HTC One Update Coming in April to Improve Camera Quality; Includes Before & After Examples

| March 25, 2013 | 14 Replies

HTC ONE Camera

There’s no doubt about it, HTC has some of the best camera software out there. I’ve owned or used the EVO 4G, Sensation 4G and One X, all of them had pretty amazing camera’s compared to their competitors at the time. Now the HTC One has a 4 ultrapixel camera, which the average user is going to look at as 4MP and say “WTF HTC?” So we figured that the HTC One’s camera is going to be pretty good, but once reviews of the device started hitting the interwebs, photos in low light were superb but those in brightly lit environments weren’t that great. Why? Because of HTC’s noise filtering in their images.

Many reviewers have described the HTC One’s camera as much better in low light conditions, but then in normal light or zoomed in it’s pretty “muddy” or less detailed. Seeing these images on HTC One’s crisp 1080p 4.7-inch display didn’t help much with the “muddy” pictures either. The good news, it wasn’t the hardware. The soft images were caused by the software (stupid Sense…right?). Now has gotten a hold of an official update for the HTC One that will address these issues. The update will get rid of the excessive noise filtering bringing about images that are way more crisp and sharp. We have some before and after images down below and you can really tell the difference. In fact you may not even believe that it’s the same phone.


But the bad news is that there were some inconsistencies. ISO 100 to 400 were all nice and sharp, but ISO 800 is where the mud came back again, unfortunately. So it looks like HTC still has some more work to do on the camera. This is something they’ll probably have fixed by the time it lands in the US at the end of next month. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m even more excited for the HTC One now and this update. How many of you have or plan on buying the HTC One?

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Alex has been an Android user since the Motorola Droid back in 2010. He's been a huge Android fan ever since using many of the most popular flagships. He's currently rocking a Moto X and a G2.
  • Bruce Taliaferro

    camera may be ok, but htc has a history of having devices with poor battery life, I am not convinced and will wait to hear from owners about htc 1.

    • Gareth Coggins

      Battery is very good and may as well run with battery saver mode on as the screen is still lovely even with brightness turned down. Lasts over a day easy for me with lots of use.

  • Bruce Taliaferro

    Great article…by the way

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  • sy

    I’ve had the One for a week now and i’m totally impressed with the quality of the phone. It’s an incredible piece of design and engineering. I have been a little disappointed with the camera in some situations. I’m pleased to hear there is an update coming to fix those problems. Can’t wait. I definitely recommend the phone to anyone considering buying one. You won’t be disappointed with it.

  • mark greentree

    I get mine tomorrow

  • Marlon Milligan

    I’m excited

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  • rab

    I have the one already. Loving every bit of it. Cant wait for the update.

  • Gareth Coggins

    battery life is really good on mine. Love everything about it so far. The screen and sound is exceptional. Just waiting for my number to be ported over today.

  • PhreshPrinz

    I’m really liking what I’m seeing with this phone and would love to come back to HTC. Besides development support my biggest concern is losing my 32gb sd card. I know it comes with 32gb or more but part of me just can’t let go of having removable storage. Maybe at 64gb but that’s only AT&T for now :-