Huawei is one of those rare brands which has always managed to leverage its hardware expertise to deliver a meaningful experience to end consumers. The dual-camera hardware, which is increasingly becoming a smartphone stable, first debuted with the Honor 6 Plus.
Launched in 2015, this remarkable Honor handset had two 8MP camera sensors assisted by innovative software that allowed for features like super wide aperture, super night mode, and was a big step ahead in smartphone photography.
Over the years, the same technology has evolved and has been perfected in the latest Honor flagship, the Honor 8.
The Huawei Honor 8 has two 12MP camera sensors mounted on the rear. One of the two is a standard one, while the second one is a monochrome sensor which allows Honor 8 to capture three times more light and thus assists with better low light performance.
Both camera sensors are mounted on the same PCB, have large 1/ 2.9 – inch size and have relatively large 1.29-micrometer pixels. Lens optics on top lists 35mm focal length, and f/2.2 aperture.
The camera combines the data captured from both sensors to improve image quality. The resulting images show awesome highlight, realistic color hues, and minimal noise. The main credit for this magical rendition goes to the powerful dual-core Image Signal Processor (ISP) integrated within the Kirin 950 chipset.
Moreover, Huawei has added another separate dedicated ISP to calculate the distance of imaging subject which helps with fast autofocusing using the Hybrid autofocus system that combines the use of laser auto focus and Contrast-based autofocus.
Naturally, this dedicated ISP is also responsible for calculating the distance for background defocus or for adding bokeh effect to images post-capture. The camera also allows you to live preview bokeh effect even before shooting the image. Relying on a dedicated ISP instead of the main chip for distance calculation improves focusing speed by 200 percent.
The software on the Honor 8 is equally interesting. To start with, the app is very convenient to use. You can touch anywhere to refocus, slide up and down to change exposure. You can simply press the shutter key to shoot images or long press it for burst capture. You can further slide from the top or left (depending on orientation) to access various toggles and filters.
Swiping from bottom or left takes you to different modes. Using these different modes, you can capture images with your voice, beautify both front and rear camera shots or automatically set the shutter to fire when someone in the viewfinder smiles.
The Pro mode allows granular control over basic settings like shutter speed, exposure, white balance, focus, and ISO. If you are acquainted with basics of photography, you will absolutely love the pro mode and find it incredibly efficient. Unlike most camera apps, the Honor 8 allows you to toggle a particular setting like Shutter speed or ISO and leave the other to Auto mode.
Another marvelous feature is the wide aperture mode, which works surprisingly well. While clicking photos in this mode, the Honor 8 camera also captures a depth map.
When you revisit the image in the Gallery App, you get the option to adjust aperture between f/0.95 to f/16, thus adjusting the intensity of blur with varying distance from the subject in focus. After adjusting the aperture, you can also save a copy while also retaining the original copy.
Then there is the light painting mode which captures proper 8MP images and adds light trails on top.
The front camera too captures images with great details, accurate colors and high contrast. The same goes true for the video recordings captured from the recent camera.
In spite of being feature loaded, the camera on Honor 8 doesn’t feel overwhelming at all. In fact, we find ourselves constantly drawing our phone out for capturing trivial moments, which we wouldn’t have with any other camera.
Some sample images captured using the Honor 8 Camera: