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HTC One review | Digital Camera

Published on: Sunday, August 4th 2013                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

HTC One Ultra Pixel camera

HTC One Ultra Pixel camera

Shooting pics with the HTC One

The HTC One does not simply have a digital camera, the Taiwanese company has implemented an UltraPixel camera in the One. The UltraPixel sensor has the largest pixels on a phone, which can capture more light. Therefore, the HTC One is able to take nice photos even in bad lighting conditions. In practice, the difference is certainly visible, the One performs above expectations in difficult lighting. Of course there are moments in which the lighting conditions are good, but we have to conclude that the HTC One does not perform as well, in comparison. The cause is not even the fact that the camera only shoots 4 megapixel resolution photos, but HTC clearly chooses larger pixels instead of more pixels, and we can certainly appreciate that. It is mainly the blurry edges that are noticeable. This has to do with the bright, 28 mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0. This allows the camera to capture light, but it also means that the background is often blurry. In some cases this results in professional images, but it is not always desired. Unfortunately, you cannot adjust the HTC One’s aperture, which means you will experience varying results.

HTC One digital camera

HTC One digital camera

HTC One photo functions

The ImageChip 2 makes a faster autofocus with a more natural dynamic range possible. The optical image stabilization also works well, which delivers relatively sharp images. The color representation is good in daylight as well as evening circumstances. In terms of noise, there is a lot to be said for the HTC One’s image quality. The photo’s details are also not the greatest, but that can be expected with a 4-megapixel sensor. Overall, HTC does not live up to its marketing pitch with the UltraPixel camera. That they are taking a completely different route than the other smartphone manufacturers is certainly not a bad thing, and we do see some clear improvements in comparison with previous HTC models, but we had expected better image quality. You can adjust quite a few settings, such as Night mode, HDR mode, and Panorama mode. The aspect ratio, resolution, lighting, contrast, saturation, focus, ISO, and white balance can be adjusted, and continuous shooting is possible. Further, there are a mere 16 photo filters available, that you can add with one push of a button. The filters are visible and applicable in real time. Afterwards, there are also different possibilities of editing your photos and adding frames.

 

HTC Zoe

HTC Zoe

Photos come alive on the HTC One

One of the new functions that come with the Sense 5 interface is HTC Zoe. A truly fantastic gallery that makes you forget that the photo quality is not completely satisfactory. Not only is the design a beautiful way of leafing through your photos and videos, and it automatically organizes them into folders according to location and date, but the HTC One also makes a lively video presentation with your photo and video files. It is shown in a 30-second compilation, and you can add different types of music to it. You might think that sounds great only on paper, but HTC Zoe is truly a function that you have to experience. It is a very smart program! You can also save the videos that the smartphone makes, and upload them to YouTube, for example. You can share them immediately via HTC Share, and you can make a collage of your best photos. Additionally, there is also a photo editor so that you can add special effects to your photos, or make simple adjustments.

HTC One videos

HTC One videos

Shooting Full HD video with the HTC One

The HTC One shoots 1080p Full HD videos with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. You can easily start shooting a video by pushing the video button within the camera application. All other icons disappear, so that you can use the entire screen. The videos are of good quality, as the camera adjusts the optical image stabilization and the autofocus. The sound is also very clear, thanks to two microphones that record stereo sound. You do notice that the camera sometimes has to search for the right lighting, which means that the brightness has to be adjusted intermittently, which can be quite intrusive. While shooting a video, the 4x digital zoom is available, but as usual, it is not recommended to use it in order to preserve image quality.

 
 
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