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HTC One’s Ultrapixel Camera Explained

If you are into Android smartphones then you probably are updated with all the trends in the industry. One of the interesting technologies to follow is the flagship models of the various manufacturers and determining which one has the better feature. One particular manufacturer has gone against the flow in the design of their camera. Instead of having a higher megapixel in their flagship model they have opted for a lower megapixel value. Let’s see why they did this.


The Android manufacturer we are referring to is HTC and the flagship model in particular is the HTC One. Let’s have a look at its quick specs first.

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE
  • 4.7″ 16M-color 1080p Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 469ppi pixel density
  • Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 5.0
  • Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset
  • 4 MP autofocus “Ultrapixel” camera with 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size; LED flash
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • HTC Zoe
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA; Wireless TV out
  • 32/64GB of built-in storage

Everything looks top of the line but then when we see the specs for the primary camera we are only getting 4 megapixels. This might sound pretty low when most mid-range devices already sport 5 megapixel cameras while flagship models are getting from 8 to 12 megapixels.

Symon Whitehorn, head of HTC smartphone imaging, explained that size isn’t everything and that the HTC One’s camera will put the competition to shame. Any photography expert knows that more megapixels do not necessarily mean a greater photo. There are other factors to consider such as the lens as well as the sensor used.

HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera despite only 4 megapixels can capture as much as 300% more light than any 13 megapixel camera out in the market today.  This makes photos taken using the device far superior than the competition.

According to Whitehorn when asked what makes the camera of the HTC One different from other devices he said that “One of the most obvious things is optical image stabilization. That helps a lot in low light level situations. We still maintain that class-leading F/2.0 aperture that we had in the One X and we maintain the right optics to match that system. We’re focusing on creating a system that’s in balance, from capture to what you do with your content.”

via computerworld

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