Ultrapixel vs Megapixel: HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S 4 Camera Schmackdown

by Scott Lewis on May 14, 2013

Over the last few years, smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Motorola have made improvements to the cameras in their latest smartphones by increasing the Megapixel count. HTC's latest smartphone, the HTC One, deviated from this trend. Instead, they introduced us to: "ultrapixel". The HTC One's camera allows 300% more light to enter the UltraPixel sensor that is 4x's larger than a Megapixel sensor. On paper, the larger sensor should give the HTC One a distinct advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S 4's 13MP camera, particularly in low light conditions, and supposedly, perform better overall....but does it really?

In this Wirefly Smartphone Camera Schmackdown, I will give you a side-by-side comparison of sample pictures from the 13MP camera on the GS4 and the UltraPixel camera on the HTC One.

Comparison

Specs HTC One Samsung Galaxy S 4
Primary Camera Technology  UltraPixel  Megapixel
 Flash  LED  LED
Camcorder 1080p HD 1080p HD
Image Stabilization Optical Stabilization Digital Stabilization
Front Camera 2.1MP 2.0MP
Yellow Flowers HTC One UltraPixel CameraHTC One in High Dynamic Range Mode
Yellow Flowers Samsung Galaxy S 4 13 MegaPixel CameraGS4 in High Dynamic Range Mode
Pink Flowers HTC One UltraPixel CameraHTC One in High Dynamic Range Mode
Pink Flowers Samsung Galaxy S 4 13 MegaPixel CameraGS4 in High Dynamic Range Mode
Low Light Without Flash HTC One UltraPixel CameraHTC One in Night Mode with no flash
Low Light Without Flash Samsung Galaxy S 4 13 MegaPixel CameraGS4 in Low Light Mode with no flash

While both cameras performed well in all conditions, when choosing which phone to buy you need to ask yourself what style of picture you take most often.  If you take more picture inside in low light or evening events without sunlight, the HTC One and its UltraPixel camera is the phone for you.  However, if you find that you use your smartphone camera more when outside during the day, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and its 13MP primary camera is the one for you.  No matter which phone you choose, you will be able to capture stunning pictures of all your special moments with friends and family.