MWC – How good is the HTC One camera, really?

HTC have been extremely vocal about the camera capabilities of their latest flagship, the HTC One. Having had chance to get hold of the device this week and actually take some photos we decided it would be fun to compare against some other camera phones on the market.

I think you’ll be surprised by the result..


We were limited by the phones we had on us, but we had Nokia’s best Lumia device for imaging, the Nokia Lumia 920, and my Galaxy Note 2 (which performs identically to the most popular Android handset out there, the Galaxy S3)

Now, it’s only fair to point out that the HTC One may not be running final software, however this is what HTC are showing, so it should at least be representative of the final version’s performance.

Enough talk from me, let’s get on to the pictures!

First up, the HTC One. All of the below pictures were taken at HTC’s stand, using automatic settings.

HTC ONE

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

Nokia Lumia 920

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

MWC   How good is the HTC One camera, really?

I’m not that impressed with the One’s camera. We were also taken into a dark room, in order to highlight the One’s abilities in low light. Whilst I was unable to transfer the pictures we took, let me tell you, the Lumia 920 DESTROYED the One. No contest.

I will get the original sample images uploaded as soon as possible, but this should give you an idea of what to expect. Try it for yourself, but so far, I’m not impressed.

Update – We have had confirmation from HTC that the One handsets on the stands are definitely NOT running the final software. We will test the device more fully when the retail unit becomes available.

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  • Martin

    Not impressive at all. All the hype and it comes to naught :( Apart from the bottom HTC picture (which looks identical to the top 920 picture) they look washed out, perhaps over exposed. Is everything supposed to have a purple hue to it?

  • Did you get chance to test the Xperia Z at the same time – if so how did it compare?

  • Simon

    This is terrbile, what are HTC jumping up and down about? They have always lacked in the camera department and I’m afraid this is just another example.

  • Trapper

    What pictures…? Am I the only one not seeing any pictures?

  • Joleen

    This can’t be right, there must be something wrong with the lens on the ONE. My Moto does much better than this.

  • In poorly lit conditions, the Lumia still struggles with “AUTO” settings (I know because I own one) but overall the camera performs admirably.

  • gokul

    something wrong…..the last photo from htc one and the first photo from L920 are same…. i think those photos are same which taken by htc one