For mobile phone photographers, the two big news coming out of Mobile World Congress this year in Barcelona are the Nokia 808 PureView and the new HTC One X smartphone. The former is a beast with a 41-megapixel camera, bright Xenon flash, and a true successor to the venerable Nokia N8 while the latter shows HTC’s commitment to users and the camera space after having trailed rivals like Apple in the mobile photography arena. The HTC One X smartphone was announced with an all-new camera technology from HTC, and the company is showing off some sample images of what the new smartphone’s camera is capable of.
As we’ve found out through HTC’s announcement, the HTC One series have a large f/2.0 aperture, a dedicated HTC ImageChip for photo processing, a backside-iluminated sensor that lets in more light, and a variable and controllable LED flash to control the brightness to prevent overexposures when using the flash. The company boasts that it has made improvements to ‘every part of the camera,’ including the sensor, lens, software, sensor, and now even a new image processor.
So what does all that mean for the end-user?
For one, it means you can capture images faster, ensuring you don’t miss out on the moment.
HTC One dramatically reduces the time it takes to take pictures. In just 0.7 seconds you’re able to take a shot. A with a new superfast 0.2-seconds autofocus, you can take nearly unlimited continuous shots simply by holding the shutter button.
Also, a wide aperture and a BSI sensor means that you’d get better quality shots in low-light. HTC’s now adding HDR capabilities so you can get shots in bright or low-light conditions without losing a lot of details.
Improved image quality with low light, no light or bright backlighting. The f/2.0 lens on the HTC One X and HTC One S captures 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones. HTC One also includes HDR, which improves pictures when in direct sun light.
And the cool part is that you can capture a photo and a picture at the same time! While video is recording, you can capture a high resolution image to get stills of the moment so that you no longer have to choose between snapping a picture or shooting a video.
Capture a photo and shoot video at the same time. Tap the shutter button while recording HD video to capture a high-resolution still photo while the phone continues to record video. Users can also capture a photo frame from a previously recorded video.
We’ll definitely have to get a One X when it is released to put through the paces and see if the camera lives up to its promises.
Via: Android and Me