The HTC One is one of the latest Android phones on the market, and is very feature-packed. Of all the phones in this shootout, however, the One has the lowest megapixel count, at just 4-megapixels.
HTC claims that despite the lower resolution, the larger photosites within the given space results in lower noise images when in low-light situations.
This was generally confirmed in our tests, where the One had middling performance in bright light but performed very well in low-light conditions.
Usability: Like most modern Android phones, the HTC One's camera is relatively easy to get to. While there is no dedicated camera button, you can add a shortcut to the lock screen which will allow quick access to the camera when you need it.
In the settings, there are quite extensive shooting controls, most notably manual ISO and white balance controls as well as exposure compensation.
Screen quality: The One's display has very good colour accuracy, and photos displayed on the screen looked almost identical when viewed on a colour-calibrated monitor.
Image quality: At 4-megapixel, the resolution of the One is nothing to write home about. Having said that, images were quite acceptable except when there's strong backlighting, where very clear purple fringing could be seen at the edges of backlit subjects.
Images tended to look slightly oversharpened even in the best of conditions, although dynamic range is pretty good.
Night shooting: As expected, the HTC One produced the best images in low light, with very good detail and low noise in the shadows.
It also produced a reasonably neutral white balance under the yellowish lights of streetlamps.
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