The HTC 10 is the Tawanese manufacturer's flagship model and a 12MP pixel count and 1.55µm large pixel size. The sensor is combined with a fast F1.8 aperture, laser-assisted AF and an optical image stabilization system. The camera is capable or recording Raw images and 4K video clips and the front camera specification looks promising as well. While the 5MP resolution is nothing out of the ordinary, at 1.34µm the pixels are unusually large and optical image stabilization is a first on a smartphone front camera. In combination with the F1.8 aperture it should make for very good low-light selfies.
Pictures and videos can be viewed on a 5.2-inch QHD Super LCD screen that is covered with curved edge Gorilla Glass. Android 6.0 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM. 32 or 64GB of storage can be expanded via a microSD slot and energy is provided by a 3,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. Underneath the screen you'll find a fingerprint sensor for added security and HTC's BoomSound speakers make a return on the new model. There is a high-frequency tweeter and a low-frequency woofer, both of which have their own amp.
|Front camera effective pixels||5 megapixels|
|Rear camera effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Rear camera aperture||1.8|
|Camera physical shutter release||No|
|Camera image stabilization||Optical|
|Video camera recording format||2160p. 30fps|
|Built in memory||4GB RAM, 32 or 64GB storage|
|Weight||161 g (5.68 oz)|
|Dimensions||146 x 72 x 9 mm (5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35″)|
Thanks to very well-balanced noise reduction across the ISO range the HTC 10 produces very good image detail, falling just shy of the very best current smartphones. Panorama and HDR modes lack behind the best but on the upside the HTC offers full manual control and DNG Raw capture for those who want maximum control over capture and editing. If image quality is a key priority and you can live with the HTC 10's rather minor shortcomings the device is an easy recommendation for any mobile photographer.
Good for: Capturing excellent image detail across all light levels and full manual control
Not so good for: Panoramas and shooting in adverse weather conditions