HTC One Camera Test – Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part ThreeYesterday we updated our HTC One with the very latest patches and tried some low-light shots. We compared it against the 13-megapixel shooter on the Sony Xperia T. Both phones had HDR mode turned on during the test. HDR images capture a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas. Trouble is, I found that the HTC One kept turning off the HDR mode and HDR shots perhaps didn’t come out quite as well as the Xperia T.

This, I’ll confess, bothered me. Why was the HTC One turning the camera setting back to “Normal”? Why did the Xperia T keep the setting?


Either way, I decided to switch the setting back to “Normal” on both cameras and tried some direct comparison shots, this time in various conditions. I’ve taken a few more low-light shots, but I have to confess that the HTC One camera did much better this time.

Below there’s plenty of comparison photos and, in all cases, the HTC One photographs are on the left. Thanks once again to UR Mobile for loaning us the unlocked HTC One for this test..

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

HTC One Camera Test   Part Three

All the HTC One shots can be found in this gallery below..

All the Xperia T shots can be found below..

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  • Aidanapword

    Looks to me that there is not enough in it for one phone to be a “killer” choice relative to the other in camera performance alone.
    Does kind of suggest that an ultrapixel is not a bad thing though.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not like the handset has nothing else going for it. Good camera, fast processor, good sound, the infra-red thing… not to mention some of the software features which look pretty nice. If the Camera is up to par then I’d say it makes it one of the main contenders next to the Xperia Z and the Galaxy S4.

      • Martin

        Nice set of pics Leigh, 50-50 on the comparison I would say.
        Without a doubt the One is right up there with the Z and the S4. It will be down to personal choice and the deals you can get which phone you choose. If the camera is the most important choice when getting a phone then you should really be buying the Nokia 808. I think too much emphasis is being placed on the camera section of the One, the rest of the phone is the best you are going to get and the camera is such a tiny part.
        Check out the low light review here http://www.anandtech.com/show/6747/htc-one-review/7
        The only phone that comes close is the Nokia 920, and the only camera to beat it is a D300S which is a D-SLR.
        Personally, I would take the HTC One camera over the competitors because of its low light capabilities, and these are good due to the fact it is only 4MP.
        Phones on cameras are never going to be better than average quality until they start upping the sensor size and putting a decent lens in front of it like Nokia have done with the 808.
        Check out the sensor size comparison here.
        http://cameraimagesensor.com/size/#193,218,190,26,a
        I know it says HTC One X, but the sensor is the same size as the One. It is tiny, imagine how small the pixels must be to fit on the sensor.
        Compared to one of the best compact cameras on the market it is not that much smaller, but a compact camera has much better glass in front of it.
        I’ll stop now cos I could drone on and on for ages!

  • nigel

    When is this HTC one update coming to Three branded phones

  • Andy Fielder

    Looking forward to a One/S4 comparison.

  • hassan azzouz

    who is the one that took the pics hes hands are like not study at all