A Brief History of Photography

As smartphone photography continues to grow in both quality and popularity, it’s hard to recall the days we carried separate cell phones, cameras and video recorders. Now, your smartphone makes it simple to quickly upload and share the latest self-portrait, baby photo, or other amazing shot you didn’t miss. Let’s take a moment to reminisce over the history of photography (and give thanks that we have a lightweight HTC in our pockets instead of a Brownie camera!).


  • http://twitter.com/Rage06 RaY

    Currently own a HTC EVO 3D and everyone who’s used my phone loved the camera. The phone should’ve sold LOADS. HTC did not advertise it well enough. Hope this changes with the launch of M7 (the phone that will set a new standard in phone photography – Ultra-pixels?)

    • Stylinred

      “ultra pixels?” foevon sensor, doesnt have good reviews though

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  • ukscj

    Oh man
    I’m gonna have a sleepless night wondering what’s htc new camera experience is
    Few more days till we find out

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696112190 Ahmad Abdel-Aziz

      Me too 🙂 Sleepless in Cairo 🙂

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  • ukscj

    Great article Larry

    • judazuk

      I guess you are a fan of fiction 🙂

      • ukscj

        Hi do I know you?

        • judazuk

          Well I hardly think so, but do you know everyone that responds to a comment on a random webpage? 🙂

          • ukscj

            First of all I do not post on random webpages, I read this blog as much as I can
            Second point with all your negative points I don’t think HTC will listen to you that way
            If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything
            I personally don’t like apple iPhones or Samsung mobile phones much, but just because off that reasons I don’t go on they’re sites and post comments on random people’s comments
            Anyways didn’t mean to be rude to you or anything
            But think about it

          • judazuk

            My negative comments is a response to a dishonest Infographic by HTC

            I hardly think HTC will listen, and I dont expect them to . I do however expect better behavior from HTC on their own blog. But apparently they want to portray their company in a very negative way.

            For me it’s almost a random webpage, i usually don’t visit HTC’s blog, more their official page to see if they have released anything new to write about, collect facts and specifications.

            I wish HTC would focus on their own positive points instead of trying to make stuff up about the competition in an area they themselves is no good at really. HTC should focus on their great sound experience, their smaller lighter phones. And together with Nokia push Windows Phone 8 to get a new chance in new marketplace. With Android it is after all Samsung all the way at the moment .

          • ukscj

            OK cool

            I don’t think Nokia and HTC will ever team up

            just because Nokia don’t want to have android OS on their phones and HTC is selling more Windows phones then android phones in the US ( as far as I know )

            for me HTC is The best simply because (great build quality, Love the sense UI, awesome camera quality and last but not least all the people I know from HTC Team are very friendly to me.

            If you give them a chance I’m sure you will change your thinking about HTC

            Good luck Dude 🙂

          • http://www.facebook.com/richie.liv Richie Liv

            Clearly, you’ve never seen the pictures from an N8, much less the 808.

          • ukscj

            I have used the N8 for few months
            The camera is ok, not good as the One X or One S tho
            & the 808 has a really good camera but that’s the only good thing about it (the camera)
            Nothing else
            Htc gives you good user experience in every category
            Gaming power, photography, social networking, built quality is always premium & and many more new innovations.

          • dr_zorg

            One X does not come close to N8. You can’t have used one if you state the One X is better.

            The two are in a completely different league! It’s like you saying a cheap point-and-shoot beats a Nikon DSLR.

            Photography is not subjective, a shot is either better or worse and it doesn’t change with the viewer. Resolved detail, colour accuracy, noise etc. All those parameters the N8 has the One X beat many times over.

            And as a parting shot: if you must lie, do it with style. Right now, you fail.

  • Nicholas Gray

    Question: why is an image of the Droid DNA used for the Droid Incredible reference? 😉

    • Ryan Noverly Joseph

      it is the Droid Incredible.. what they did wrong is showing a EVO 4G for a EVO 3D

    • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

      Thanks Nick, as you noticed we had an image in this infographic that was incorrect. Thank you for flagging it for us and we’ve since updated with the correct image. This is just another great example of why we appreciate this community so much – you actively read and input on our content which helps us make it better – thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696112190 Ahmad Abdel-Aziz

    Very cool infographic, Larry!

