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Sony Xperia X vs HTC 10:- which has the better camera

Make a quick guess: what do people photograph the most? Themselves, maybe? Or landmarks and artifacts like the Eiffel Tower or the Mona Lisa? Or perhaps we now mostly take photos of food and cutesy animals? Or of fingers accidentally placed in front of the lens? Whatever the answer, we're pretty sure that smartphones have helped us get there. Every model now has a decent camera that anyone can use, and boy, do people use their phones' cameras! Not all cameras are made equal, however, which is why we often do comparisons to find out which phone shoots best. 

Two of our last camera comparisons put the Sony Xperia X against a couple of formidable opponents, namely the iPhone 6s and the Galaxy S7. Alas, Sony's new top phone lost both races, but we're now giving it another chance to prove itself. Today, we'll compare the Xperia X vs the HTC 10. Here's a quick overview of what the two phones have to offer in terms of camera specs:

Camera Specs
Sony Xperia XHTC 10
Resolution and
aspect ratio
23MP @ 4:3
5520 x 4140 pixels
12MP @ 4:3
4000 x 3000 pixels
Sensor and
pixel size
1.12 μm
1.55 μm
Focal length
and aperture
24 mm
26 mm
Focus and
Phase detection AF
Object tracking
Optical stabilization
Laser AF
Optical stabilization

Looking at specs alone, it seems like the HTC 10 could have the upper hand in low-light situations thanks to its larger pixels and wider aperture. On the other hand, the Xperia X has the megapixel advantage, with almost twice the megapixels to work with. However, it should be noted that while Xperia X boasts a 23MP camera sensor, we've taken the photos at 8MP of resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. This is the default shooting mode set on the device and the one most people are likely to use. As for the HTC 10, it shoots 12MP stills by default.

We must also point out that the slide-over galleries used below contain cropped, scaled down photos for easier general comparison. The original, full-resolution photos can be found in a gallery at the very bottom of this article. With all of this cleared up, let us comment on some photos.

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