The results of this shootout between the HTC One’s “UltraPixels” camera and the Lumia 920’s PureView unit indicate that my suspicions were right. I shall

This Is Where The UltraPixels Myth Ends

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The results of this shootout between the HTC One’s “UltraPixels” camera and the Lumia 920’s PureView unit indicate that my suspicions were right. I shall comment no further. The top shot is from the Lumia 920, while the lower one is from the One.

Lumia 920 versus HTC One Cameras
A quote from the reviewer:

This is a true low-light test of the Lumia 920 vs HTC One, with the shots being taken in a dark environment around 9 PM. The Lumia 920 is not only sharper in the image it produces, but it’s also brighter and clearer. The lighting delivered by the HTC One appears closer to the amount of lighting I perceived at the time, but the quality of the shot is not necessarily better.

Check out more comparison shots at Neowin via AAWP

10 comments

  1. The 920 that magically infuses light into photography? Can they use a different camera on a mobile phone (say S3 or Iphone 5) altogether?
    But I’ve to wonder at the true meaning of “ultrapixel”

  2. “The lighting
    delivered by the HTC One
    appears closer to the
    amount of lighting I
    perceived at the time”

    That statement says a lot!!!!

  3. … The lighting delivered by the HTC One appears closer to the amount of lighting I perceived at the time, but the quality of the shot is not necessarily better.

    This is really saying something. The author did acknowledge that the HTC produced colours that are more natural or closer to what the eyes can see. I think the image from the Lumia 920 is more appealing, but is it a representation of reality? The author also said the Lumia 920 produced sharper image here. That is also something. I will say that the HTC can hold its own against the existing smartphones in market in terms of camera, based on what we have at hand, but more reviews will be needed to conclude on the capabilities of the HTC One camera.

  4. I guess because amateur photography is now so Instagrammd, the shot from the Lumia 920 might be appealing for many.

    I’m with Koweiszki on this – I prefer the natural looking pic taken by the HTC One.

  5. There are several factors to picture quality. These include: level of details, colour resolution, brightness, sharpness, among others.

    Here’s a rule of thumb for me: greater details cannot be added once a picture is taken. Colours and almost everything else, however, can be adjusted. As such, I always take the camera that produces the more detailed picture. PC software can adjust the colours of pictures, but no software can improve detail quality. This 4 megapixel thing is just a bad idea in my books. The Lumia 920 clearly outshines the HTC One in details.

    As quoted, it “is not only sharper in the image it produces, but it’s also brighter and clearer”. That’s a whole lot of factors going for the 920 shot against just colours for the HTC One.

    My approach.

  6. Here’s from GSM Arena’s HTC One vs. iPhone 5 camera shootout:

    Overall, we were a bit disappointed that we didn’t see the promised spectacular improvement from the newly developed camera system of the HTC One. Sure, it equaled the iPhone 5 in resolved detail in one or two cases and that’s great, having in mind it only has half the resolution, but most of the time the results were of lower quality. We don’t mean to say the HTC One takes bad pictures – it’s just on the contrary, they are quite good and we bet the optical image stabilization will help it take much better handheld photos in low light when compared to most other smartphones.

    The HTC One camera produces good shots, but often of lower quality than the current crop of flagship cameraphones do. I said it would be so. This UltraPixel thing doesn’t move us forward. It is nothing revolutionary.

    As a matter of fact, in good lighting, it will fall back even further, because low lighting is supposed to be its forte, and we are not seeing anything spectacular in low-light scenarios.

  7. I will go with the capture that is more natural.. That’s the HTC ONE. But what happens when taking shots in day light? The 4mp won’t be enough for sufficient details definitely.

  8. It’s true that the HTC shot looks more natural but I think I’d go with the Lumia image here. In comparison like this, a high end DSLR would have been used to take a third shot as a control. A shot taken in Helsinki by 9pm in winter and summer will vary a lot and make natural shot look filtered.

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