Honor 6 Plus: Almost Honourable

 
Honor 6 Plus

Honor 6 Plus

The latest flagship from Huawei makes some pretty lofty claims about the Honor 6 Plus’ camera. Natasha Desai investigates.

From Huawei’s ‘smartphone e-brand’ Honor comes the 6 Plus. The predecessor, the Honor 6 featured a 13MP rear camera. The 6 Plus comes with a dual camera setup of 8MP each, which saves a maximum of 13MP resolution images. The phone offers the ability to refocus after shooting, much like the HTC One, Xiaomi Mi4 phones and Lytro cameras.

Although the camera does a good job in low light, there is a fair amount of noise reduction taking place. Photograph/Natasha Desai

Although the camera does a good job in low light, there is a fair amount of noise reduction taking place. Photograph/Natasha Desai

What it Comes With
The phone features 32GB of storage, expandable to 128GB ,which is quite cool. The phone’s Panorama mode is available for the front camera as well. With the Super Night mode, you can shoot 10sec long exposures, with decent results, if you can keep your phone steady using a tripod grip or by keeping it on a surface.

The phone’s battery life is very good. It lasted the entire day inspite of continuous heavy shooting and app multi-tasking.

Not So Bad After All
What I was not too kicked about was the phone’s shutter lag, that made me miss quite a few interesting moments. It does, however, shoot decent HDR images and the video quality is pretty good too. The 8MP front camera gives you a zoomedin preview of your expression, so no bad selfies, ever! Another cool feature is the Ultrasnapshot, which shoots whatever is in front of the camera with a double press of the volume button, when the screen is locked.

The screen showed me images with punchy colours, but when viewed on the computer, they turned out quite flat. Photograph/Natasha Desai

The screen showed me images with punchy colours, but when viewed on the computer, they turned out quite flat. Photograph/Natasha Desai

Overall, the Honor 6 Plus is really great as a phone and not bad at all as a shooter. But, at Rs. 26,499 and the promise of ‘DSLR quality images’, I would expect RAW shooting capability, and no shutter lag. In this price range, you will also find the Xiaomi Mi 4 with 4k capability but with average low light performance.

After you shoot the image, the Honor 6 Plus offers the ability to change its focus point. However, this supposed change in depth of field, looks more like something an app would do and I was not too happy with the results. It looked a lot like the Lens Blur option that Google Camera offers. That said, the dual lens system delivers on image quality. What I really liked was its low light performance. There was really good flare and noise control with not much loss of detail. Unsurprisingly, it isn’t the ‘DSLR quality’ that the company claims. Photograph/Natasha Desai

After you shoot the image, the Honor 6 Plus offers the ability to change its focus point. However, this supposed change in depth of field, looks more like something an app would do and I was not too happy with the results. It looked a lot like the Lens Blur option that Google Camera offers. That said, the dual lens system delivers on image quality. What I really liked was its low light performance. There was really good flare and noise control with not much loss of detail. Unsurprisingly, it isn’t the ‘DSLR quality’ that the company claims. Photograph/Natasha Desai

AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS Dual parallel 8MP rear camera, 32GB inbuilt memory expnadable to 128GB,
1.3GHz octa-core Huawei Kirin 925 processor, 3GB RAM, Rs. 26,499
WHAT WE LIKE Overall performance, battery life, low light performance
WHAT WE DISLIKE Shutter lag, not-so-great refocusing ability
WHY BUY IT It is pretty good as an Android phone, it offers more than enough storage
space and a great camera
FINAL RATINGS 87%
CAMERA FEATURES Object tracking, refocus mode after shooting  22/25 
IMAGE QUALITY  Good image quality, good results in low light  26/30
VIDEO QUALITY Pretty good video at 1080p at 30fps  13/15
HANDLING  Ergonomically clumsy to hold, but sturdy enough  13/15
SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS Phone is quick, but camera shutter lag exists  13/15

 

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