The UltraPixel camera on the HTC One is just one of the handset’s many flagship features; you could argue that it’s the biggest selling point of the device. Sure, the display is fantastic, and the industrial design is in a league of its own, but Android devices aren’t well known for their cameras. The One was supposed to remedy that. Supposed to.
In early hands-on reports and reviews, feelings on the One’s camera were mixed. It performed exceptionally well in low-light situations, but in well lit conditions, the results were less than impressive. Thanks to an over abundance of image processing, images produced from the HTC One often appeared blurry, noisy and messy at any sort of crop. Fortunately for HTC, the issues plaguing the One’s potentially amazing camera were relatively easy to sort out and will be fixed with a software update.
According to the Singapore-based HardwareZone, after recently swapping out an HTC One review unit, it was noted that the camera firmware had been updated from the previous handset they had been testing, and luckily, had already taken sample pictures with. HardwareZone was able to compare images taken with the first One running the older firmware, with their newer model, and the results speak for themselves.
The photos taken with the newer firmware are miles better. Other than a few issues at ISO 800, the sample pictures provided don’t even look like they’re from the same camera. With this new firmware, the One will quite possibly have the best camera on any mobile device. Period.
Be sure to visit the source link for a full set of comparison pictures to see the difference for yourself. Does knowing the One’s camera is going to be better than originally thought make you excited? I know I can’t wait to get my hands on one for myself.