    Can’t wait for what HTC is going to surprise us with in 2013!

    Hint … Hint…

    2013: HTC kicks off a new camera and sound experience! 🙂

    Thanks again

    • judazuk

      Yeah , and its going to be crap.. like it has been so far .

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696112190 Ahmad Abdel-Aziz

        Never been crap! Maybe your on another page of a completely different book!

  • C-Law

    Lol, droid dna was used for droid incredible picture and the original Evo was used for the Evo 3d picture!

  • Robert Terry

    Can’t wait to see what HTC does next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.ochonski Mikołaj Ochonski

    HTC over everythaaaang

  • http://www.hottocome.com/ Coquelicot

    Great retrospective ! I can’t wait to be the 19th… 😉

    • Stylinred

      it’s not great though since it glossed over so much and categorized what they glossed out as insignificant when it was just the opposite

    • deekbee

      Great as in made up loads of “facts” that have no bearing on reality.

  • http://twitter.com/shahamit99 Amit Shah

    Lovely article 🙂

  • Jon Pace

    Nice little history there. Shame everything went digital, I used to love developing my own black and white pics at school, something so exciting about putting your paper in the solution and seeing what your image was like. (Saying that it is now 20 years since I last did that!!)

    • Stylinred

      did that in school as well it was a great experience that got me interested in photography; it’s a shame i agree

  • Breakingillusions

    ok let see some of this new sound and camera experience on htc windows phone other wise Nokia all the way

  • Spedez

    HTC is a sore looser in mobile phone industry. I’d like to see their faces after Nokia EOS release.

    • Adam

      I was thinking the same thing. Once the EOS is released here in the US…game over HTC.

  • http://twitter.com/sassareel Azareel Resendiz

    I’m sure the HTC Titan didn’t get a better sensor to match its 16 MP camera. Don’t try to down Apple for something you did, too.

  • viosmuseadmin

    And still… the iphones take better pictures than all your devices together. The same optical sensor yet better pics… not in favour htc

    • deekbee

      Would love to know who downvoted you, the iPhone 4S is demonstrably better than any of the HTC cameras.

  • http://twitter.com/savszymura Sav Szymura

    I’d expect a better infographic from HTC.

  • Herman

    Just a note: the megapixel count DOES INDEED help the Nokia 808.

    HTC seems to forget a technique called oversampling. Shame on you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mivirta Mikko Virta

      It’s almost sad how HTC tries to disrespect the king of all camera phones. Yes it’s OS is outdated and a bit sluggish, but still anyone can’t deny the superior quality of its camera. A pitiful move by HTC indeed!

      • http://twitter.com/anidel Aniello Del Sorbo

        And this from a phone maker who’s camera phones had NEVER actually stand out. Ever!

      • http://mattleech.com Matt Leech

        The 808 with Belle FP2 is anything but sluggish. I demonstrated the multitasking, app switching and OS features to a Nexus owning fandroid (and friend) recently and they were blown away. His first question was “how come I’ve never seen this phone in the shops?”.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mivirta Mikko Virta

          Well, i own the phone too and it’s in my other pocket. Lumia 920 is in the other one. The 808 is indeed sluggish in comparison with the WP device. It’s a matter of perspective. It is, though, the best symbian phone ever by far.

          • icedanielgr

            A matter of perspective you say, and it is indeed.

            My perspective is that the 808 (in an overall sense) beats down 95% of the smartphones that came later and are actually in the market. People of the world: “Nokia Belle FP2 is not your foe. Elop is”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/onlyrgu Raghu K Soman

        I use N 808 for the camera…Most of the photgraphers dont care what Os it has.
        But Nokia Maps are great though!!!

    • http://twitter.com/ymala1 Yasir Alam

      Nokia went out of their way to explain how the insane megapixel output of the camera on the 808 isn’t about the number, but rather about how those megapixels are used.
      That snark was just sad.

