The folks at HTC aren't messing around when it comes to the camera this year.
It's been a rough couple of years for HTC fans when it comes to camera quality. Samsung and LG have invested tremendous resources into camera quality to compete with Apple, and as anyone who has owned or used an HTC M8 and M9 can tell you things haven't been quite as awesome for HTC. The focus on old Ultrapixel tech caused some real problems, but it looks like the HTC 10 puts that history in the rear view and drives away as quickly as possible with new camera tech that is also called Ultrapixel. Yeah.
If you're looking for camera quality verification, it looks like the folks at DXOMark have stepped up and offered their analysis. The result? Tied with the Samsung Galaxy S7.
What this means is the HTC 10 scored an average that matches the Galaxy S7 edge, not that the cameras themselves are identically capable.
DXOMark scores phone cameras on exposure and contrast, color, texture, noise, artifacts, autofocus, and flash in both photo and video capabilities. Each of these categories is scored on a scale of 1-100, and the combined scores create the final number you see on their website. Until today, the highest score any smartphone had ever gotten was the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which scored an 88. Today, the HTC 10 joins that category with its own 88 score.
What this means is the HTC 10 scored an average that matches the Galaxy S7 edge, not that the cameras themselves are identically capable. The strengths and weaknesses of this camera averaged out to match the strengths and weaknesses of the Galaxy S7 edge, which in this case implies we'll see some differences when it comes to color accuracy and exposure. The result is undeniably impressive, but means we need to see these two cameras in action beside one another to see how those strengths and weaknesses translate to real world use. We intend to do exactly that, and soon.
How great does is it to see HTC back on top with camera quality though? Leave you thoughts in the comments!