YotaPhone 2 Review: Choose A Side: Camera, Image And Video Quality

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Amazingly fine 8MP camera

The YotaPhone 2 comes with a surprisingly fine 8MP auto-focus camera. It takes images in a maximum resolution of 3264x2448 pixels. It has a built-in HDR mode, which can even be set to activate automatically in certain shooting conditions.

The capturing camera UI is intuitive and requires practically no time to acquire used to. The image capture button is on the correct side. Timer, flash settings, grid view, and the ability to switch to the front-facing capturing camera are available via a menu in the top correct corner.

The shooting options are located on the left side. They include regular shots, Panorama, Lens Blur, Photo Sphere, and Video.

The capturing camera UI

HDR+ requires manual activation. We wish that there was an auto option available, though its lack is hardly a deal breaker.

The capturing camera locks up focus rapidly. You can change the focus point via a tap on the screen.

Users can opt to set their image exposure manually via a toggle in the settings menu. Resolution of the photos, as well as the quality of the panoramas can also be tweaked.

YotaPhone 2 snaps amazingly fine 8MP shots - if our test charts and posters are to be believed, it's even better than the 8MP capturing camera on iPhone 6. The shots have plenty of resolved detail, impressively contained noise without any obvious noise reduction smears, and no oversharpening. Best of all, the processing itself is so mature that when pixel-peeping, it's hard to disclose the photos come from a cameraphone and not a dedicated digicam.

YotaPhone 2 capturing camera samples

Turning on HDR does a fine job of extending the dynamic range. It resolves more detail in the shadows, but it leads to somewhat unnatural looking highlights.

HDR off • HDR on • HDR off • HDR on

YotaPhone 2 supports shooting 180-degree panoramic pictures. You can choose between three settings for the output resolution - low (high-speed), medium (normal speed), and high (slow). The high resolution option shoots at about 15000 x 2800 px. The resolved detail and contrast in those pano images is quite poor and the focus seems inaccurate on all shots we've taken.

YotaPhone 2 panorama

You can utilize the rear capturing camera for a selfies by switching the live capturing camera feed to the rear display with the Yota Mirror. This way you will have the viewfinder facing you.

Photo quality comparison

The YotaPhone 2 enters our Photo quality comparison tool to face off against other 8MP shooters and you can see it even outdoes the iPhone 6 in all three test charts.

The YotaPhone 2 in our photo compare test

1080p video recording at 30 fps

The camcorder UI shares the same viewfinder with the still camera. The YotaPhone 2 records 1080p videos at 30fps. The bitrate averages about 20Mbps, which explains the fine amount of resolved detail. Audio is recorded at 96 Kbps in stereo mode with a sampling rate of 48 kHz.

Camcorder • settings

Videos by the YotaPhone 2 are not on the level of the still images. Indeed, there is is enough detail, the colors are good, and the framerate is smooth. However there is a certain softness to them and they are nowhere as fine as the ones shot by the iPhone 6.

This is a short video sample, which we've uploaded on YouTube.

And this is an untouched 1080p video sample taken straight from the YotaPhone 2.

Video quality comparison

The YotaPhone 2 enters our video quality comparison tool to be pitted against other 1080p camcorders. You can choose the devices you compare it against from within the tools' page. You can see the that unlike the still images, the YotaPHone 2 fares worse than the iPhone 6 when it comes to video recording.

The YotaPhone 2 in our Video quality comparison tool



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