Need help comparing HTC One and iPhone 5 photos

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by VinegarTasters, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. VinegarTasters macrumors 6502


    Nov 20, 2007
    Here is the HTC One photo at nighttime with no flash:

    Here is the iPhone 5 photo at nighttime with no flash:

    If you are viewing in your browser, make sure you view them at actual size (if you see a zoom in cursor, click it so it is at native resolution). If you do that you will see that the HTC's photo will have things that look a little bigger. It is obvious that at nighttime HTC's camera is way better, with no fuzzy grainy artifacts.

    Lets look at daytime photos:

    Here is the HTC One photo at daytime:

    Here is the iPhone 5 photo at daytime:

    The iPhone 5 looks better (more details if you view at actual size).

    OK. Now here is the WEIRD part... I think they got the photos mixed up! If you look at them zoomed in at actual size, the iPhone 5 photo is bigger. So the iPhone 5 photo is ACTUALLY HTC ONE, with the more details and better photo.

    OR it could be reverse, the HTC One at nighttime got mixed up and iPhone 5's photo looks better, while in daytime, iPhone 5 is also better.

    So which is it? We know for sure either the daytime is mixed up or the nighttime is mixed up. But which one? Knowing this answer you will know which phone is best at taking pictures.
  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Why not just email pocketnow and ask?

    All we can do is guess and your answer wouldn't be clear because its just a guess..
  3. LorPGDL macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2011
    the one night shot is uploaded in 2048x1520
    the one day shot is uploaded in 883x656

    bot iphone shots are uploaded in 874x656

    the night shot clearly showcases the ones stellar low light capabilities, as verified by an abundance of reviews and other comparisons with the iphone 5 and the likes.

    edit: none of the photos and descriptions are mixed up.
  4. VinegarTasters thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 20, 2007
    I actually saved all of them, and used the "Get Info" on OSX by right-clicking with mouse.

    Apparently, Pocketnow did NOT mixed them up. However, they did something to the iPhone 5 nighttime photo. They changed it to use Adobe RGB (1998) color profile instead of the default sRGB IEC61966-2.1. They also changed the resolution to 1632x1224 instead of the default 3264x2448.

    Also, something is screwy with the exposure time. Long exposure time allows less grainy photos, but more blurry shots if you move camera (your hands shaking, etc).

    Now lets look at the exposure time...

    HTC One nighttime: .27
    iPhone 5 nighttime: 1/15 = .067

    HTC One daytime: 1/1600 = .000625
    iPhone 5 daytime: 1/475 = .0021

    The iPhone 5 has way too low exposure time, which will definitely lead to grainy photos in nighttime.

    The HTC daytime is very strange... .000625 exposure time. Way smaller exposure time than iPhone 5's .0021. If you have such a small exposure time, things don't look sharp (grainy) even in daytime photos. So that explains HTC One's daytime photos having license plates not being sharp.

    So I don't know if everything is in concrete... not able to change exposure time like in iPhone 5. Does Android allow changing exposure time? In any case. I would like to see Android and iPhone 5 take the same photo with the same exposure time (both nighttime and daytime). If iPhone 5 can't change the exposure time, maybe the HTC One on Android can, to match that of the iPhone 5.
  5. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    Htc ones low light performance is pretty impressive, but its worse in just about every other aspect though imo, less sharpness etc
  6. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    The 5's night photo is obviously more grainy but it retains more natural colors for sure. Which makes it the clear winner for the daytime photo. The One's daytime photo looks totally lifeless.
  7. LorPGDL macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2011
    they probably set both to auto. its the software that is responsable for those exposure times.

    yes, i think fx camera allows for you to manually set exposure. so if you actually knew your way around manual settings you could produce much better pictures with the one. especially daytime ones.
  8. VinegarTasters thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 20, 2007
    Are you talking ISO settings?

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