Now that the megapixel race is sort of passé, DSLR and smartphone makers have found new grounds to battle: low light. The one with the best picture in low light wins!

Nikon launched D3200 with 24 useless megapixels. Samsung and Sony have 13 megapixel cameras on their smartphone. The 50 megapixel DSLR is near. All have great pictures in their presentations, but only Nokia was dumb enough to get caught doctoring them.

I actually thought HTC did a smart thing stopping that and launching a smartphone with a 4 megapixel camera. Until I saw what the camera can do. Not pretty.  The new camera cannot stand ground against a 2-year old iPhone 4S.

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No smartphone can compete against a DSLR with a 6 megapixel sensor from 6 years ago, as you can see in the second shot (HTC One vs. Sony A700), but they keep launching them with bigger and bigger megapixel count, ignoring that 99% of the pictures taken with a smartphone end up on Facebook or Instagram, shrunk down to 1600px, which is about 2 megapixels. So, we take them at 8 or 13 megapixels and then resize them. Cramming more in the same small sensor is useless. Make the sensor better in overall situations, cause no one cares about panoramic pictures.