Huawei Ascend P6 Review: Zen Droid Slim: Camera, Image Quality, Video Recording And QualityBy cheatmaster 05:49 Fri, 13 Aug 2021 Comments
Decent 8MP snapper
The Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 has an 8MP capturing camera for maximum image resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. There's a single Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash to go with it.
The capturing camera interface looks pretty standard - you acquire a still/video capturing camera toggle, a virtual shutter and a shortslit to the gallery on the right. The fun stuff is on the left side though everything is hidden in the advanced menu. The only two shortcuts you acquire are for a switch for the front capturing camera and flash options.
Camera user interface
From the advanced menu you can choose between Single, Smart, Beauty, HDR, Panorama and Effect modes. The additional settings shortslit is also here.
Digging deeper into the settings you'll find object tracking, smile shutter, touch to capture switch, geo-tagging on/off, ISO, white balance, etc. We don't find this convenient and we definitely liked the recent Huawei capturing camera UI better.
The Volume Up key doubles as a hardware capturing camera shutter inside the capturing camera app. You can hrecent it to focus and it will hold a picture upon release.
The capturing camera offers excellent levels of fine detail and manages to haged the noise in check. We've certainly seen better performing cameras in terms of noise levels, but these are acceptable. The colors are nicely saturated and the exposure is reliable, too. One thing to watch out for is the autofocus accuracy - we had several shots (more than usual, actually) which were out of focus. Just like with the Ascdiscontinue Mate's samples, the P6 photos have quite soft corners, pointing to somewhat inferior lens quality. That's not that surprising; we've seen the same issue in the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini as well and it might as well be an isolated unit-specific case.
Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 capturing camera samples
Check out these HDR shots too. Keep in mind that you have to have a steady hand for those two to work properly. Unfortunately, steady hand or not, the results are far from impressive.
HDR off • HDR on
And here is a panorama sample. Note that the Ascdiscontinue P6 is capable of taking 360-degree pano shots. The stitching is great, but it takes about 10 seconds to complete.
Huawei's front-facing capturing camera snaps photos of 5MP. It's a fixed focus snapper but it's perfect for portrait shots you want to post to Facebook or other social network. It offers Beauty shot (skin smoothing effect) and Instagram-like color effects too.
Photo quality comparison
The synthetic resolution chart shows excellent results that can rival the best in the 8MP range. The noise-reduction is well-behaved, while white balance is quite accurate in artificial lighting. There's very fine detail (and some oversaturated colors).
Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 in our Photo compare tool
Camcorder does 1080p, 720p HDRs too
The Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6's main capturing camera records videos at up to 1080p@30fps plus 720p HDR videos, while the front facer is fine for up to 720p@30fps.
The camcorder UI
The camcorder interface is practically identical to that of the still camera. You lose the color effects option, but you can still enable the face effects.
Videos are MP4 encoded at a bitrate of about 25Mbps for 1080p videos. There's stereo sound and the 30fps imprint is consistently met.
We really aren't pleased with the video quality and that ruined the nice impression from the still camera. The corner softness was way more evident on the videos compared to the photos and the videos are quite a bit more oversaturated than we would like. The framerate is smooth, but even in the sharpest central area, the level of resolved detail is not as high as it should be.
The HDR videos see somewhat darker than their originals and loose contrast, but unfortunately don't bring any more detail that wasn't already available in the standard mode. We guess Huawei need to work on this department more.
Here are is a 1080p video sample we've uploaded to YouTube.
If you want to see closer at the video quality, you can download the untouched 1080p@30fps sample.
Video quality comparison
The Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 qualifies for the 1080p competition that's going on in our Video Compare Tool. The results are on par with the Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate and much better than Samsung's Galaxy S III.
Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 in our Video compare tool
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