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HTC One M8: 4.1Mp sensor ranks outside the DxOMark top 10

Monday August 25 2014

Mobile Overview
Overview | Photo Imaging Results: Best in well-balanced good light
DxOMark Mobile
68

Overview

Achieving a disappointing DxOMark Mobile Score of 68 the latest HTC One M8 ranks 15th overall on our database. This is a full 11 points off the class leading Samsung GS5 and Sony Z2, both with 79 points, and places the HTC One M8 behind all of its main competitors for image quality.

Boasting a quad-core 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 801 processor with 2Gb RAM however, this latest incarnation of HTC’s flagship mobile device should be pretty snappy. It runs Google’s latest Android KitKat operating system (4.4.2), which has been overlaid with HTC’s custom Sense 6.0 skin to add a few extras features. The build quality is also excellent featuring an all-metal chassis with a textured finish and a curved ergonomic design which the handset a stylish finish. The M8’s screen offers a 5.0in 1920x1080px display, which comes in at a slightly lower overall 441ppi resolution compared to the original 469ppi HTC One, but there’s still plenty of resolution for a sharp and crisp display.

The rear-facing camera features a 4.1Mp 2688x150px sensor, which is significantly lower resolution than many of its most recent competitors, such as 16Mp Samsung GS5, the 41Mp Nokia 808 or the 20Mp Sony Z2. It’s perhaps not surprising therefore the HTC One M8 appears to be well off the pace for image quality. Lets delve deeper into DxOMark Photo & Video Scores to see how it performed in different areas.

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Ranked 15th in the DxOMark Mobile database overall image quality on the HTC One M8 is far behind the latest flagship offerings from Samsung and Sony and is marginally worse than older models such as the iPhone 4S or Samsung S3.

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Despite scoring better in many categories than it’s overall DxOMark Photo Score of 70 suggests a poor score of 55 for Noise let the HTC One M8 down.

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The same is true for its DxOMark Mobile Video Score of 63, where despite good Texture, Noise & Artefact scores, poor performance for Autofocus and Stabilisation let it down.

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
70
Exposure and contrast
70
Color
72
Autofocus
77
Texture
73
Noise
55
Artifacts
76
Flash
71

Pros

  • Nice and pleasant colours outdoors. 
  • Good details for outdoor images.
  • Fast and precise autofocus in outdoor condition.

Cons

  • Rendering of high-dynamic scenes is lacking accuracy.
  • White balance is inaccurate in some situations.
  • Significant sharpness instability in low light conditions.
  • Loss of detail and strong noise in low light.
  • Clearly visible fringing and color shading in outdoors.

Photo Imaging Results: Best in well-balanced good light

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
63
Exposure and contrast
75
Color
72
Autofocus
51
Texture
88
Noise
86
Artifacts
85
Stabilization
10

Pros

  • Good textures
  • Good noise reduction 

Cons

  • White balance is often inaccurate.
  • No video stabilization.
  • No continuous autofocus.
  • Visible steps in luminance during exposure changes.