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HTC One vs. iPhone 5 camera shootout surfaces, we compare

23 February, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
HTC One vs. iPhone 5 camera shootout surfaces, we compare - read the full textIntroduction HTC made a big splash the other day with the announcement of its next flagship, HTC One. Besides the general upgrades in almost all departments, it also presented us with a new type of camera. First of all, it's part of an elite club by offering optical image stabilization much like...


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Great and very useful review! And i completely agree that the best way to compare is as you did, upsizing htc to 8mpx.

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  • 2013-04-22 23:20
  • ajMB

htc one is the best!

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  • 2013-03-20 22:29
  • dNCe

I say the photos should be compared best to best so 4mp to 8mp Because that iss the whole point to see which phone takes the best photo.

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  • 2013-02-28 00:02
  • 48gd

Why would you upscale a picture for comparison... Upscaling picture degrades the value of the pixel, and might actually destroy some of the detail.

Downsizing the 8mp would have been a better comparison.

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  • 2013-02-27 00:55
  • 9xEf

> In reply to Steebie @ 2013-02-25 18:04 from D1IZ - click to readThe test is not so ridiculous. The point of the 'ultrapixels' is that you can reduce the number of pixels because each pixel is larger. The 8MP camera in the iPhone 5 uses 1.4 micron pixels and the 4MP camera in the HTC uses 2 micron pixels. Theoretcially, the HTC should let in the same amount of light (if not more) while greatly reducing the noise due to gaps between the pixels. The fact that even the 1.6MP downsied images were terrible shows that it's a massive fail by HTC!

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  • 2013-02-26 21:58
  • mqq6

Compare 4 mp with 4mp resolution not with 8mp. No upsizing needed.

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  • 2013-02-26 02:05
  • t}gt

> In reply to pica @ 2013-02-25 05:43 from fAW3 - click to readHTC could buy the same sensors that most of the other manufacturers use, but chose to take a different approach. I'm curious to see what real world photos will look like with HTC's novel approach...I'm sold on the Zoe editing features...this was the thing that had me interesting in Blackberry's new camera.

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  • 2013-02-25 18:07
  • D1IZ

This was a silly shootout. Of course the iPhone will resolve details better than the One in bright light. It has twice the MP...duh. The One's approach isn't about hi-res details. A 4MP pic is great at 8x10" prints. You talk about blowing up the prints to the iPhone's native print resolution of having an almost 4 foot wide print?! Really? Anyone printing that large is not taking the picture with a phone...I promise you that. In order to test out HTC's promotion, this test should have focused on exposure in a variety of situations. This is what I've been crawling the web to find out. I could care less about zooming in to read the "made in China" stamped into someone's jewelry! I want to know if I am going to get more/better snapshots than my old phone!

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  • 2013-02-25 18:04
  • D1IZ

8 Millions HTC devices at Risk NOW!

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  • 2013-02-25 12:51
  • vbJ7

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-25 08:44 from mjPY - click to readHTC even said Beats Audio provides studio recording sound quality.(see ) What a genius company!

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  • 2013-02-25 09:39
  • fAFb

> In reply to mihu @ 2013-02-24 22:44 from nDBx - click to readif you compare them with an iphone5 cheap replica

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  • 2013-02-25 09:24
  • mjPY

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-25 07:28 from kg3U - click to readwe'll just have to wait and see after the reviews how good this camera is but honestly, what could someone expect from an 1/3" sensor with slashed resolution to 4MP(just to market it as ultrapixel camera)?, the most annoying thing is, since you mentioned 808, that HTC mocked Nokia before presenting One and showed a photography history as if they invented cameras. Since this wasn't enough they made a phone looking like the result of Apple/BB/Sony partying to much and running an OS similar in looks to WP8...quietly HowToCopy brilliant

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  • 2013-02-25 08:44
  • mjPY

> In reply to pica @ 2013-02-25 05:43 from fAW3 - click to readThat's true. Two companies with best cameras are Nokia and Sony. Nokia is leading the way with Pureview 808. Their Lumia 920 is the best smartphone camera of 2012. HTC really doesn't have any innovation.

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  • 2013-02-25 07:28
  • kg3U

I am kind of suprised that htc is a year behind iphone 5 camera. Since htc claimed their one x is ready to replace single lens reflex.( and now new one is way better than one x. We can deduce they'v already outdone iphone 5 since long time ago.

htc dont have their own camera technolgy or other hardware stuff.
all they can do is do much market hype about their products.
when companies like nokia and sony are putting lots of efforts and money to try to push the physics limits, htc just mock them and deceive users in their sales promotions.

why htc choose to use
less pixels camera but without beating up iphone 5 or nokia or sony? because they have no choice, they don't have nothing technology to beat them up.
besides they like to cost down and tell people they are the most innovative company.

by the way, ultapixels is from omnivision.

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  • 2013-02-25 05:43
  • fAW3

why compare to iphone5? not sgs3/note2?

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  • 2013-02-25 02:47
  • PGgb

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-24 22:28 from kg3Q - click to readNeowin comparisons are craps. Furthermore, do you see that Lumia photo are not as sharp as HTC One photos, especially the stage photos? Look at the words on the wall.

Take a look at this link instead.

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  • 2013-02-25 02:19
  • QXPR

> In reply to trikadeca @ 2013-02-24 17:58 from vI1Z - click to readThanks for the link. Indeed, now I see HTC One photos are indeed having much more details than the iPhone 5. Hope to see photos comparisons again Nokia 920. I know 920 able to take good low light conditions photos (but very noisy in fact), but day photos are not really that excellent. Would hope to see these comparisons though.

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  • 2013-02-25 02:17
  • QXPR

the HTC One shoots 16:9 photos natively - in order to compare them with the 4:3 IPhone photos CNET switched to that mode on the HTC, cropping the images to a merely 3MP. So now it is 8MP vs (upscaled) 3MP! They could also switched to the 16:9 format on the IPhone making it essentialy a 6MP camera - much closer to the 4MP of the HTC One.

Whether you prefer 4:3 or 16:9 is personal taste, but (nearly) all computer/phone/tv screens use a 16:9 ratio, so this format makes much more sense to use!

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  • 2013-02-25 00:26
  • pRay

I saw few comparation on other sites and i can tell HTC One makes better photos.

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  • 2013-02-24 23:20
  • mVhq

Not close to what i had expected, i wonder why they bothered with making a new sensor and stuff,
the sensor on one x was brilliant and could just be improved and possibly be swapped with a upgraded version or something, :(

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  • 2013-02-24 22:44
  • 3axg

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