    • Guest

      I really use 808 for photography i really dot care about the OS.
      And Nokai Maps are really great.

  • Diane

    Neat article Larry! Can’t wait to see what HTC has got in store for us this year!! I have a feeling it’s going to be brilliant!! HTC ftw!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sactheneo Sachin Syam

    ULTRAPIXELS!!!!! :-O

  • http://www.facebook.com/pengtuck Peng Tuck Kwok

    HTC One X+ user myself but sorry the images are still a bit too noisy by default to be really good. Here’s looking to a better sensor and feature set on the camera app in the new phone though.

  • http://gadjade.com/ Jade Bryan V. Jardinico

    Gonna bookmark this until when the M7 (2013) is put to the test againsts Nokia 808 (2012) — just to be sure HTC stands on their gutsy infographic claims about Nokia 808 (2012). Let’s see who’s the one that really talks real innovation.

    • Sabbyj

      HTC failed again! You can see the comparison between 808 and One on the net.

  • http://www.facebook.com/youssef.chehade.16 Youssef Chehade

    Other question, this isn’t the evo 3D this is a evo 4g

  • Stylinred

    pictuire quality hasn’t improved? i like how htc glosses over the amazing steps that companies like Sharp and Nokia had done during those years… come on if you want to make a legit map then do it properly… but then i guess there would be too much praise for the competitors…

    verizons first 8mpx? what on earth… how is that a stepping stone in cameraphone history…

    Im happy that HTC is pushing their cameras in their phones though.. that just means competition and competition is great for the consumer

  • http://twitter.com/anidel Aniello Del Sorbo

    “One Reviewer”?!?!??! and the other hundreds that praised it?

    • judazuk

      the reviewer being Gizmodo that then basically immediately retracted their initial reaction after they actually tried the Nokia 808 first hand. So the infographic is based on one bad comment and conveniently forgetting that this statement was irrelevant after less then one day. .

      not only are basically HTC stealing the colors and the design from the Lumia line with their 8X … they now are so desperate their trying to lie on their own blog? Oh how the mighty never big manufacturer have fallen .

  • hahahi20

    It’s laughable how HTC is bashing other phone companies for joining the MP war, while they see it as an achievement that they had Verizon’s first 8mp phone…

    And that iPhone takes better photo’s than any of the devices HTC has ever build, not to mention the devices Nokia has build. The n8 still has a better camera than any HTC device on the market… even after 3 years…

    And they also forgot the pixel oversampling from the 808, and they forgot to mention the Lumia 920, as the first phone with optical stabilisation.

  • http://twitter.com/aboodesta Abdulla Zaki

    Have you guys even read a single review of the 808 PureView? That thing won’t be matched any time soon…

    • http://www.clubnokiard.com/ Frankie Bloise

      Yes, it will… but probably in year 2025 with an HTC 99X

      • robchan

        HTC wont last that long. They probably go bankrupt in 1-2 years.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    I hope, that this year’s innovations will be something exclusive for HTC.

    • http://www.clubnokiard.com/ Frankie Bloise

      yeah, in a parallel universe probably

    • judazuk

      Would be the first time it ever happened, so I would not hold my breath.

      Since Nokia might bring their “project EOS”, HTC might be doomed already on the camera department (well they already are thanks to the Nokia Lumia 920) unless they pull out something amazing … and a foevon sensor is not the solution .. Sucks in low light apparently

  • http://whatleydude.com James Whatley

    So HTC’s 8MP ‘first’ was a whole year after the N86 was announced? Who was ‘one year late’ exactly? And the 808 ‘fact’ just makes you look like you know nothing about that of which you speak. Seriously, this infographic is laughable.

    Sack your creative team; they don’t know the industry from their elbows.

    • rafiii

      Don’t forget what samsung and Sony Ericsson have been doing too.

      • deekbee

        Samsung and SE haven’t really been doing much to move on mobile photography.

  • http://twitter.com/ymala1 Yasir Alam

    This would’ve been cool if HTC didn’t have their heads up their asses and actually acknowledged what their competitors have accomplished. I hope this retarded derp is on the part of their deluded ad agency rather than an indication of how HTC actually sees things.

