India’s smartphone market is a congested place to be in. While there are some devices that just blend in with other offerings, a select few of them stand apart from the crowd, thanks to a set of unique features. This is exactly what Honor has tried to achieve with its latest flagship, the Honor 8. Huawei’s sub-brand has opted for some powerful hardware for the device, be it a 5.2-inch full HD display, a premium metal unibody with a fingerprint scanner, a HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC or the beefy 4GB of RAM – all offered in a package that doesn’t require breaking a bank. Not enough, you say? Priced at Rs 29,999, the Honor 8 brings in a feature that even some flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7 duo or the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 7 miss out on – a dual-camera setup.
Having two cameras instead of a single sensor is one thing, but the way you handle the two lenses to produce better results is what actually matters. Honor has aced the same with the Honor 8, as both the hardware and software processing has been implemented superbly. Interestingly, the smartphone utilises a similar kind of dual-camera setup as the Huawei P9, albeit without any Leica branding.
The way this works is that both cameras carry a 12MP resolution with f/2.2 aperture, but one of them captures images in black and white, while the other takes them in color. All that is left to do is combine the two pictures to offer a better-looking image, something that’s taken care of by the software.
A capable smartphone camera is one that doesn’t require much tinkering with the settings to get the best picture possible. That said, the inclusion of various shooting modes does help in getting that perfect look according to the situation. The camera app on the Honor 8 finds a perfect balance as it is quite minimalistic by default, yet hides an array of useful modes including Beauty, Beauty Video, Pro Photo, Pro Video, Good Food, Panorama, HDR, Night Shot, Light Painting, Time Lapse, Slow-mo and we could go on and on. The addition of filters is like a cherry on top.
In bright daylight, the camera performs quite well. The exposure is evenly balanced, the dynamic range is on point, and there’s plenty of detail in the pictures instead of unwanted noise. We’ll let the pictures do the talking (embedded below), but there’s a little doubt that the phone does a commendable job in night shots as well. Noise levels are low, subjects are in focus, and everything is lit up nicely. The flash does its job as well, giving the picture a well-balanced neutral hue rather than an artificial feel.
While all the modes on the smartphone are quite interesting, some of them offer DSLR-like capabilities. With the depth of field mode, one can capture bokeh images by blurring all the elements except the subject. The light painting mode on the other hand, lets you capture light trails or star movements by keeping the shutter speeds extremely low.
Enough talk about the dual rear cameras. What if you’re an avid selfie lover? Well, we’ve good news for you. The 8MP front camera of the Honor 8 works quite well, displaying accurate skin tones and high levels of clarity.
Overall, the camera performance of the Honor 8 is outstanding. The shots taken by the dual cameras are testimonies to its prowess. A lot more can be accomplished using the in-built Pro and shooting modes. All said and done, not only its performance can’t be easily matched by many devices in its price range, it also comes across as a great choice for shutterbugs.