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Feature: HTC One Ultrapixels vs. iPhone 5

4.0By Reuben Levine April 25, 2013 07:16 PM

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Feature: HTC One Ultrapixels vs. iPhone 5

Now that we've gotten our hands on the HTC One, we've decided to give the camera a little test drive. The HTC One uses what HTC have dubbed an Ultrapixel camera which uses a larger-than-average sensor. The true megapixel count of the One, however, is 4. HTC hope to prove that a large megapixel count is more marketing than truth when it comes to quality images. The iPhone 5 camera sports an 8 megapixel camera. Is there actually a difference?

The first image of each set will be the HTC One.


HTC One

 
 iPhone 5

So right of the bat we can see a substantial difference. While the iPhone 5 image is darker, the HTC One image appears slightly over-exposed. Even though the iPhone 5 produced a darker image, it appears to be more natural than the HTC One version.

  
HTC One

 iPhone 5

The difference is harder to tell when outside. Both phones appear to capture the image naturally. It's difficult to perceive, but the One has the slight edge here.


HTC One


iPhone 5

So again we see a clear difference here. In this case, the One captures the natural light much better than the iPhone 5 does. However, the iPhone 5 produces richer tones, with colors more saturated. Somewhere in-between would probably be best, but it looks like the One might have the slight edge here again.

There is a difference between the cameras, with the One performing technically better in low-light conditions. That doesn't necessarily mean that it captures a more accurate picture, however, as it tends to overcompensate and the resulting image is a tad brighter than the reality. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 images tend to be on the dark side. It should also be noted that at only 4 megapixels, the HTC One images don't hold up as well when blown-up. The actual difference might just be subjective. Possibly too dark or too bright? Take your pick.

We'll have more HTC One features in the coming days. In the meantime, you can pick up all your HTC Ones accessories right here. 


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