  • Felipe Figueiredo Gabriel

    wtf htc? are you joking? nokia is the best, and you know it. HTC, take your potato cameras and lumiawannabe phones and be quiet, no one cares about HTC.

  • Gaichuke

    You’re pathetic, HTC.

  • Matthew Paul

    1. Yes one reviewer may have said that but he is not talking about camera quality. He is talking about the business side of things. Well, we are talking about photography, and undeniably the 808 Pureview blows everything else away. HTC completely misunderstood or knowingly quoted out of context.

    2. What about the thousand other reviewers who recognised what the 808 Pureview is all about.

    3. They conveniently don’t talk about the Lumia 920 which isn’t in the megapixel race, but still kicks ass.

    4. Beats audio is just terrible.

    5. For audio recording Nokia’s Rich Recording with HAAC mics reigns supreme.

    It is going to be a really interesting MWC though now things are heating up. Blackberry is just immediately out of the picture again. They seem pretty screwed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1047892751 Vitaliano Giannangeli

    I have an HTC One S, and it has a very good camera. Great pictures and great video. I like it’s slow motion feature. Well, it is a great mainstream 8MP snapper. But it doesn’t go anyway near the N8 (that I also own), and as the 808 goes, well is just compare a paper plane against a F22. Please, give it a break.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1047892751 Vitaliano Giannangeli

      I also own a 808.

    • http://www.clubnokiard.com/ Frankie Bloise

      Exactly my point, no phone (not even a pocket camera) can beat the one on the 808.

  • http://www.facebook.com/i.ashu AShu Sharma

    lol 😀 😀 – HTC & CAMERA ; what else to say..
    and HTC for god’s sake, pls dont compare your phone with Nokia Pureivew 808, even Nokia 1100 is better than your flagships.. Oh wait !! nokia 1100 didnt have camera, so how come ??
    its because it still doesnt take bad photos 😀 LOL

  • Florin Cristea

    iPhone shouldn’t even be in there and Nokia always had, and still has, the best camera smartphone. My Nokia 808 competes with my friend’s DSLR. Can HTC say that about their phones?
    HTC never stood out with their camera and have the guts to publish this article! I, among many, am outraged!

  • Ryan Noverly Joseph

    People !!! it is the Droid Incredible.. what they did wrong is showing a EVO 4G for a EVO 3D

    • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

      Good catch Ryan, and thanks for flagging it. It is now updated with the correct image. Thanks for being a part of the community.

      • judazuk

        How about correcting the fact that Nokia N86 has an 8MP camera and came out before before any HTC device did with the same .. When will you fix this lie?

        • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

          HI Judazak, the infographic does not say that the Droid Incredible came out before the N86, it says “the Droid Incredible becomes Verizon’s first 8MP camera phone” in 2010. This is a true statement.

          Thanks for participating in the blog.

          • judazuk

            It might be true that it was the first phone with 8MP on Verizon .. but in the real world and in the scope of things it is rather irrelevant and you probably know it is as well. Who cares what that the first phone with one feature, that was already available on other phones before that, in one country on one carrier was.

            HTC has not been first regarding anything in the camera department and phones that is relevant. Trying to desperately find tiny strands to cling to does not change the fact that HTC did not have the first 8MP camera phone in the world .. and that is what counts.

            And the Camera in the HTC Droid Incredible was not even any good.

            I’ll give you that it was not a lie … it is just very dishonest .. and seems rather pathetic really.
            If you want to portray HTC as being desperate and dishonest, it is your choice , your the one representing HTC …

          • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

            Thanks for participating in the blog.

          • Chris

            Wow you are just a tool and an idiot. Just stop commenting here and go to a Windows Phone blog where you belong. Damn.

  • deekbee

    Laughably bad, demonstrably inaccurate, ridiculously selective …. revisionist writing at its best. Lovely work there guys, pretty much a quality own goal.

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  • http://twitter.com/phoenixjyb YanboJIA

    why is this infographic soooooooooo annoying?

