The front facing camera comes with a resolution of eight megapixels. She has an ultra-wide angle, that means that, for example, several people can fit in the picture as the angle is wider. Videos can be recorded in 1080p. It features as well a so called beauty mode. This mode, when enabled, smooths the skin, enlarges the eyes and much more.
The camera on the back of the P8 is the actual highlight. The resolution of the RGBW sensor is 13 megapixels, plus it brings as well a bright aperture of f/2. Behind the optics sits an optical image stabilizer with a correction angle of 1.2 degrees. The system also has a dedicated image processor available, it is responsible for calculating the brightness, color saturation, color and much more.
At this point we have to give a huge praise to the Huawei Device: While Apple, HTC and Samsung allow that the camera is peeping out from the housing, everything is kept nice and flat on the P8, and the phone is only 6.4 mm thin! In comparison, the iPhone 6 is 6.9 mm thin and the camera stands out a few millimeters out of the case – this is because a not even built-in Optical Image Stabilisator. The same applies to the One M9 of HTC.
The hardware is up to date, but how is the quality? Overall the pictures we had taken were very good. Great colors, good contrast and normal behavior in low light, if you use the automatic settings. The pictures are – compared to other devices – usually a bit brighter. This is due to the fourth, built-in white filter in the sensor. What I’m missing on the camera is a little more sharpness. Images are not blurring , the stabilizer does a very good job on this. However if you look at the image at 100%, contours are getting sometimes hard to find.
We noticed that the phone has an excellent range. It allows great macro shots as well. For No-light scenarios, the user has three options available – and in all disciplines the P8 defeated Samsung’s Galaxy S6.
- On the P8 is a dual-LED with two different colors which automatically adjust the white balance in the dark – the Galaxy S6 has only a single-color LED.
- The P8 can change its light sensitivity to ISO1600 to get principally brighter recordings – the Galaxy S 6, the value is only to ISO800.
- The P8 is able to take pictures with long exposure. With 2 or 4 seconds, the Onboard Image Stabilizer still reasonably help to shoot freehand, On everything above that it you do need a tripod.