Oct 24 AT 10:31 AM Nick Gray 11 Comments

New HTC One (M8 EYE) outperforms HTC One (M8) in camera battle


HTC has received a lot of criticism for the UltraPixel camera in its last two flagship phones. The sensor can only capture 4 megapixels worth of data, but HTC is convinced that the larger pixels allow the HTC One (M8) and last year’s HTC One (M7) to capture better low-light pictures and deliver a batter overall camera experience. In our review of the HTC One (M8), we gave the UltraPixel camera a passing grade. But we’ve always wondered: how much better would the One (M8) be if HTC simply used a good 13-megapixel sensor like most other manufacturers? HTC has given us the answer to that question with the new HTC One (M8 EYE).

On the surface, the HTC One (M8 EYE) looks identical to the HTC One (M8). The two phones share all the same internal components, save for their front and rear-facing cameras. The resolution on the One (M8 EYE) front camera has not changed, but it doesn’t have the same 88-degree wide angle view that we’ve seen on the HTC One flagships for the past two years. But the real change comes with the 13-megapixel DuoCamera setup on the back of the phone, giving users a 225 percent pixel count bump. We know that more pixels doesn’t always translate to better pictures, but the sensor that HTC chose for the HTC One (M8 EYE) makes us think that HTC’s UltraPixel days may soon be a thing of the past.

Unleash the Phones has put together an extensive gallery that compares sample pictures from the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One (M8 EYE). The UltraPixel sensor is still able to capture more light in low-light situations, but the 13-megapixel sensor from the One (M8 EYE) does a spectacular job or capturing crisp pictures in nearly every scenario imaginable. We’re included a few comparison shots between the two phones, but we suggest you take a closer look at the full gallery on Unleash the Phones.

Do you think HTC should ditch UltraPixel and re-join the megapixel race?

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Via: HTC Source

Source: Unleash the Phones

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Harold Goldner

    In low light conditions, ultrapixel wins; in all other cases megapixels win (and ultrapixels appear to have issues properly rendering colors). I always thought the ultrapixel stuff was just marking hocum. It was a lame excuse for underpowered cameras in flagship devices. HTC has apparently seen the “light.” Pun intended.

  • Adam

    Then there was the horrendous problem afflicting many M7s where low light pictures had a pink or purple tint. I thought mine was a software glitch, but it turned out to be a manufacturing defect. Luckily, Sprint replaced mine – once I said to the operator “Google HTCOne and Purple Camera.” Thousands had it.

  • paul griffiths

    Sorry, but ultra pixel is so much more realistic, we don’t all live in Disney land were the sun still shines at night. It’s the real world with ultra pixel lets not gloss it over. Go HTC and keep it real.

  • Peter

    I do love my M7 which also has OIS which is not in the M8. I think that they made a huge mistake by including a depth sensor instead of not increasing the ultrapixel to say 6 or 8 MP or by not including OIS. I simply never use the flash on my M7 as it isn’t needed.

    • Jade

      They can’t. HTC have said they can’t get the Ultrapixel technology working above 4MP. Higher megapixels means they lose the Ultrapixel technology which is brilliant. The average person doesn’t need high megapixels for everyday use.

      • Peter

        :( Well that explains that. They should experiment with have two cameras on the back, one ultrapixel and a normal higher one. Then you would have the best of both worlds. I think the depth sensor is a waste of space in the phone. But too be honest I’m happy with the 4MP but Apple probably have the sweet spot with 8MP.

      • Charlie

        They can’t get it to work above 4MP because if they try to fit let’s say 8 megapixels with each pixel is an ultrapixel (2.0microns), the camera sensor would be larger, thus requiring a larger housing. Meaning, HTC One would likely have a camera hump that is at least an inch think, or the entire phone would be at least an inch thick. Ultrapixel isn’t a “technology” it’s just a marketing term for “bigger than normal” pixels. That’s it! There are even bigger pixels found on DSLRs but we don’t call them “Ultrapixels”.

        Even if they increase the pixel count, they can still call it an “Ultrapixel Camera” since this marketing term only focuses on pixel size and not the pixel count. They will surely make a much thicker phone if they did that though.

  • Craig

    I take most of my pictures in our home (my children), the pub or restaurant with friends or family. For sports and vacations, I have a real camera that is better than any phone. Almost all of my snapshots are in low light. The M8 UltraPixel is awesome for my needs. Better than my last Samsung Galaxy.

  • addy

    Many people don’t understand how low light ultra pixel work, HTC know. Even with 4mp ultra pixel, it keep the photo real life alive . Just hope HTC will improve their research on ultra pixel and improve it more more better. Keep it up HTC

  • Steven

    Honestly it doesn’t look that different to me.

  • kaygee

    soon after buying the htc one m8 i realized there is another one coming with 13 megapixels at most probably the same cost. feeling awesome!