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HTC One Photo Samples Show Ultrapixel Capabilities



The HTC One release approaches as HTC ramps up the hype for the HTC One Ultrapixel camera in the form of several high-resolution HTC One photo samples.

HTC is playing up the HTC One Ultrapixel camera big, something it’s been doing since the launch event in February, and in addition to the HTC Zoes photo samples we previously shared we now get a look at several HTC One photo samples at a higher resolution.

Keep in mind that HTC handed the HTC One off to several professional photographers to get these photos, so it’s not exactly the results that end users might see, but it illustrates what the HTC One camera is capable of.

On the HTC blog, we get a look at four HTC One photo samples from professional photographers Erik Krebs and Rick Takagi. According to the HTC blog moderator the photographer took these images and uploaded them directly from the HTC One, with no Photoshop involved.

Let’s take a closer look at the HTC One photo samples, and what HTC wants to show off with each image.

HTC One Photo Sample – 8 frames / second

In the HTC One photo sample below, Eric Krebs captures a quarter bouncing off a mirror, sending colorful dust flying. Capturing a shot like this is no doubt tricky, but HTC claims the ability to capture eight frames per second makes it possible.

HTC One photo sample showing off the ability to capture eight frames per second.

HTC One photo sample showing off the ability to capture eight frames per second.

The company points to other cameras capable of capturing four and eight frames per second costing $1,000 and up. By capturing multiple frames the HTC One user can pick just the right shot.

HTC One Photo Sample – Macro

In the second HTC One photo sample, we get a look at the detail a HTC One can deliver. This macro shot of a pile of marbles shows off the slight bokeh, or ability to bring the focus to the front marbles while the background is slightly blurred. A good bokeh can help draw a viewer’s eye to the focal point of a photo. The iPhone is also capable of delivering a bokeh affect, so keep in mind this is not a HTC One exclusive feature.

An HTC One photo sample showing off the macro capabilities and bokeh on the HTC One.

An HTC One photo sample showing off the macro capabilities and bokeh on the HTC One.

In this sample we also get a look at the ability to capture the detail on the marbles. Check out the full size image and look at the pitting on the marbles closest to the camera.

HTC One Photo Sample – Child Photo

Rick Takagi delivers a great looking photo of a child taken with the HTC One, as shown below. The caption for this image on the HTC blog highlights the ability to adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness, ISO, white balance and more on the HTC One to take the best looking photo. The HTC One also lets users tap to select light metering, to further control the photo.

A HTC One photo sample showing a child portrait.

A HTC One photo sample showing a child portrait.

Keep in mind Takagi is an experienced photographer, so the HTC One alone will not deliver professional looking portraits of your precious child every time, but there is the opportunity to take control of photos taken with the HTC One.

HTC One Photo Sample – Texture and Detail

The HTC One blog features the full image, but in the crop below it’s possible to take a look at the texture and color of this Peacock feather. The original photo is 2688×1520, cropped down to 562 x 318.

A 100% crop of an HTC One photo sample.

A 100% crop of an HTC One photo sample.

Here we can see the HTC One Ultrapixel camera’s ability to show detail and colors.

Read: Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 vs. HTC One: Best Smartphone Screen Battle

The HTC One release date is in flux as HTC struggles to get enough Ultrapixel cameras from suppliers. The HTC One is available in several markets, but delays are pushing back widespread release timing to later this week in the UK. The U.S. HTC One release date is still listed as by the end of April, though rumors suggest this may change.

The HTC One features a 4.3MP Ultrapixel camera, a 1080P 4.7-inch display and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor. The HTC One is destined for T-Mobile and AT&T with the 64GB HTC One shaping up as an AT&T Exclusive. There are rumors of a Verizon HTC One, or at least a variant that could be the Droid DNA 2 or replace the Droid DNA.



  1. photog

    04/01/2013 at 8:57 am

    “Keep in mind Takagi is an experienced photographer, so the HTC One alone will not deliver professional looking portraits of your precious child every time, but there is the opportunity to take control of photos taken with the HTC One.”

    That’s right. But it’s still good to see sample pictures of smartphone cameras which also are artistically pleasing, because that almost never happens. Actually, the sample pictures almost always horrible.

