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Can You Tell The Difference In Photos Taken With The HTC One X and Those With A Professional Camera? [Challenge]

And not just any smartphone. HTC throwing a fun little challenge on their official blog, to see if you can correctly distinguish which of the 10 images they posted were taken with the HTC One X, and which were taken using a traditional “professional” digital camera.

If this was 2011, I’d ace that test. But HTC has come along way since then, using all new back-lit camera sensors and even a specialized chip for handling images. The test was definitely harder than I thought. Either way, I managed to score 8 out of 10 (I have special eyes). Hit up the link below to take the challenge for yourself and double back here with your score.

[HTC Camera Phone Challenge]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYQUMMC7Z4UBLSHQAJGNJBKVPM JamesS

    This is pretty much a joke. First of all, I don’t display images from my pro rig that small. Second, without a true side by side, this is useless. Also, what do they define as a pro camera? Who took each set of photos? An honest “pro” camera will always beat out a cell camera when viewed at a decent display size.

    • http://profiles.google.com/hendrix04 Matthew Hendrix

      I agree, and on top of that, I correctly picked 8 of 10 and I am by no means an expert.

      • Marsg

        lol i got 9 out of 10 the lighting pretty much gave it away on most of the pictures but the fact that their formatted to such a small size you cant really tell the difference in quality hell even a picture taken with a nexus could look good when the the photo is scaled to that size

        • FreakFly

          I agree. I got 8 out of 10. When the lighting was similar, the wide angle of the phone gave it away.

      • NickTesla

        I picked 10 out of 10 but scored 9/10 because I skimmed across the corner of one with the mouse. Something about the color balance that helped me pick. I am not a Pro Photographer either

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMAN2Q4HRJPFTNVU62NOWKIEUA Lewis

      Absolutely. I can’t take the same quality photos with my Rezound that my father takes with his professional camera. Photoshop might could make it look like that, but without any editing, they don’t even come close side-by-side.

      I’m also pretty sure my Coolpix could out-do a smartphone camera…

    • lordofthereef

      I agree. Maybe it would work better if we compared a pro camera (let’s assume DSLR of any flavor as I think we can agree they all SHOULD take better pics than a smartphone) to a smartphone, both in the hands of the same novice photographer.

  • http://christiaanconover.com/ Christiaan Conover

    Interesting marketing, but still skewed and not an effective side-by-side comparison.

    Still, I *really* want the One X. Too bad it’s not on VZW.

  • RitishOemraw

    Just as fair as the Smoked by WP challenge.
    Rigged in favor of the host.

    Got a measly 5 out of 10 right. (flipping a coin wouldn’t even do as worse than I did xD)

    Still, fun nonetheless

    • c4v3man

      I did worse… 3 out of 10. It’s kinda hard to tell when they’re that small, and going by dynamic range is even hard on the monitor I’m using right now with low contrast.

  • Aztec713

    right click and save and u will get the name for example dslr1 or smartphone1

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Cheater -_-

  • alfonzso

    Ridiculously biased challenge. Just made me dislike HTC even more after rigging it in favor of their phone. How can you have a photo challenge without using the same scenes and framing?

    • malcmilli

      relax my friend, its just a simple fun ad.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZLOTEIADMVYKDQXQBWAO6P7XRQ Jim

    Just about any picture you take with a phone camera will look great at that size, as the shrinking process will mask artifacts, noise, focus or detail resolution issues in the original. Just about all that’s left is color rendition. This “challenge” proves nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cajunaggie87 cajunaggie87

    I just did it and I got 90% correct.

  • http://twitter.com/mightybs Brett Stauner

    8 of 10 for me too.

  • edoggy

    Identified 7 out of 10. Small res photos will look decent from a smart phone. This is not surprising. The sensors and lenses have gotten much better (which is good of course.) But, high res photos, low light, low noise, high burst rate, depth of field, ergonomics, the list goes on, and SLR is better.

  • Sam

    6 out of 10

  • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/fd6cdeba-3264-11e1-bc45-000bcdca4d7a ingua2

    I think people are getting all bitchy for no reason about this. The fact that iphoneography is gaining more popularity (more than just that instagimp junk that Julie likes) means people are going to start taking photography on smart phones a bit more seriously. Do I want to carry around my DSLR with lenses over a grand a piece every time I go out? No. Having capable smart phone allows you to get shots on the fly when you don’t have your gear with you. Quit being hipsters.

    I’m glad HTC is trying to make an effort to show that Android smart phones can take great pictures. I don’t mind them trying to call out “pro” cameras versus an iphone. It just means they’re above and beyond iJunk and are trying to elevate Droidography, which is something we should all be doing.

    • IronHorse01

      Droidography? iJunk? Instagimp? You couldn’t sound any more cheesier or geekier lol (no it doesn’t sound cool) ;)

  • MikeRoorda

    Scored 7 out 10 by just looking for soft lighting in some of the photos with shadows and whatnot. Also, as was stated in the Project Glass comments section, taking pictures outside in direct or near direct sunlight does not make for a good stress test when it comes to camera sensors. Those conditions will make even the crappiest camera seem half decent.

  • WrinkledForeskin

    Take a chill pill guys, all of the sudden everyone is a professional photography expert. Its just a fun little test. :)

  • renGek

    I notice that whenever there are these types of “which photo is from a pro camera” test, they use nice day time photos. How about low light fast action? Do one of dancers in a theater or lots of movement at a concert and tell me how well that goes.

    And a test of image after the fact is only part of the reality. The ability to get a shot is a much bigger deal than people realizes. As advanced as auto focus and metering is there are plenty of time when you have to do it manually which you just can’t simulate on a phone. Just the shape of the phone itself is not appropriate for taking a picture. You can’t grasp it like a camera. The list goes on and on. Cellphone cameras are point and shoot. You wouldn’t compare point and shoot with a fully geared nikon or canon so why pretend a cell phone can.

  • OmniUni

    Despite the tiny thumbnails and very different subjects, I was able to identify 10/10 due to dynamic range and edge distortion. I am actually very disappointed. For HTC, a company that has traditionally done very well with their cell cameras, the camera on my Droid 4 fares much better with a softer more natural color profile, and almost no perceptable distortion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=629493452 Victor Ng

    I got myself 9 out of 10 :D:D

  • Guest

    can you tell the difference between the photos taken with my Gnex and the photos taken from my decade old motorola razr? Because I cant.

  • DavidB23

    This is a test designed to be ambiguous.

    Even if framing and same scenens were shot; images that small are pretty meaningless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/akc.cain29 Kin Kin Carungay

    It was pretty easy if it was taken with a smart phone or a pro cam. It’s all about the angle you know. If you notice a picture that look appealing, for sure it was taken with a smart phone. HAHAHAHHA NICE TROLLING, HTC ;]

  • avengers

    Best camera phone is Nokia 808! 42megapixel, awesome hd video, and awesome video sound. Yes it is not an android.

  • Dave4321

    Even with a tiny image, you can see that HTC photo has completely blown highlights in the sky, horrible chromatic aberration (purple fringing), and ugly bokeh.

  • SpacelySproketz

    4 out of 10

  • waylon

    10. Only cause the smartphone pics were to random.they should have used the same drop for each shot.

  • duke69111

    I scored a 10 out of 10 on my first try.