We covered the HTC One quite extensively at its launch just over a week ago. We had been given the chance to play with the device at a pre-launch event in London but weren't allowed to take any pictures. So we've taken the opportunity to pop by the HTC booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to have another look at HTC's latest flagship and snap some pictures of the device.
If you haven't followed the smartphone news over the past couple of weeks, the One is HTC's latest high-end smartphone. It comes with an impressive feature set and specifications. A 1.7 GHz quad-core processor powers the Android 4.1.2 operating system and content is displayed on a beautiful 4.7-inch 1080p full-HD screen.
Despite the processor and screen specifications, from a Dpreview Connect perspective the most interesting aspect of the new device is the camera. While most manufacturers this year have opted for a 13MP camera module, HTC is going the opposite way in terms of sensor resolution and offers a camera with only 4MP. However, these pixels are similar in size to those found in enthusiast compact cameras such as the Canon Powershot G15 or Fujifilm X20, and promise much better low-light performance than conventional smartphone sensors.
HTC likes to speak of 'ultrapixels' rather than megapixels when talking about the One, but this is simply a marketing term, essentially meaning 'megapixels from large photosites.' The sensor is combined with a fast F2.0 lens.
In the hand the HTC One feels as nice as it looks. It's pretty lightweight and with its 4.7-inch screen, it's the most compact device with a 1080p screen we've seen so far. While a few other full HD smartphones have been released this year all of them come with slightly larger 5 or 5.5-inch screens which mean the devices are bulkier and heavier overall. The HTC One is in terms of dimensions and weight pretty much in line with last year's 720p devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X.
The One comes with a couple of HTC-specific pieces of software which look pretty interesting. Blink Feed combines updates from variety of news sources with your own social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr, and displays them in one customizable stream which can be placed on your home screen. It's a little similar to the popular Flipboard social news reader and looks and works really well.
ZOE movies are another cool and fairly unique feature that can be activated in the camera app. It simultaneously records a three-second full HD movie clip and still images at 5 frames per second. The short clips can be combined in albums but you can also compile a composite still, manually selecting your favourite expression from each person in group shots and extract still images. The feature looks interesting in the demo and we are looking forward to testing it in-depth once we get a review unit, along with the HTC One's image quality. Until then make sure you read our previous coverage to get more information about the device.
|Fascia walkie talkie building London by ian herridge|
from Abstract Architecture
|Global Reach by cjf2|
Joey L, Dani Diamond, Brandon Woelfel and Jessica Kobeissi go head-to-head in an episode of "4 photographers shoot the same model."
The latest flagship phone from Asus combines a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 main sensor with a smaller Sony IMX351 chip for 2x zoom and a background-blurring portrait mode.
The company behind popular photo editor Picktorial 3 just released the X-Pack: a preset package that allows you to add Fuji's in-camera film simulation profiles to your RAF files in post.
Photoshop. GoPro. Every once in a while a product emerges that defines a category. And sometimes, it vanishes just as quickly as it arrived on the scene. This week's Throwback Thursday remembers the Flip, the pocket camcorder everyone had – until they didn't.
The Nokia 8's dual-cam combines the image data from a 13MP RGB sensor and a 13 monochrome chip for better detail, improved dynamic range and lower noise levels.
The company behind retail giant B&H Photo has agreed to pay out $3.2 million in monetary relief and back wages to settle a discrimination and harassment case from 2016.
After a popular Facebook teaser and some studio portrait samples, Godox has finally officially released the Godox A1 smartphone flash and flash trigger. Cheap, versatile and innovative, color us intrigued.
Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV has won the European Imaging and Sound Association’s Professional DSLR of the Year award, making this the third year in a row that the brand has beaten Nikon to the top spot in the professional camera category.
A photograph and quote tweeted out by former president Barack Obama has officially become the most popular tweet of all time, receiving over 1.3 million retweets and 3.4 million likes.
Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and in this episode of Advancing Your Photography we learn the extreme technique he used to capture one of his most famous still life photos.
Instagram just released a small update that will make a huge difference if you're active on the photo sharing app: threaded comment replies.
Venus Optics has announced the price and delivery date of the second lens to join its Zero-D line up: the 15mm F2 for Sony’s E mount. A lens they've dubbed, "the world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame."
Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.
The Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM is an understated jewel of a lens, and one that we've enjoyed on a variety of cameras since its release almost five years ago. Its relatively small size and image stabilization make it a versatile tool for a variety of photography - check out our sample gallery.
You don't need a fancy studio or tons of gear to capture the kind of classic product photography you see in magazines. In this video, Dustin Dolby shows you how to do it with just a couple of speedlights and some know-how.
The life-logging camera is trying to make a comeback. Say hello to FrontRow, a live-streaming enabled life-logging camera from Ubiquiti that hangs on a necklace like a pendant.
When a prospective client approaches you, don't just say "yes" right away. Here's a useful list of questions you should be asking before you decide to take the job and name your price.
Samsung just revealed a blazing-fast new Solid State Drive capable of data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s.
DJI has developed a 'Local Data Mode' that lets pilots fly without being connected to the Internet. The mode should calm recent fears over data privacy and security when flying DJI drones.
After 1.7 million downloads on Apple computers since the launch in November 2015, Aurora HDR will be available for Windows PCs for the first time with the 2018 release.
The company behind the new Meyer Optik Goerlitz lens manufacturing business has formed a new brand to bring back the Biotar 75mm F1.5 that was made by Carl Zeiss Jena in the 1940s and 50s.
The updated Qualcomm Spectra system is a dual-camera setup that is capable of sensing depth and motion in real time.
A sizable swath of the United States will be treated to a total eclipse of the heart – er, sun – in just under a week. Here are a few excellent guides to help you photograph this rare occasion.
f11 Magazine—an ad-supported, free magazine for 'photographers and aficionados' that focused on photos rather than gear—is suspending publication due to financial troubles.
The Minolta MC Rokkor-X 40-80mm F2.8 is unlike any zoom lens you've probably ever seen. Instead of a helicoid, it uses a gearbox, and because of this it's still one of the sharpest zoom lenses out there.
If you're looking to switch to Sony, the company's new limited-time "α trade up" promotion can snag you up to $500 + trade-in value towards a brand new a9, a7 II, a7R II, or a7S II when you hand over your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
The Google Camera app exclusive to the company's own Pixel phone has been unofficially ported to other Android devices. If you're willing to take the risk of installing, you can now use features like HDR+ on the Galaxy S8, LG G6, OnePlus 5, and more.
49-year-old David Hilos is known by the Singapore photography community as the 'camera whisperer.' When a service center says a camera is beyond repair, Hilos can usually coax it back to life.
Photographer Ryan Kelly captured one of the most viral and graphic images of the horrifying events in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. This is the harrowing story behind that photograph.
Data storage manufacturer Synology has added a new, lower-cost NAS to its DiskStation j line that has a maximum capacity of 40TB, and which is aimed at home users and photography enthusiasts.