HTC camera specialist Symon Whitehorn has made the bold claim that smartphone optics, in particular HTC's, will be able to go toe-to-toe with DSLR cameras within 18 months. His comments came in an interview with Vodafone UK to celebrate the launch of the company's latest device, the HTC One M8, where he claimed that optical zooming is just a matter of time for HTC.
Optical zooming in a smartphone is not too far off at all for HTC. I can't give too much away, but within 12-18 months we'll see huge advances in phone optics.Everyone wants optical zooming, and that's on the horizon. We're trying to match the performance of dedicated cameras.We're never going to match that in the short term but we are getting towards those effects.
Despite the fact that the One M8's camera has come in for a lot of criticism for its poor resolution, HTC seems confident that it'll be able to take on the might of DSLRs in the very near future, however it's not yet looking at 4K as a priority, with Whitehorn saying that the company is planning to wait until 4K "can really fit into people's lives", suggesting that we won't see its implementation in the company's handsets until sales of ultra HD TVs increase.