HTC One Available Today, In Verizon Stores Immediately
Main camera specs?
Let me add that I really want to see HTC succeed! For years I was a huige fan, and had the HTC phones, from the T-Mo SDA through the G1, MT3G, Nexus 1, Droid Inc, etc.
However in 2014 you just CAN'T put 4MP cameras on a high end phone when all other premium phones are 8MP or better, and even el-cheapos have 5MP. I know, the sensor is bigger so the pixels collect more light. But most of us aren't taking photos in the dark, and if we do, a little post processing fixe...
Modern cameras capture many more pixels than are generally useful in the end product, but the extra raw data allows for smart down sampling that removes much (if not all) of the noise and sharpens the image at the target resolution.
Now an "UltraPixel"....THAT is something no one knows what it actually means. Kind of like "Retina" or (most carriers definition of) "4G".
Retina is defined by Apple by the pixels being smaller than the eye can see.
4g is defined by the carriers as Internet speed that is significantly faster than 3g.
"Retina is defined by Apple by the pixels being smaller than the eye can see." Whose eye? At what distance? Is it still "Retina" if it is not an Apple display, even if it otherwise fits the definition? (answer = no)
"4g is defined by the carriers as Internet speed that is significantly faster than 3g." How much faster? At what point does it go from 'Fast 3G' to '4G'?
In any case, my point isn't to bash the One's camera. It may very well be a very good camera for a smartphone. I also hope none of this is coming out in any sort of rude manner, as that is also not my intent. I was just a bit flabbergasted by that assertion that there is no discernible difference between 4MP and ...
There you go for that one.
3G is roughly at its fastest about 2 to 3 mbps. HSPA+ is around 7 to 10. At least in my experience.
As far as everything else you said, I am apparently unable to argue with you because I agree with you.
Now an "UltraPixel"....THAT is something no one knows what it actually means. ...
Actually, HTC has put out white papers explaining what it means. It's their marketing term for a camera sensor with physically larger pixels. The larger pixels gather more light and thus have a number of performance benefits, including less noise and better low-light sensitivity.
The principle is sound, although - as others have pointed out - some high-megapixel-count camera sensors achieve similar performance (or better, depending on the situation) by making different trade-offs.
I'm curious what the pro/cons are between what HTC is doing with their camera (larger pixels but less of them) vs what Nokia does with their PureView stuff (larger image sensors with lots and lots of normal-sized pixels). Both seem to aid in low-light photography.
I definitely think Nokia's phone cameras are better than HTC's, but I imagine there is a lot more going on there than just the image sensor.
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