  2. matsudo

    04/01/2013 at 12:32 pm

    My first HTC was the HTC HD. I have had the HTC windows phone 7, the evo 4g, the evo shift, the evo 3d, and I’m using the evo lte. I was happy to try the HTC one with no SD slot due to I could skeleton down my music, anime, games, root stuff and go with a 64gb but WHAT HTC wants is for all the stupid people that don’t even know what they have in there hands to go and buy ONE. (Lol). They don’t care about cell phone lovers like us. HTC , hasta la vista baby. P.s I will not be back!!!

    • The Rock

      04/01/2013 at 2:13 pm

      Matsudo are u going through every site and bash HTC, what in the world is wrong with u, I just saw this comment on another article about HTC, put back your samsung loving tail in your behind and stop trying to displease people of the beauty this ONE smartphone has, WE ARE SURROUNDED BY IDIOTS, IDIOTS!!!

  3. DEMON

    04/01/2013 at 6:28 pm

    Very nice pictures cannot wait to get my Htc one :-)

  4. Sidney Atta-Ekanan

    04/01/2013 at 8:37 pm

    So, does this mean that Galaxy S4 can not captured this kind of photos? Is that the reason for this samples?

  5. Derrick McGalliard

    04/01/2013 at 9:33 pm

    Yep Sidney S4 sucks

  6. The Curt

    04/02/2013 at 6:09 am

    The Rock, please let matsudo do his thing. You and I are wise and will be the only two to have (well Demon too) the most awesome phone in the world while everyone goes and buys an iPone or a Samstunk

  7. Riley

    04/02/2013 at 6:36 am

    I am so excited to try out the new UltraPixel camera on the HTC One. The 1080p display should work wonders for viewing pictures on as well as movies and shows. Given that it takes some time to get to work at DISH, I like to keep myself busy by watching my live and recorded shows on my phone. I am able to stream from my DVR wherever I am going with the DISH Anywhere app and I think it should work wonderfully on a full HD display.

  8. м ч × Φ м α † ● s €

    04/03/2013 at 3:27 am

    “..features a 4.3MP Ultrapixel camera..”

    I don’t understand, isn’t one of the main points of the ultrapixel camera (apart from snapping very good shots, of course) trying to help us stop thinking about the silly old megapixel count?.. so, paying no attention to the fact that they’re 4.3, are they megapixels or ultrapixels? could someone explain it to me propperly?

    • John

      04/04/2013 at 10:23 am

      Ultrapixel is just a marketing term HTC came up with to make it sound better for the average Joe, it has nothing to do with megapixels.

      Digital cameras all have a sensor called a CCD, it operates a bit like old fashioned film. On the CCD you have millions of little light sensors that turn incoming light into a digital signal that can be decoded into a color. Because the sensors are so tiny and packed into such a small area each one only gets hit with a handful of photons, so it’s very easy to get a wrong reading. This is why digital photos often look noisy, especially in low light conditions.

      Until now the race has been to squeeze more of these sensors into the CCD, the idea being that you can smooth out some of the errors by just averaging groups of these sensors. At 13 MP (like the Galaxy S4) you could get a final image resolution of 5000×2600, which is probably very noisy but can be smoothed out by shrinking the image to maybe half the size.

      HTC decided to break this trend. Instead of packing more of the same sensors onto the CCD they decided to make them bigger. Bigger sensors can pick up more light, which means they should produce more accurate results especially when there’s isn’t much light to begin with (low light conditions). And since they’re bigger there’s less of them, 4.3 million vs 13 million for the S4, meaning the final resolution of the image is also less, namely 2688×1520.

      Even if this Ultrapixel technology does give more accurate results I’d still recommend shrinking the final images by at least 25%, either in Photoshop or some photo editing app. Noise is unavoidable in these tiny cameras and it’ll help smooth that out. You’ll notice the pictures above are much smaller than 2688×1520 for just that reason.

      Hope that helps.

      • м ч × Φ м α † ● s €

        04/04/2013 at 12:27 pm

        yes very much, thanx a lot.. but still (I hope you don’t mind that I insist): you said it has nothing to do with megapixels but later you say there’s less of ‘them’ because ‘they’re bigger, I know with that ‘they’ you were referring to ‘sensors’ but I’d like to know if that’s just a different word you used for pixels (since you end up saying there’s 4.3 million of ‘them’ in the one and 13 million in the s4).. then if that’s the case, it means that the pixels ARE bigger

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