HTC U 11 Features: Camera
With the launch of the new HTC U 11, we are taking a look at a number of features unique to this handset.
Already in the series we’ve explained the key selling point: Edge Sense. Elsewhere we’ve taken an in-depth look at the specialised audio software and earbuds which combine to create USonic. In our most recent feature, the new Sense Companion assistant took the focus.
In the last of our short series, we’ll look closely at the camera. This is one place that major manufacturers have been very keen to develop in recent years.
HTC have had mixed response with their past few flagship phone cameras, so they should be very pleased about the review from DxOMark. Scoring 90/100, the independent camera review site has given the HTC U 11 their seal of approval, marking it the best mobile camera on the market at this time.
HTC U 11 Camera Features
DxOMark went as far to say as it was the best autofocus performance they’ve tested on mobile in bright and low-light. This system, coupled with a fairly large 1 / 2.55-inch sensor was able to retain image quality with few artefacts or grainy noise, in even in outdoor night scenes.
The Google Pixel was highly praised for it’s photography software enhancements, especially concerning HDR images. The HTC U 11 looks like it has matched this.
HDR is especially useful for images with high contrasting colours. With the Auto HDR mode, the phone is able to decide if and how much this system is used, depending on the scene. The result is highly-detailed and natural colours, even in small objects within busy scenes.
Temporal Noise Reduction
Key to the U 11’s success in low-light conditions is temporal noise reduction. Similar to HDR, which combines frames, this system also compares the moments just before and after capture. While doing this, it removes artefacts and noise (grain) from the images.
With Auto HDR & Temporal Noise Reduction combined, the result is better contrasting colours with more defined boundaries and edges.
Overall DxOMark scored the HTC U 11 best for autofocus, stabilisation, and noise. This makes the U 11 one of the best possible phones for taking taking crisp, clear photos in a huge array of lighting situations.
The colours may not be as saturated as other handsets, however the clarity is all-important and the natural tones can always be edited post-capture to suit.
HTC U 11 Key Specifications
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat – The most recent Android OS with DayDream VR and split-screen apps
- HTC Sense environment with Themes to download and customise
- Edge Sense interaction – U Touch and squeeze to control
- Octa-core Snapdragon 835 – all-new power efficient 10nm architecture
- Display – 5.5” QHD (1440 x 2560) Super LCD 5 screen panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Large 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology
- 64GB internal flash memory and 4GB RAM
- Support for microSDXC cards up to 256 GB
- 12 MP main camera with HTC UltraPixel 3 & 1.55 micron pixels for amazing photographs: scored DxOMark 90
- Front Camera – 16MP with HTC UltraPixel mode
- 4K Video recording and 3D Audio with 360 degree microphones
- HTC USonic and Hi-Res Audio for high-fidelity personalised audio