Truthfully I think you need a tripod for this to be fair.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 11:47 AM 2
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One M9 takes the best selfie from my non fanboy perspective.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 11:47 AM 2
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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 Mar 03, 2015, 12:02 PM 4
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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 Mar 03, 2015, 9:32 PM 0
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M9's photo looks more grainy and blur. Note 4's looks brighter and more detailed. Note 4 obviously wins.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 12:14 PM 2
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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 Mar 03, 2015, 4:39 PM 0
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Can you take the photo on the note 4 again with the beauty mode off?
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 12:19 PM 13
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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 Mar 03, 2015, 12:23 PM 0
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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 Mar 03, 2015, 1:22 PM 0
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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 Mar 03, 2015, 1:26 PM 3
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Megapixel count doesn't excuse the Samsung cameras from overexposing the light. Looks awful.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 1:56 PM 0
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