HTC U Ultra
Chang Chia-Lin, President of Global Sales of HTC speaks holding a new smartphone "U Ultra" during its launch event in Taipei, Taiwan, January 12, 2017. Reuters/Tyrone Siu

It took HTC sometime before it released a follow-up flagship to the HTC 10 evo. But the long wait is definitely worthwhile as the new HTC U Ultra not only looks stunning, it’s also packed with lots of treats, especially in the camera department. It only seems right to compare it right away to one of the gold standard in phone cameras, Apple’s iPhone 7.

Apple iPhone 7 – Camera specs and features

The primary shooter of the iPhone 7 is a 12 MP camera with a 28 mm f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus and quad-LED (dual tone) flash. Unlike the previous model, Apple’s latest smartphone boasts of optical image stabilisation (OIS), which is quite helpful during shaky and bumpy times. Jiggles and jerks are no problem with the help of OIS as steady shots are almost assured each and every time.

The iPhone 7 rear camera is capable of 4K video and 8 MP image recording and has features like touch focus, face detection and HDR. The Apple handset sports a 7 MP secondary camera with a 32 mm f/2.2 lens, which is also another improvement over its predecessor. The front-facing shooter makes selfies and Facetime sessions worthwhile and has no problem recording crystal clear 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and 720p slow motion videos at 240 frames per second.

HTC U Ultra – Camera specs and features

The HTC U Ultra has an 12 MP UltraPixel 2 rear camera with an f/1.8 sapphire lens and features like optical image stabilisation (OIS), laser focus, new phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The new handset is able to record 4K UHD videos (with 3D and high resolution audio) at 30 frames per second and 720p slow motion videos at 120 frames per second. Face detection, pro mode with manual control (16 second long exposure and RAW format support), hyperlapse and Zoe capture (which captures up to 20 snaps and a three-second video image with just a simple click of the shutter button) round out the Primary shooter’s goodies.

According to HTC, the U Ultra’s new selfie camera can easily switch between 16 MP and UltraPixel mode, which is supposedly four times more sensitive to light compared to standard mode. This should make the U Ultra a great tool to use during candlelit moments. The front-facing camera also boasts of features like BSI sensor (also found on the rear shooter), live make-up, auto selfie, voice selfie, auto HDR and selfie panorama.

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