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Android Headliner: More Megapixels Doesn’t Always make for a Better Camera

November 15, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

I’ve been spending most of the week with HTC’s latest “flagship”, in the Desire EYE. It’s a pretty neat smartphone, although it is a bit taller then I’d like. It’s actually as tall as the Google Nexus 6, and it’s only a 5.2-inch smartphone. Kinda crazy. HTC had been using a lower-megapixel camera on the One M7 and M8, but the actual megapixels were larger. Which meant they brought in more light. Which is great. But at 4MP, the resolution just wasn’t that good, unfortunately. So if you were doing anything more then just uploading to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+, then your pictures would fall apart. With the Desire EYE being all about the camera, even more then the M8, it wasn’t a surprise to see them opt for a 13MP camera sensor this time. However, that doesn’t fix everything.

The 13MP camera sensor on the HTC Desire EYE is good, but not great. I was able to get pretty good pictures, but I don’t think it’s all that much better then what the HTC One M8 had given me. We aren’t here to trash talk the camera, but we’re using the HTC Desire EYE as a prime example as to why adding in more megapixels doesn’t automatically make a better camera. Larger megapixels are better. For example on my Sony RX100M3, it has a huge sensor, which brings in a ton of light. Of course, it having 20 megapixels definitely helps as well. Another part of the equation is the processing of these images. Most of you probably know this but just about every phone uses a Sony sensor. Including the iPhone. And somehow, the iPhone’s camera is amazing, and always does better than any Android smartphone. How? The processing of that image.

While the 13MP camera on the HTC Desire EYE was a great choice, there’s more that needs to be done here. And I’m sure we’ll see more with their next flagship, which we thought might be the HTC One M9, but we’re hearing rumors that it won’t be the M9, so we aren’t sure what it’ll be. But we should see it around April of next year. Hopefully we get a 13MP camera or larger on that phone, and HTC works on the processing a bit more. Although I’d definitely love a 8 or 13MP UltraPixel camera as well, with the larger megapixels for more light.