public function meta_viewport() { return ‘width=device-width’; }
G4Games » Gadgets » HTC One vs iPhone 5 – UltraPixel Technology Seems To Make A Difference

HTC One vs iPhone 5 – UltraPixel Technology Seems To Make A Difference

by Mihai Matei on February 26, 2013

HTC One vs iPhone 5 – It Will Be Quite A Battle


Ever since the HTC One has been unveiled we’ve been quite impressed by its wonderful spec-sheet and by the gadget’s design, but one thing that we’re all curious about is whether or not the new camera “formula” actually works.

In case you’re not familiar with the concept behind it, HTC’s “Ultrapixel” technology replaced the idea of fitting a sensor with a high amount of megapixels. As we all know, megapixels are not everything, and in fact, if you’re looking for high quality images with good exposure and such, you should be looking elsewhere than the amount of MP.

Anyhow, today we’re finally going to get an answer to this question, and we’ll see whether or not the Ultrapixel concept works. More details after the break.

HTC One vs iPhone 5 - UltraPixel Technology Seems To Make A Difference

HTC One vs iPhone 5 – UltraPixel Technology Seems To Make A Difference

HTC One vs iPhone 5 – Camera

Evidently, since we’re going to take a look at the camera capabilities of the HTC One, we’re going to compare it with the iPhone 5, as everyone else does, simply because the Apple flagship has one of the best sensors around.

The results? Well, surprisingly enough (or perhaps not), the Ultrapixel sensor on the HTC One seems to offer a higher image quality than iPhone 5′s shooter, despite the fact that it has the equivalent of 4 megapixels.

Take a look at the images below and see for yourself (HTC One on top, iPhone 5 below).

HTC One (top) vs iPhone 5  (bottom)

HTC One (top) vs iPhone 5 (bottom)

As you can see, in the first image the iPhone 5 overexposes the image, while the HTC One manages to get the right exposure. The macro shot is also better with the One, simply because of its wide-angle lens and the fact that it’s able to capture more detail and light.


Lastly, although both last shots suffer from excessive noise, the Ultrapixel sensor does a slightly better job at detailing out the still-life scenery.

All in all, we’re very pleased by the fact that HTC has finally put some effort into its flagship phone’s camera. Previous smartphones were not awful in this regard, but they didn’t shine either. Now it really seems that the One has a shot at being a great high-end choice, and the camera quality makes it even better. Now we’re eager to see how HTC One’s Optical Image Stabilization and HDR features can improve video recording. If it passes those tests as well, we clearly have a winner here.

Thanks Phone Arena for sharing the HTC One vs iPhone 5 camera shots.

  • http://heupable.tumblr.com Ed

    You haven’t done the iPhone justice. Maybe if you waited a second before snapping the iPhone would have adjusted the exposure. It’s obvious in the photo that the iPhone has an exposure locked onto the background shadows so it’s brightening the whole photo to compensate. You should have tapped on her face first when you focussed.

    The iPhone shot of the flower isn’t even centred not to mention the colours are richer. Are you sure you aren’t being paid by HTC for this review? Because it looks like you’ve intentionally done a crap job.

Previous post:

Next post: