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HTC 8X Windows Phone cameras, can it compete with the Lumia 920?

HTC 8X Windows Phone camera

One of the centerpiece features of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the Pureview camera and optical image stabilization. Now that the specs are official with the HTC 8X and 8S we know that HTC has scaled back the camera resolution from the HTC Titan II but kept the BSI Sensor in play. But there are a few bells and whistles in play with the 8X's camera that may make it hold its own against Nokia's Pureview technology.

Let's go ahead and get this out of the way. The 8S is an entry level Windows Phone and the camera matches that class. The 8S has a 5MP camera fitted with a 35mm f2.8 lens. It will likely produce average photos. We'll have to wait and see how the processing software performs but look for the 8S to offer decent, if not average, photos.

The 8X on the other hand has a camera that might turn a few heads. While only a 8MP camera it utilizes the BSI sensor and a 28mm f2.0 lens. The two combined will boost the 8X's low light performance nicely. Add a dedicated HTC ImageChip and the overall performance of the camera will improve. You won't have to share processing time with the main processor which will result in faster camera performance from focusing to lag time between photos.

The 2.1MP front camera is also fitted with a faster lens (f 2.0) which will allow for more light to reach the sensor. Both cameras are capable of capturing 1080p HD video with stereo sound.

While not mentioned, I am guessing that HTC will continue to rely on software stabilization methods which are nice. But a mechanical stabilization method, like the OIS present on the Lumia 920, would have been a great addition.

While we still believe the Pureview camera on the Lumia 920 will be the better camera, HTC's offering on the 8X isn't going to be a light weight. Don't get too worried about HTC dropping from a 16MP camera to a 8MP. 8MP is plenty for such a small sensor.

The proof will ultimately rest with the pudding and once we get our hands on the HTC 8X we will put the camera to the test and let you know how what is on paper translates to every day use.

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HTC 8X Windows Phone cameras, can it compete with the Lumia 920?

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Well... we thought the Lumia Camera would best the Titan II and Titan II pooped on it... I have to admit... HTC impressed me today.

True, but then camera Nokia had put on Lumia 800 and 900 was poor compared to it's Symbian offering.
 
Lumia 920 in other hand delivers with BSI F2 and actual mechanical image stabilation.

Can they compete? On specs, maybe. But my wife has an Evo 4g LTE, and the shots aren't that amazing, frankly. Low light performance is pretty typical, despite all of the larger lens and BSI talk.

What happen with my 4.7 display htc? Going down from a 4.7 to a 4.3 is not good for me ..nah design is not bad but this phone didn't got my attention..sorry htc....920 or ativ s...

This phone looks amazing. The Lumia will be the best camera though. They do that, one phone with a good camera, one with a bad camera, one with a great camera. That's always been Nokia for some odd reason.

Well, not all phones can be equipped with a Carl-Zeiss camera. Asha phones and most of their Symbian phones don't have them. They're given fixed-focus cameras instead. Same thing can be said of pretty much any OEM out there (except Apple), including HTC. High-ends are given the best cameras while those in the mid-range and lower get the mediocre ones.

Isn't it a bit unfair to compare any other phones cameras with the 920?
At least if it's anything near what Nokia say it is.

The picture quality will be very similar between the two phones in instances where ois isn't important (such as photos in daylight and photos of moving subjects) but the 920 will have a clear advantage when taking photos at a low shutter speed.

I would be skeptical. The reviews for the Android One X as far as the camera have been mediocre at best. They using the same hardware, the only difference, I would think is the software. The hardware is capable but hopefully they improved upon the android version.

on par with some things.
BUT. Lumia 920 got the edge with
you can use gloves with 920.
The image stabilization.
60 fps screen.
Less display delay, down to less than 9ms.
image boost in sunlight.
induction charging.

I don't think that the Lumia's screen refresh rate was specified, but it has to be much faster than 60Hz to be anything special. That's the bare minimum.

Yep! Going to be an awesome camera - especially with the dedicated processor.  But, that processor  - and the Beats one - need electrons to work. The 1800mAh batter seems small. And, with only 16 GB, where to store my music AND all those pictures I'l be taking...
 

Man, I can't believe just a week ago Daniel Rubino was arguing with me that the HTC 8X was a mid-range phone. Nope. Not even close.  

Haha I remember him saying how 8x is sooooo mid range device... Felt like he was being unprofessional.

Could still be htc mid range...
Some rumors on htc blogs about "zenith" and 4.7 screen...
Maybe hi range to come?

If the 8X turns out to be a mid range phone and the Zenith is able to fill in the gaps then I think I'd have to stay with HTC. In any case here's hoping they step up their app support.

For now its not, but there were plenty of leaks about a quad core HTC WP8 coming out a month or two after the initial 2 offerings. So far they got the initial 2 devices out to the press which also matched up to the previous leaks.

The cameras won't make that difference as you won't notice anything in normal circumstances.

guys guys I made my mind, if Nokia drive app is going to be purchasable in HTC device then my money goes to HTC.

It's going to be my *NEW* Phone if Lumia 920 doesn't come to T-Mobile USA... I really really hope Lumia 920 does come to T-Mobile because i love that phone! :D

Silly article. IS lenses always out perform their non-IS counterparts. On top of that there is no mention of the size sensor used in the 8x; unlikely that its as large as the Nokia. Article should have read: 8x will take quick high quality photos, but will still pale in comparison to the 920.

I don't understand why if HTC is proud of there camera they didn't post any sample pictures? Even Nokia had some (real) pictures that they took with the damn camera to show it off.
Basically HTC said here's are phones... look at them.... here are the specs..... that's all don't play with them (alright I understand that was MS fault) but they could have showed off 1080p video on a TV screen, and showed some pictures taken from the damn camera.
One thing I was impressed by was the speed that the camera took pictures.
 
-Chris

I don't understand why if HTC is proud of there camera they didn't post any sample pictures? Even Nokia had some (real) pictures that they took with the damn camera to show it off.
Basically HTC said here's are phones... look at them.... here are the specs..... that's all don't play with them (alright I understand that was MS fault) but they could have showed off 1080p video on a TV screen, and showed some pictures taken from the damn camera.
One thing I was impressed by was the speed that the camera took pictures.
 
-Chris