I recently “upgraded” to an LG G2 after owning the HTC One for about 6 months. I usually go through phones once every 6-8 months. Yes, I am one of those who needs the latest and greatest. However, I held to the HTC One hoping HTC would address their most discussed defect – the purple/pink camera hue.
4 UltraPixels vs 13 Megapixels
The UltraPixels idea was a good start to a mixed execution. For the most part, majority of the pictures taken with mobile phones tend to be close to midrange. Also, people tend to take pictures indoors or in places where there is poor lighting. The UltraPixel technology allows up to 330% more light per pixel, which makes the phone adequate for low light settings.
Theoretically, by addressing this in their camera they would have an all-around camera that could void carrying a point and shoot. Sadly, HTC decided to allocate 4 megapixels with this technology. This means there is very little room for zooming it
or taking mid-range to landscape shots. Also, viewing these photos in large would be grainy because of the lack of photo size.
Having owned the phone, I really did enjoy the UltraPixels when I first got it. In low light settings the phone was excellent. The pictures came out clear and I did not have to use my flash. The daylight pictures were pretty good too. At times I did have to play around with the settings. What I mean by this is that I used HDR, Night, Macro, and Landscape settings when taking pictures. I know not most people do this, but I do.
One thing I really grew fund of was Zoe. Zoe is a feature that lets the user video 3 seconds and then allows then to edit and/or pull a photo/frame out of the video. Since it was a video you also could edit people and objects out of the frame, as well as stitch moving shots.
Zoe also could let you select videos and photos to create a small 36 second video with your selection of filters and music.
I really wish more mobile phone camera suites went this way. Consequently, they seem to be going the way of Samsung.
LG decided to stick the G2 with a 13 megapixel Sony sensor that does well in low lights, but is no dark killer. Though it does an ok job in low light settings, it does suffer from a poor post processing. The logarithm they are using to process the shots tends to render the images too soft at times. When you zoom in you really feel as if the picture was a painting rather than a photo.
This is a camera app issue though. I used other apps and they at times rendered better photos because they use their own logarithm. I would advise you try different camera appsif you are having the same results I am under low light settings.
You do get 12 presets with the G2, while you get about 7 settings to select from with HTC. Both phones come with image stabilization hardware.
HTC One’s video settings are different. HTC does include a slow motion setting, which I used and liked. However, the quality was set to 720p.
The G2 has the ability to shoot 60fps. This is pretty neat because it gives the video more realistic movement. However, this is something no one can take advantage of unless they own a 4K TV.
The G2 also has a tracking option that tracks the object you select it to. Every time the object moves the video tries to adjust and re-focus. It’s a pretty neat feature. It also tracks the audio of the object you attach it to.