It’s no big secret that, while design and build quality always worked in favor of HTC’s flagship handhelds, their cameras were one of the main reasons consumers avoided them, instead going for iPhones or Samsungs.
When we were finally promised “world class” shooters therefore, our curiosity and interest in the HTC 10 understandably escalated, although we couldn’t be certain that wasn’t empty propaganda. Then, the new “hero” went official, and the bulk of press materials announcing its release contained bold claims regarding photo-taking and video-recording performance.
The main 12MP UltraPixel 2 snapper features optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, a BSI sensor, f/1.8 aperture, dual tone LED flash, 4K video recording with Hi-Res Audio, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Hyperlapse, and Pro mode enhancements with manual control and 12-bit RAW format support.
All these goodies combined made HTC “believe” it had “the best smartphone camera available on the market today”, and the first review centered solely on this aspect of the device appears to back the manufacturer’s optimism.
DxOMark ranks the HTC 10 at the very top of its extremely rigorous, competitive camera overview chart, tied with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, at 88 points out of a maximum 100. There’s little to split the two from the S6 Edge+ and Sony Xperia Z5, which share the final spot on the podium, and even the Note 5, S6 Edge, iPhone 6s Plus, Nexus 6P, and Droid Turbo 2 rank pretty close to number one, all within a four-point gap.
What’s remarkable about the HTC 10 is how it manages to separate itself from One-series flagships, not only by name, but also by beating the M9 by a whopping 19 points. Its key fortes? Autofocus and texture in the photo department, artifacts, exposure and contrast and noise as far as video is concerned.
We’ll be sure to thoroughly test the “world class” 12MP cam for ourselves soon enough, but right now, it looks like HTC is spectacularly back in the high-end Android game.