CNET: HTC Titan II camera better than the Nokia Lumia 900 in all aspects

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Shot by the HTC Titan II

For many the only relevant question when it comes to choosing between the HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 is the quality of the pictures taken.

For the HTC Titan II one of the main selling points is its ground-breaking 16 megapixel camera featuring a dedicated image processing chip.

The Nokia Lumia 900 on the other hand comes with Nokia’s reputation and Carl Zeiss optics.

CNET did some tests on pictures taken by the two cameras, tests they say they “typically use for more capable point-and-shoot stand alone cameras”.

The confirm both devices have good cameras, pretty close to dedicated point and shoot cameras but in the end found the HTC Titan II was better is all aspects tested. 

They write:

During testing Josh Goldman, CNET’s resident point-and-shoot camera expert, and I used both phones to snap pictures of a challenging indoor still life scene at various ISO settings. We also took the action outdoors on a particularly lovely spring day to challenge the HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900 under real world conditions.

Ultimately we confirmed that while both smartphones have fast shot-to-shot speeds of under a second, the HTC Titan II felt much more nimble—especially with burst mode enabled. Additionally, the Titan II’s HDR function powered by a backlit sensor produced much more detail in dark areas. The phone also recreated colors in warmer, more lifelike hues and the Titan II performed like a champ under low light too compared with the Nokia Lumia 900.

The HTC Titan II had a skill for getting up close and personal as well, with its Macro mode able to deliver sharper images in Macro mode. The Nokia Lumia 900’s Macro setting on the other hand had trouble with the same test we threw at it.

So the HTC Titan II is faster, better HDR, better low light performance and better macro mode. It seems, unlike what we expected, if you care about good quality pictures, and these days most of us do, the extra $100 for the HTC Titan II will definitely be worth it.

A collection of picture samples can be seen at CNET here.

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