Mar 30 AT 2:52 PM Taylor Wimberly 44 Comments

HTC One camera wins shootout with the best Android phones


You already watched the unboxing and the new TV ad, so why not see what the HTC One X camera can do? One of the main things I’m looking forward to in HTC’s new lineup is ImageSense. With this new technology, HTC thinks they can rival digital point and shoot cameras with improvements to every part of the camera, including the lens, the sensor, the software, and even integrating a new custom HTC ImageChip.

Today’s new video demonstrates just how good the HTC One X camera is compared to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Sony Xperia S. We can see the One takes a photo in just 0.7 seconds, and it takes 4 photos per second (max of 99) in the burst mode. Best of all, these exciting new camera features are available across HTC’s entire One lineup (X, S, and V).

I recently found myself using my camera more than ever, and I admit that I’m a little disappointed with the Galaxy Nexus camera. It can take great photos, but it’s slow to start up and it struggles with low light situations.  It’s nice to see HTC raise the bar for camera phones, and we hope more handset makers follow.

How important is camera performance for your next smartphone purchase?

Highlights of HTC ImageSense include:

  • Superfast Capture - HTC One dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture those key moments. In just 0.7 seconds you’re able to take a shot, and with a new superfast 0.2-seconds autofocus, continue to take nearly unlimited continuous shots simply by holding the shutter button.
  • Good photos in adverse conditions - HTC One delivers dramatic enhancements in image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting. The f/2.0 lens on the HTC One X and HTC One S offers best-in-class performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones. HTC One also includes HDR, a market-leading technology, for taking great photos even when there are varying levels of brightness.
  • Video Pic (Concurrent Video/Still Capture) - With Video Pic you capture a photo and shoot video at the same time. Now, while you’re shooting HD video, all you have to do is tap the shutter button and it snaps a high-resolution still photo while the video continues to shoot. You are also able to capture a photo frame from a previously recorded video.
  • Dropbox integrated with HTC Sense - HTC One gives you an easy way to save and share your photos and videos. HTC has integrated Dropbox into HTC Sense 4 enabling HTC One customers to get 25 gigabytes of free Dropbox space for two years. That’s enough to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. Dropbox is also integrated throughout HTC Sense 4, so it’s easy to edit, save and share your documents and other kinds of files.
  • Sharing your photos and more - HTC One gives you a new way to share your photos and videos. When you plug in HTC’s wireless Media Link HD* accessory into your TV’s HDMI port, you can easily share your photos, videos, or anything else on your phone with your friends, family or colleagues regardless of the television’s brand as long as it has HDMI.
Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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