How does the HTC Titan II’s 16MP camera compare to a digital camera?

16MP is a lot of pixels, especially for a smartphone. 16MP is even on the high end of the scale for “point and shoot” digital cameras. But megapixels are not all that matter in a camera, in fact some would argue it’s not that big of a deal. The lens, sensors, and software have a lot to do with what the photograph will look like. To HTC’s credit they have added a lot of settings to the camera app that aren’t present on previous HTC Windows Phones. Is it enough to replace your digital camera? Let’s find out.

Competing against the Titan II will be a Sony Cyber-shot 16.2MP camera (Full Specs). Both the Titan II and Cyber-shot are on similar settings to keep things fair.

Titan II (Left), Cyber-shot (Right). Click image for larger view.

Outdoors

The colors are more vivid with the Titan II, and there is more contrast overall. That makes for a nice photo, but the Cyber-shot is more color accurate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low light

The Titan II is washed out and blurry. The Cyber-shot is much more clear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macro

The Titan II is a little blurry. The Cyber-shot shows more detail, and the colors in the wood are better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panorama

Both cameras do a good job at panorama. The colors look about the same in both photos. The Cyber-shot can capture a wider panorama than the Titan II.

Titan II

Cyber-shot

Burst

The Titan II burst mode is slower. If you follow the blades of the fan you can see the difference. Picture quality is comparable, except the Titan II has a flare from the lights.

Titan II

Cyber-shot

The Titan II put up a pretty good fight, but the winner is the Sony Cyber-shot. This should come as no surprise. Even though the camera on the Titan II is quite good it can’t compete with a device made specifically for taking photos. It was a valiant effort, nonetheless.

Do you agree?


  • Some day the mobile device cameras are going to be as good as the point and click cameras. Until then I will still own my Panasonic Lumix pocket camera. I can’t wait until the day when I don’t have to carry both around. (Not that I carry the Panasonic around much. It’s not worth the extra trouble of having 2 devices for picture quality.)