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?