Camera shootout: HTC One vs. iPhone 5

CNET Asia gets deep hands-on time with the HTC One and compares its promising camera with the shooter on the iPhone 5.

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The HTC One's camera in action. Sarah Tew/CNET

Our friends at CNET Asia got their very lucky hands on an HTC One for a brief test drive with the device's promising new camera. Indeed, it's worthy test since the shooter is one of One's most interesting features.

Though the One's camera has a 4-megapixel resolution, that's not the whole story by any measure. As Brian Bennett wrote in his First Take earlier this week, the camera features an updated ImageSense system, new ImageChip 2 hardware, and a revamped light sensor. HTC says that UltraPixel Sensor will be able to create more detailed pixels.

Down in Singapore, CNET Asia Editor John Chan took five shots with the One and then compared with the same shots from the iPhone 5. You can see the indoor still life and outdoor portrait comparison below, but click over to CNET Asia to see full story. And after you do, let me know what you think in the comments section below.

CNET Asia's Jacqueline Seng strikes a pose. John Chan/CNET
Modeling is hard, especially when your shot is overexposed. John Chan/CNET
The HTC One captured more natural colors. John Chan/CNET
But the iPhone 5 had a sharper focus. John Chan/CNET