Camera fight – HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

So, HTC unveiled their HTC One Series handsets a few weeks back now. We’ve already reviewed the HTC One X and the HTC One S but I wanted to show you more on the camera technology and how it compares to my usual phone-of-choice – the Samsung Galaxy SII. The HTC One series handsets have a lens which lets in more light and there’s no shutter-lag either. When snapping shots you can fire off several shots in a second or two and choose the best, plus the ImageSense technnology will make sure that the best shot is available.

Dawid has already done a great comparison between the HTC One X and the Sony Xperia S, so here’s a similar contest with the Samsung Galaxy SII …


First, a shot taken at 8PM on a very dark and wet evening in Stoke-on-Trent. I was sitting in the car eating a McDonalds. It’s not something I do that often and, to be honest, the burger tasted like a wet dog. Don’t ask me about those “fries”. A few years ago they used to put salt on them, now they’re all health-conscious and you’d probably be better chewing on boot laces. Anyway…

There’s not a massive difference between these two photos, but you can click on all the images in this article to get a closer look at them if you wish..

Samsung Galaxy S2
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

HTC One S
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

Now, let’s crank up the zoom to full and try again to see if there’s a difference. If you look closely there’s some interesting text on the back of that Vauxhall Corsa.. :)

Samsung Galaxy S2
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

HTC One S
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

Next up, I decided to turn the dimmer lights in our kitchen down to the absolute minimum. It’s images like this, taken in really low light, where the HTC One Series shines.

Samsung Galaxy S2
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

HTC One S
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

Next, I cranked it up a notch and went outside. It’s pitch black – 11PM and there’s a small light on our garage. Here’s the Samsung shot…

Samsung Galaxy S2
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

HTC One S
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

Samsung Galaxy S2
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

HTC One S
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

And finally, here’s some houses across the street. There’s only the street lights …

Samsung Galaxy S2
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

HTC One S
Camera fight   HTC One S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

So, as you can see, the HTC One S performed a lot better in low light. The One S is so quick at snapping photos and, if you want to know more, you can read our full review here.

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  • Danno1234hero

    When you post your pictures on here do they loose all the quality ?. I have an S2 and have never had such poor pictures. Yours are all blurey and not very sharp at all. When i upload mine to FB i still see there sharp and crisp. Is it the data loss to this web page or the settings on your phone ?

    • Anonymous

      The pictures are resized for web delivery yes, so there may be some loss in quality. Bear in mind that we are taking shots in extremely bad conditions.
      —-
      Leigh Geary (Gears)
      http://www.coolsmartphone.com

    • C B

      Believe the picture quality of the Samsung Galaxy S2. It is not good at all. Those pictures are accurate. My year old Sensation 4G takes better pictures than my brand new, Samsung Galaxy S2. Such a disappointment because I love how the S2 looks, but I don’t like the camera and browser interface. 

  • C B

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I just got the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the camera is just terrible. I am so disappointed. I’ve been using the HTC Sensation 4G and no phone, so far, has come up to its level. I liked my MyTouch 4G and the HTC G2, until Sensation 4G came along. Then I bought the G2X when it first came out, what a disappointment, so I returned it to stay with my MyTouch 4G.Then got the HTC Sensation when it came out, and fell in love with it. I tried the Amaze for a few days and didn’t like it more than my Sensation, it felt much heavier and smaller.

    Now, I have the Samsung S2, which my brother also have had for 4 months now, and I don’t like the camera and zooming when on the internet browser. My brother thinks that the S2 takes good pictures, but he hasn’t used the Sensation 4G yet so he has no clue what a quality picture from a smartphone looks like.Anyway, I am waiting for the HTC One S and I think this is finally the one to beat the Sensation 4G. As of right now, though, would still rather use my Sensation than the S2, which I am returning.