  • http://www.facebook.com/santosh.govindasamy Santosh Govindasamy

    Leave all this nonsense, add lock button at the Right side of the phone…… And Sense still makes NO sense……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/junnior.reis.1 Júnnior Reis

    The New HTC Smartphone Has Integration Of An Image Sensor With Size 1″ ???

    Leica Lenses Have ?

    Double ND Filter ?

    Xenon Flash From 4th Generation ?

    8x Lossless Digital Zoom ?

    This Just Cause With These Characteristics This Smartphone Can Be At Higher Quality Photo Nokia 808 PureView PRO !!! 😆

  • C_S_M

    The “one reviewer” HTC refers to, is Gizmodo UK. It was Gizmodo’s initial gut reaction when Nokia announced the 808 and nobody had had chance to try it out. In other words, it wasn’t a review.

    A few weeks later, Gizmodo learned about oversampling when they actually got a chance to use the device. This is what they wrote in their official review:
    “This is how phone imaging should be; heck, this is how all imaging should be”.

    Shame on you, HTC.

    • C_S_M

      From that same review:

      “The Best Part
      Without a doubt, it’s the camera. Its crisp, detailed, well balanced, and produces shots you really don’t think a camera is capable of. In fact, it pretty much blows away compact cameras and even most non-interchangeable lens cameras. With a three-times lossless digital zoom, 41-megapixels to play with, and excellent low light performance, not to mention a beastly flash that’s actually useful, it’s a one-stop point-and-shoot shop. Honestly, that might be doing it a disservice. This is how phone imaging should be; heck, this is how all imaging should be. It won’t replace my DSLR, but I no longer have to take my DSLR everywhere I go just to take decent pictures, thanks to that stupendous image sensor.”

  • Navvarr

    I can quite honestly say… I’ve never owned an HTC phone, nor will I ever own an HTC phone.

    You seem to have missed out the Nokia N86- pre-dates that HTC (forgotten already- mind you, so has everyone else)- which had 8MP sensor.

    I own a Nokia 808 and quite simply its stunning.

    One reviewer might not agree- perhaps he was holding it wrongly- – no wait, that was the iphone 4’s tagline wasn’t it.

    • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

      Hi Navvarr,

      The infographic does not state that the Droid Incredible came out before the N86, It sates that Droid Incredible was the first 8MP on Verizon in 2010.

      I hope one day to count you among our customers.

      • judazuk

        When you manage to create a good quality phone with a half decent camera .. maybe … but you have not so far .. so far you have just been pathetic and dishonest

      • Navvarr

        I don’t honestly see that day ever dawning.
        I’ve owned Nokia smartphones for years now and their photography just gets better and better.

        Unless… of course HTC does actually manage to create a camera phone better than the 808… which I doubt.

        I will however keep an eye on the announcement from HTC, lets see them put their product on the table and let us all decide.
        ps, the last jibe against the 808 was just nonsense- childish even.

  • judazuk

    the infographic is wrong concerning 2006 as well. Nokia’s N95 was announced 2006 (released 2007 though) with a 5MB camera and it was, and still is, amazing . “Pixels numbers for camera phones are increasing quickly, Picture quality does not improve”?? Maybe not in HTC fantasy land. How out of touch with reality are you really..

    • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

      Hi Judazuk,

      Actually the infographic states pixel counts in phones were increasing quickly in 2006. That is a true statement.

      • judazuk

        yes, but “Picture quality does not improve” is false

        • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

          That’s subjective.

  • soulnut

    I wonder who thought this infographic was a good idea!? You do some good things HTC, but it’s not cameras. Read the comments and you’ll see that you tricked no one with this bullshit. Even the N8 from 2010 produces better pictures than anything I’ve seen from you. Please try again, and this time at least mention the N82, N8 and 808 as pioneers in the mobile camera industry before hinting about something better is coming from you in 2013 (which I highly doubt).

  • Kloyd Angelou Turado

    Say what, HTC? 😀 Wake up. Had lots of laugh after reading this post. Bragging about their useless camera. Have you the guts to challenge THE Nokia 808? Wake up. You’re not quietly brilliant. Just stay QUIET.

