Nokia Lumia 720 vs HTC One Camera Comparison



We’ve got a chance to play around the HTC’s latest flagship device called HTC One. Since we have a Lumia 720, we decided to make a camera shot comparison. HTC One boasts of a new technology called ‘Ultrapixels’ which enables each pixel to capture more than 300% more light than most leading 13 megapixel cameras. It also has an Optical Image Stabilization to avoid the blurriness when taking photos, similar to the Lumia 920.

On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 720 is a mid-range device sporting a F/1.9 aperture size with Carl Zeiss optics, which gives an amazing low-light shot similar to the Lumia 920. On a postive note, the Lumia 720 is way cheaper than the HTC One.


Here’s the camera specs for the HTC One and Nokia Lumia 720. HTC One has a lower pixel amount but with their ‘Ultrapixel’ trick said to be the bigger than those 12MP cameraphones and able to capture more light. More so, it has its own ImageChip to process images captured by the camera and deliver dramatic results.

Pixels 4 ‘Ultrapixel’ 6.7 Megapixel
Resolution 2688 x 1520 pixels 2848 x 2144 pixels
Lens Carl Zeiss
Aperture f/2.0  f/1.9
Sensor size 1/3” 1/3.6″
Focal Length 26 mm
Flash Type Single Led Single Led
OIS Yes No
Audio Capture dual HAAC
Video 1080p 720p
Front Camera 2.1MP 1080p@30fps 1.3MP 720p@30fps
 f/2.4 wide angle

Nokia did a different thing on the Lumia 720, they manage to lower down the aperture size from the usual f/2.0 down to f/1.9. This should give the Lumia 720 camera capture more light in low-light scenes. However, the lack of OIS on the Lumia 720 can also be a minus on its image quality. We know that the Lumia 720 has a lowered specs than the HTC One but this comparison is worth to watch. **Both smartphones are running on their latest firmware version.

Does HTC One a deal breaker when it comes to its camera and price? Let’s see how these two devices fair on this camera test.

We’ve managed to take photos on both smartphones with a ray of sunlight passing through the small window.


Lumia 720

IMAG0050On the images above, the HTC One got a warmer colors but it blurs the rest of the backgroung, though I did not manually focus on a specific subject. I was surprised that the Lumia 720 shows more details on this shot though colors were not as warm as on the HTC One, the resolved detail is high without blurring the rest of the subject.

Winner: Lumia 720



Lumia 720


On this photos, the Lumia 720 was able to pull off more contrast than the HTC One and more details on the 720 even zoomed. The real color of the carpet is navy blue which is a bit darker than the 720 but not too dark on the One. On HTC One, the carpet looks black rather than navy blue and colors are washed out.

Winner: Lumia 720



Lumia 720


On this images, both offers great contrast and resolved details. However, the HTC One offers a more natural color on this shot. This falls down under your own preference but I chose HTC One on this shot.

Winner: HTC One/Lumia 720



Lumia 720


On these macro shots, the HTC One offers a better image quality on here, great colors and contrast. The Lumia 720 also has good macro mode capabilities, however, my hands are bit shaky on this one, the lack of OIS on the 720 is a disadvantage especially if you got a shaky hand. But not too bad on the 720, smaller letters are still readable and contrast is decent.

Winner: HTC One

On this last shot, this is caught inside a small compartment which has a little amount of light passing through. The image below is shot by Nokia 808 PureView on auto mode, so you could see how dark it is.




Lumia 720


The HTC One’s Ultrapixels really has captured more light on this scene than the 720. But if you look closer, the Lumia 720 still offers better details. The higher amount of pixel resolution on the 720 works on its advantage. Though the 4- ultrapixels on the HTC One captures more light, still it offers a lower resolution which affects the image details. See image below.

Winner: Lumia 720



The HTC One has a quite decent camera, it works great on macro or close up shots. It also captures more light than any normal camera smartphone. But in terms of image quality, the HTC One camera was average and nothing impressive. HTC has heavily promoted the One’s Ultrapixel camera and I think its where they put most of the pricing for this handset. This phone is pretty too expensive when compared to the Lumia 920 that offers better low-light shots and overall image quality.

HTC One has a good low-light and OIS capabilities, its something that every cameraphone lover wants. But HTC One’s camera fails to impress us – nothing extraordinary.

On the other hand, the mid range smartphone, Lumia 720 has shown great, decent shots. Its lower aperture size gets the job done to capture great low-light shots. The Lumia 720 has delivered a great performance overall. Though it lacks OIS, this handset produced great photos in most cases. Best of all, it has a lower price compared to the HTC One but never compromises performance.

The HTC One camera specs looks better in paper but in reality, even a mid-range Lumia 720 can beat its camera in most cases. Image quality and details, clearly, the Lumia 720 wins on this test.


Here, the HTC One has a steep price of 32,000 PhP (778 USD), more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Lumia 920. The Lumia 720 is only priced at 14, 600 PhP (355 USD) which is more than a half cheaper than the HTC One. 

It is really surprising that a mid range Lumia 720 can beat the HTC flagship device on this camera test. Getting a high end smartphone nowadays is really expensive but the Lumia 720 offers most of the high-end smartphone features that you don’t have to pay for more. Lumia 720 is solid but lighter and sexier. Plus you can get a very capable camera which is almost similar to the 920 minus the OIS. Truly, the Lumia 720 is a true value for the money.

Megapixels don’t always equate to a great image quality- FACT, but its how you do with it. So in terms of camera, would you still prefer the HTC One or the less expensive Lumia 720? Share us your thoughts.

Thanks to Ben Black for lending us his HTC One!


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  • Something wrong with the first Photo PK…

  • you gave the picture of the paper win to the HTC although the picture taken by the 720 is more like the original.

  • Jordan S. Laureano

    Ohh, great test…it only shows in reality how a midrangga Nokia Lumia 720 can outshine a top of the line smartcamera phone by HTC…lumia 720 rules!!! Love it

  • Zhi Liang

    I just got a Lumia 720 too, mainly because it’s the slimmest and lightest Lumia (before the 925 came out) with the longest battery life, and the pictures it takes look less processed than the 920. In fact, I prefer the 720 images most of the time compared to the 920.

  • Alex

    I also purchased the Lumia 720. It is very impressive, beautiful design, great camera. I compared my Lumia 720 with my friend’s S3 in Videos mode the videos are very very similar and also in camera mode are comparable. Thanks you Nokia for your effort!!!

  • Lico Chan

    I also use 720, Though the camera is good, but the operation system are limited, such as I got a video clip, hope to share with friends, There are no way to attach the clip to any apps, It just can take the new video. And If I found a nice video clip, I just can download by a cable, apps, and even the skydrive also cannot be download video.

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