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HTC One vs. Apple iPhone 5: camera samples


HTC didn’t do very well in business last year, but it hopes to attain the target set by the company with the help of recently unveiled flagship Android smartphone, HTC One. Everything looks great with the HTC One. The hardware specs are one of the best available in the market, and the chassis is super sleek. Being a flagship phone, one will expect something extraordinary from a device, and in this case HTC is having an advantage in camera department.

Camera is something that people use more often on a smartphone, and HTC has introduced something called Ultrapixels. So what’s this new term? Well, ‘ultrapixels’ is a marketing term HTC uses to refer to the 2.0-micrometer pixels on the device, substantially larger than the ones on competing cameraphones like the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia Lumia 920.

So does ultrapixels really affect the final picture quality in a good way? I was eager to know that, and apparently it does. Folks at CNET Asia have uploaded few camera shots that compare the camera quality of HTC One and the Apple iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is always praised for its camera quality, and being a very popular product, it’s quite exciting.


As you can see from the images, HTC One clearly has the game in its favor. The HTC One comes with a 4.3 megapixel camera, and it does translate into image lacking less fine details in most images, but as promised, the sensor does manage to capture more light in every case. Also, the images captured by HTC One were smaller in file size, with values ranging between 600KB to 1.7MB depending on varying conditions. With file sizes being two to three times lesser, the quality differences between the photos are evident, with photos clicked from HTC One being of better quality.

HTC One also captured photos with natural looking colors in underlit conditions. It should be noted that the HTC One used in this test is a pre-release version of the phone and non-final software. The phones that the company will be shipping may output even better quality images.

So, how does HTC One manage to do that? There is the ultrapixel sensor that captures images with ultrapixel-sized pixels. According to HTC, each pixel will be capturing 300% more light than many of the 13 megapixel sensors available in the smartphone market. All the smartphone manufacturers are taking part in the megapixel race, but HTC seems to have done something different. This UltraPixel Sensor is a CMOS BSI and is classified as having a 1/3′ sensor size.

Each image captured from HTC One will have 2688 x 1520 pixels with 16:9 aspect ratio. The camera uses a 5 piece lens element setup with a focal length of 3.82mm. Each pixel in the image is a 2.0 micrometer UltraPixel, as opposed to 1.4 micrometers and 1.1 micrometers pixel sizes seen in today’s 8MP and 13MP setups respectively.

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source: CNET Asia

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