Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One
The iPhone 5s packs along an updated 8-megapixel iSight camera that features a backside illuminated sensor, f2.2 aperture lens, 1.5µm sized pixels, dual-LED flash, and 1080p video recording. Meanwhile, the HTC One comes with fancy termed 4.3-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera, that has f2.0 aperture lens, 2.0µm sized pixels and optical image stabilization.
Do you like having manual controls and a wealth of shooting modes at your disposal? Well then, if you do, then you’re going to like what the HTC One has to offer with its camera app – whereas with the iPhone 5s, it’s slim on the features and more concerned about just taking photos easy.
And now comes the time to dissect their respective cameras! The suspense, it’s killer for some, but there’s a clear victor here in this particular department. Technically, some people will have a difficult time judging the quality when they’re transferred to 4” x 6” printouts, but when we preview them on a computer, it’s clear that the iPhone 5s’ camera is superior. As a whole, its shots deliver a lot more fine details – allowing us to crop images without much degradation to quality.
Furthermore, the low lighting performance of the iPhone 5s is excellent too, as it’s able to maintain a good balance between details and exposure. As for the HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera, its low lighting shots appear a tad bit over-exposed, which doesn’t help when details are a few notches softer in tone than its rival.
Checking out their 1080p video recording quality, we’ll mention that the two are able to capture some pleasing visuals when lighting is ample, but again we’re astounded by the iPhone 5s’ superior low lighting quality. For starters, the iPhone 5s maintains a smooth recording speed of 29 frames per second – whereas the HTC One dips to a choppy 18 frames per second rate.
On the surface, the two handsets feature very similar looking music players, but the Sense music player draws us in more because of its cool visualizer and the option of having lyrics show up as songs are played. Thanks in part to its dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, audio quality is more potent and punchy with the HTC One.
High definition videos pose no problems for either device, but seeing that the HTC One has a larger and higher resolution display than the iPhone 5s, it’s simply more ideal for us to use it for watching lengthy movies.