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Galaxy Note II pier with flash
I am in the process of testing out the HTC One and wanted to post some photo samples to go along with the Zoes and video highlights I wrote about earlier this week. This is not a scientific camera test, but a test of typical scenarios where I might go around taking photos.
If you want to know more about the details of camera in phones, then I highly recommend you visit and read Brian Klug's excellent presentation on physical limitations and the current technology in phones. He also has a great article on the HTC One camera and I look forward to his camera phone test.
In the meantime, you can browse through this gallery to check out a few photos I took with the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Of course, the Nokia N8 and 808 PureView blow these out of the water and can be used instead of point and shoot cameras. However, no one is going to buy either of these older Symbian smartphones so there is no point in showing a comparison for readers looking for a new smartphone that happens to take decent enough photos.
The HTC One did very well and I can finally say I can get by with an HTC device as my full time phone. The BB Z10 held its own in some situations. The iPhone 5 software is the simplest, but I still do like most of the photos it churns out. The Note II did better than I expected, while the Lumia 920 disappointed a bit.
We have to resize images for the ZDNet gallery, but feel free to go visit my Flickr set for full resolution images as they were captured.
HTC One pier no flash Zoe still
This particular photo is one captured frame from a 3 second Zoe. 20 still images are captured when you take a Zoe and this is just one of the 20.
HTC One pier with no flash
Notice how much of the ferris wheel HTC One captures with no lighting. Great low light capability here.