Honor 5C: An Average Performer


Honor 5C

Natasha Desai gets her hands on the pocket friendly Honor 5C to see what’s new.

Honor’s latest offering to the already crowded budget segment is the Honor 5c. With this phone, it brings a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera at Rs. 10,999. I set out to find out whether it was up to the mark.

What’s in the Bag?
As with all Honor phones, it offers a slew of options in the camera menu. Apart from the usual suspects, the phone very interestingly offers a Pro Video mode. Here, you can adjust your metering, exposure compensation, focus mode, and white balance, which I think is very interesting for the price point that the phone is at. The Pro Photo mode gives you control over the same parameters and additionally, shutterspeed and ISO too.

In this image, the autofocus struggled quite a bit before finally focussing on the bird. Photograph/natasha Desai

In this image, the autofocus struggled quite a bit before finally focussing on the bird. Photograph/natasha Desai

How it Perfomed
The camera offers object tracking, which is average at best. The autofocus too, is a little sluggish, especially in low light. Image quality in bright light is usable online and for small screens, but I was not happy with the loss in detail. At higher ISOs like 1600, images become increasingly smeary and surprisingly, even at lower ISOs, loss in detail is very evident. As is the norm with Honor, it has an Ultra Snapshot mode which shoots an image when you use the volume button, when the device is locked. However, more often than not, you’re going to be staring at a blurry image because of no OIS.

In Conclusion
I am usually quite happy with Honor, as it caters good products at affordable price points. But with this phone, I was a little let down with the camera quality. I would think that the LeEco Le 1s that we reviewed a few issues ago, would be a better option for the same price.

SPECIFICATIONS 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 5.2-inch display, Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A5, 2GB RAM, Rs. 10,999
WHAT WE LIKE Premium build on a budget, Pro Video mode
WHAT WE DISLIKE Sluggish AF, average image quality
WHY BUY IT The Honor 5C is a good looking phone available at a budget-friendly price, but with average camera performance
CAMERA FEATURES 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera  19/25 
IMAGE QUALITY  Not enough of detail in images, poor low light performance  22/30
VIDEO QUALITY Full-HD video recording  12/15
HANDLING  Smaller sized with a smooth exterior that gets slippery  13/15
SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS Responsive, but a slow shooter  11/15
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