Summer photo shoot with HTC One, Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 928 (Gallery)

Summer photo shoot with HTC One, Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 928 (Gallery)

Summary: In this gallery I show several photos taken with three high end smartphones in typical summer time situations. Even though the HTC One uses a unique ultrapixel approach, it still holds its own against Nokia 8.7 megapixel cameras.

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  • Lumia

    The lumia bodies exhibit a lot of color cast in some images but, I wish HTC went with a 7 MP camera as that seemed to be the sweet spot for that size sensor.
    slickjim
  • Wondering if you are sponsored by HTC...

    Everybody knows that the Sensor of the 925 is much bigger, 8.7 is much more as the HTC. So you did on purpose no cropping pictures. That makes me wonder why? I think you are "biased" in this. Did not expect a thing like this from ZDNet. Did you get the HTC One for free?
    Herman Van Der Blom
    • come on

      @herman van der blom, what's with the conspiracy theories? he specifically points out that images from the HTC One lose depth when zoomed in. he also states that this was not a scientific test, and more for the everyday user.
      caseyindc
    • sigh

      the only person biased here is you.
      DejaVu2
    • Bought the One and 925 with own money

      Did you read my text? I gave you all the link to full res Flickr shots where you can go check them all out yourself. The limited ZDNet gallery is just good for thumbnails.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • At the end of the day.....

    There are minor differences with the devices, but unless I'm making 8x11 prints, I don't see that much difference. The nokia seem slightly sharper on the back end, but the HTC One seems to have a wider angle on the front.

    At the end of the day, there is little to say that this camera will sway me on a handset purchase. Both HTC, Samsung, Apple and Nokia do camera well (during the daylight at least). The difference are too minor for a typical user to base their decision on. I'd rather be on Android at this point in time, so if I had these three choices, I would choose HTC One.
    casualsuede
    • you never know

      Trouble is, you never know if this particular shot will be worth making a 8x11 print and hanging it on the wall. Most of the time, you won't get a chance to go pick up a good camera to retake the picture, so I'd rather have a phone capable of taking print-worthy pictures. For 400x600 pixel thumbnails to post online, even 1-2 megapixels is more than enough, so we shouldn't be comparing cameras on the basis of that use.
      o888
  • Huge Fail camera test

    I like reading your blogs but this one is the pits.

    1 photos need to be side by side for proper comparison not the format of zdnet.

    2 Most people look at photos on laptop, desktop, or TV so we need larger photo sizes for a proper comparison. If we were to only use our phone screen or camera display to view photos ANY camera would be fine.

    3 I saved one photo to my desktop and it was only 280kb. So even if I went to the trouble of copying all the photos to do a proper comparison it would have been a waste of time.

    I started a thread over on wpcentral "How will the competition counter the 1020's camera". I guess this is one way.
    calfee20
    • Download full size from Flickr if you want

      Did you read my text? I gave you all the link to full res Flickr shots where you can go check them all out yourself. The limited ZDNet gallery is just good for thumbnails.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Missed that

        Sorry.......Removing foot from mouth
        calfee20
  • will not last two years

    Just gave up on my Samsung Galaxy S last week to get a new Nokia Lumia. Am I pleased with the decision. Samsung Galaxy S would freeze in the middle of an incoming call. If a phone cannot take a call, it's not a smartphone, neither is it a phone. Little brother, HTC, is not likely to be any better.
    The_observer
  • Appreciate the effort

    While I appreciate the effort you put, the image gallery format (which you stated is no good), hurts the article so much that it becomes useless.

    Most 3 year old smartphone cameras make photos that look good at that size. Most smartphone cameras don't deliver good pictures for me, because a good picture is one that I can show to someone else on an HD screen.

