Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei has been doing so well since its inception and it has got a taste of success in every price segment now, except for the fact that it doesn’t have to enter the price range of over Rs. 50000 where some other flagships are available, because the brand has been able to offer the same at a much lesser price.
While we’ve always noticed that the Honor smartphones have been built to offer everything without any compromises and still that getting a reasonable pricing, one aspect that the brand has worked on all the time and has made sure that the experience there always stays good, is the camera. It isn’t just the recent smartphones under the high-end range but even the early devices under Honor’s budget lineup showed that there is no discrimination when it comes to the software offering, which not many brands do as they offer features based on the price range.
Now, what makes me say that Honor’s camera offerings are so good?
It isn’t only the hardware or the software individually. No, it wouldn’t be fair to credit only one aspect because the conjunction of the two lead to better captures and that has been the case for the last few generations of smartphones offered by the company.
Usually, when one brand offers something good, others step it up and try to offer something better, but with Honor, that hasn’t been the case with the cameras because the dual-lens setup that is offered on the smartphones is still a clear winner.
The Honor 6X for example easily had one of the best cameras in its price range and no other smartphone under Rs. 15000 offered a better optic that is capable of reproducing colors so well and also take the pictures with background defocus. It competed with the phones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Coolpad Cool 1 Dual, and the Moto G5 Plus. One of them also had a similar dual-lens camera combo and the other had a wider aperture. But then, none came close to what the cameras on the Honor 6X offered.
Now, moving on to the better phones from the company. The Honor 6 Plus was the first attempt from the company, and probably one of the early ones in the smartphone industry in having two cameras on the back to give the blur effect. Honestly, it wasn’t as well received but that paved the way for what came after that. The Honor 8, Honor 8 Pro and the Honor 9 were some of the best-made phones from the brand and the most recent Honor 8 Pro, as we had mentioned earlier, is a package that is not only about the cameras even though that aspect makes it a serious cameraphone.
Two cameras can work together in many ways. Apple chose to offer the secondary lens to give better zooming, while LG has been offering that for over a year now and that secondary lens was for the wide-angle shots when you want to take landscape captures. While OnePlus also has stepped up from its predecessor to now offer a telephoto lens, it is Huawei and Honor maintaining what they had started to offer from the Huawei P9, a combination of cameras where the first one has a color sensor while the second one offers a monochrome sensor.
If it would’ve failed, Honor would have already changed it and would have made corrections to what is offered, but the fact that the software and the dual camera have been able to offer excellent image quality has made them retain it and just work to make it better with time. The Honor 8 Pro has two 12-megapixel cameras. The way they work together is interesting on the technical side but for the end user, the final output that it gives is very good. The RGB sensor records the color information and the monochrome sensor doesn’t have to do that and thus, it takes in only the accurate details of what is present in the frame. The information from both of them are merged by the software and what you see is a perfect color reproduction and enough detailing in the final output.
There’s no surprises, and one can expect Honor to only get better than this if not keep it the same. It isn’t that having one a combination of a color sensor and a monochrome one should be enough because there has to be a proper work done on having an optimization that leads to a good picture and Honor has been able to do that well.