    • Guest

      Have you not seen Windows Market Share?


      • judazuk

        Yes, it’s increasing , now the third biggest OS in the US, even if Windows Phone has done far better in Europe then the US.

      • Kloyd Angelou Turado

        We’re talking CAMERA Quality. Stupid.

      • Kloyd Angelou Turado

        An HTC lover looking at other aspects not talked about, so that he can win. 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/dhanu.saud Dhanu Saud

    I will keep an eye what HTC will to introduce & believes it will have best camera on phone out there.

  • Sabbyj

    I’m waiting for the new HTC-Potato cam!

  • http://blog.petaqui.com/ petaqui

    Crap, crap and more crap,…. Have HTC ever been in the focus of quality talking about camera phones? NO, never, Nokia always be the focus of quality. Poor HTC with this blog post

  • Guest

    All they care about Megapixel…
    What about the Lens? mechanical shutter? ND filter?Flash
    My Nokia N82 had all the above in 2006

  • http://www.facebook.com/onlyrgu Raghu K Soman

    All they care about is Megapixel ???
    In 808 is megapixel is one of the feature.
    What about the


    Mechanical shutter?

    ND filter?

    Sensor Size?
    MEMS Stereo Microphone?

    Why was phones like SE K750i, SE K800I, N82,N8, SE Satio.

    Not mentioned in this so called history???

  • Adam

    Kindly disagree with “one” reviewer on the 808 PureView.

  • Jun Hyeon Mun

    Let’s get this right: iPhone 4S’ 8MP iSight camera(official name) is still one of the best cameras on any mobile phone. I don’t know about the size of the image sensor not increasing, but Apple didn’t just increase the number of pixels from 4 to 4S. Other than pixel increase, the aperture is wider to capture more light, an additional fifth lens to capture sharper photos, a hybrid IR filter for accurate colors and ISP in A5 chip for post-processing. Let’s get just get the facts right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngage.neo N Gage Neo

    Even 808 pureview can compete DSLR with oversampling technology. And this????

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngage.neo N Gage Neo

    And don’t forget why not include Carl Zeiss in history???

  • M_F

    HTC is an attention vvhore with low self-esteem and inferiority complex. Have you noticed how every single thing HTC is doing is about how it is the “First to do blah blah blah” no matter how trivial it is? It’s pretty sad when you have to scrap the bottom of the barrel to find something positive to say about your own product. “First 8MP smartphone on Verizon”, seriously??? More chest-thumping: “8X is the hero Windows Phone”, seriously??? Come on HTC, enough hot air. Spend less time talking trash and more time actually doing technology. And PLEASE, start obsessing about yourself and your own products than constantly obsessing about Nokia!

    • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

      Hi MF – We’ve been leading technology in mobility for years. Who introduced the first Windows Mobile Phone? Who released the first Android phone? It was HTC both times. Now we are the first phone in the world with a full-HD 1080p screen, first phone with an 88 degree wide angle front-facing camera. We are honored you come to our blog to stay up to date on what HTC is doing.

  • robinottawa

    I can only give some credit to HTC for making a claim about the 808 that is bogus but at least letting everyone tell them so.

  • Adil Wadia

    HTC seems to have forgotten that there are better camera on phones, and Infamity does not translate into retail sales anymore. In a hyper competitive world of mobile telephones HTC will drown and sink like a stone in water. Truth catches up fast and it has indeed caught up. HTC loves gloating on its sucesses that it claims are innovations basis internal research and has the guts to trash talk competition basis third party reviews , passing the buck to others just in case they are sued in court.

    The Nokia 808 is the best camera on a mobile phone, the N8 follows and then there are a lot of other mobile phones with camera modules that also exist. HTC is among the many that also exist.

    Will HTC be willing to subject its supposedly best imaging technology to a one on one test with its competitors, I do not think so if they applied sane mind to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/damian.roz Damian Róż

    2013 – HTC have camera which has size of pixel 2 microns
    2007 – Nokia developed N95 model – size of pixel 2.2 microns

    Bravo for HTC – only 6 years after Nokia