Updated: More HTC Perfume camera rumors: super-fast hybrid autofocus?
The report back then claimed that the new smartphone will come with a 12 MP UltraPixel main camera, assisted by laser autofocus capable of achieving some really fast focus times. Today, leakster @LlabTooFeR has posted some more info on what we could see used in the Perfume’s camera department.
HTC Perfume "UltraPixels":— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) February 11, 2016
Main Camera - Sony IMX377 12MP 1.55um + Laser Autofocus + PDAF
Front Camera - Samsung s5k4e6 5MP UltraPixel
According to the tweet, the main camera of HTC’s upcoming flagship will be the 12 MP Sony IMX377 sensor. It’s the same sensor, which one can find in Google’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. Praised for its extra-large pixel sizes, measuring at 1.55μm (usually, top-tier smartphone cameras have around 1.12μm pixels in their sensors), the IMX377 is capable of collecting more light from a scene, making it much faster in daylight scenarios, and much better at taking snaps when the lighting is dim (check out our camera review of the Nexus 6P).
The front snapper of the Perfume will, allegedly, be equipped with a Samsung “s5k4e6” 5 MP sensor. This one has a 1.34μm pixel size and utilizes Samsung’s ISOCELL technology. The latter is something that Sammy first introduced with the camera of the Galaxy S5 and is basically a tech that isolates various pixels better, limiting cross talk and making details in a shot sharper.
It seems both cameras will be marketed as being UltraPixel. That’s a term HTC first used a couple of years ago to brand its cameras with extra-large pixels. The UltraPixel snappers in the HTC One and One (M8) had 2μm pixels, but a very low resolution – 4 MP. As a result, image details were sub-par when compared to other top-shelf devices, so HTC ultimately chose to only use UltraPixel sensors for its front-facing cameras. Apparently, with the Perfume, the UltraPixel name may be making a return, albeit with slightly smaller pixels (probably for the better).
The tweet also mentions that HTC’s next flagship will be using laser-assisted autofocus, combined with phase detection autofocus. This somewhat reminds us of the latest Xperias, where Sony chose to combine phase detection with contrast detection to achieve ultra-fast focus times – as low as 0.03 seconds. Whether the Perfume will be capable of such speeds remains to be seen.
So, the only thing one may be asking themselves now is – are we going to see OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) on the Perfume? Google’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P lack any type of hardware stabilization, Google claiming that the IMX377’s large pixels are so good at taking a quick snap that it would be redundant. We’ll see if HTC shares that opinion.
Yeah, OIS is there as well. Just forgot to mention.— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) February 11, 2016