    So the questions I have about the camera of any smartphone are:

    1. Does it ever make good pictures (sharp on a 20+'' full HD screen)
    2. Under which circumstances can it make good pictures
    3. Sharpness after zoom (I hope this becomes relevant with the 1020)

    I would like to read an atricle that answers these questions with side to side image comparisions.
    Sacr
    • Wpcentral

      Go to the forums on wpcentral there are a lot of threads on the new 1020. The one on the 808 vs the 1020 has a lot of amazing photos in it.

      sorry for double post
      calfee20
  • Wpcentral

    Go to the forums on wpcentral there are a lot of threads on the new 1020. The one on the 808 vs the 1020 has a lot of amazing photos in it.
    calfee20
  • ZDNET...YOUR FORUM SOFTWARE SUCKS!

    I ATTEMPTED TO PROVIDE A RESPONSE TO SOMEONE IN THIS THREAD AND YOUR FUCKING SPAM FILTER WOULDN'T LET ME POST IT. SO HERE I AM WRITING A EXPLETIVE FILLED FUCKING POST HOPING YOU'LL FUCKING GET YOUR ACT FUCKING TOGETHER AND FIX THIS FUCKING SOFTWARE! PLEASE FOR THE FUCKING LOVE OF GOD GET SOMETHING NEW. IT'S FUCKING RIDICULOUS TO SPENDING TIME WRITING A MESSAGE ONLY TO HAVE IT REJECTED BY YOUR FUCKING ANTI-SPAM SOFTWARE THAT DOESN'T STOP REAL FUCKING SPAM!
    ye
  • settings

    what are your settings on HTC ONE i cant seem to get great pictures like your samples.Thanks
    elguero28
    • Auto only, nothing special

      I took the photos in auto only since that is what the majority of people do. I know you can likely get better with more customized settings, but never see people changing the out of box mode.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • Good pictures...

      I was on a party. Saw two people taking pictures on that Party. One had a Note 2 the other a Lumia 920. The pictures on the 920 are far better and represent "real life" pictures. The pictures shown on this ZDNet must be sponsored in some way, because like other people are already telling you can make pictures like that almost with any phone nowadays.
      Herman Van Der Blom
  • Lumia 925 Looks Best

    As you said, quality is subjective, but to me there is a clear victor. To start off, I do like the HTC's camera a lot and I have been impressed with other examples of its abilities compared to the iPhone or Galaxy. Despite its lower megapixel count, it punches above its weight class where it counts in clarity, low light shots, and color. However, the only clear HTC victory in your shots is the panorama, which showcases the superior photo-stitching algorithm over the Nokias. The colors also seem vibrant, yet better balanced on the HTC here.

    That said, no matter how stupidly high the megapixel count on phones climbs, their major deficit compared to a D-SLR or even a good point-and-shoot is the tiny lens. Their is justification for the scaled down optics on a phone, but it results in a loss of detail that manifests as graininess in full size photos. It can even appear to the eye as overly aggressive JPG compression. As you state, this doesn't matter much on small smartphone screens or social networks, but viewed as a true photo, and striving for the most professional results, this is where phones come up short. Simply put, the phone that can minimize the graininess, sand, and artifacts that blemish their photos is the best if it is competent elsewhere.

    The Nokias flat out rule here. Look through all of the HTC images, particularly at the corners, and notice how bad the artifacts are, even over simple solids like the blue sky. The iPhone also has issues with massive graininess at all but the fastest ISO speeds. No one wants their skin turned to acne with artifacts all over it, and that majestic sunset looses its frame-worthiness as it breaks down into digital cubes. That's how I see it anyway.
    eb110americana
    • Tiny lens

      "no matter how stupidly high the megapixel count on phones climbs, their major deficit compared to a D-SLR or even a good point-and-shoot is the tiny lens."

      But look at your eye -- it's a tiny lens, about the size of those in the phones, and yet the image from each of our eyes is of order 50 megapixels (assuming 1 arcmin resolution and about 120 deg field of view), with a huge dynamic range. So there is hope for phone cameras -- somebody just needs to push the technology. Good that Nokia (as well as Sony and HTC) are doing that.
      o888