The one part which mid-range flagships have always found tough to match is the camera experience. They can, overall, drag high-end phone hardware and experience to a relatively lower price, but passing on a similar camera experience has always been a tad too difficult.
In 2017, however, mid-range phones are relying on dual cameras to compensate for flagship sensors and are successfully closing the gap. Two prime examples are the OnePlus 5 and Honor 8 Pro, each of which relies on a different dual camera implementation. Let’s compare the camera performance on these devices.
OnePlus 5 vs. Honor 8 Pro Camera Hardware
The OnePlus 5 combines a 20MP rear sensor with a 36mm, f/2.6 aperture telephoto lens and a 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 24mm lens. The 20MP sensor with a telephoto lens can be used for 1.6X optical zoom, just as in an iPhone 7 Plus.
The Honor 8 Pro, on the other hand, combines a 12MP color and a 12MP monochrome sensor, each with f/2.2 aperture lens. The monochrome sensor need not bother with colors and thus can gather more light. The feed from this sensor is then used to enhance images from the color sensor.
Huawei has been perfecting this dual camera implementation for three generations now, and thus the Honor 8 Pro is pretty consistent with its performance. The details in the captured images are great, and the low light performance is noticeably enhanced. The Honor 8 Pro also lets you shoot true B&W shots using the monochrome sensor.
In comparison, the OnePlus 5’s 2X Zoom camera is work in progress. Every now and then it does feel convenient to zoom in on the subject without much loss in details, but you will notice a lot of noise in low light shots with the zoom camera. At the same time, the OnePlus 5 can take some great stills in broad daylight with excellent dynamic range and is expected to get better with subsequent updates.
OnePlus 5 vs Honor 8 Pro Camera App
The OP 5 camera has a simpler interface with a few options available where you’d expect them. The 2X zoom can be accessed straight from the viewfinder, and you can scroll to open the portrait mode.
The Honor 8 Pro camera app is loaded with features to the brim. The SLR mode (equivalent to bokeh mode) is present on the viewfinder, and you can access a plethora of shooting modes, including the Monochrome mode, with a left swipe. Both apps are quite intuitive, but the one on Honor 8 Pro offers more features.
OnePlus 5 vs Honor 8 Pro Bokeh Effect
Both of these phones can also be used to shoot images with blurred backdrops. The OnePlus 5 does this in a portrait mode where the Intensity of the blur is pre-determined by the software algorithms, and the Honor 8 Pro lends more granular controls and lets users decide the intensity of blur.
The implementation feels more robust on Honor 8 Pro, but resulting bokeh effect on both phones is quite similar.
OnePlus 5 vs Honor 8 Pro Daylight performance
Once again, both cameras can shoot excellent images in daylight. When you examine clicked images on a bigger display, you will see a great dynamic range, ample details and vivid colors and contrast from images of both handsets. As far as daylight performance goes, you will be happy with either of the two phones.
OnePlus vs Honor 8 Pro Indoors and Low light performance
In Indoors and low light, Honor 8 Pro benefits from its dual camera arrangement. There is very little noise in images clicked from Honor 8 Pro when compared to OnePlus 5 camera samples. The Honor 8 Pro also includes a series of low light modes like light painting and Night mode that are fun to play with.
OnePlus 5 vs Honor 8 Pro Manual mode
Both of these smartphones include a manual mode and allow capturing RAW images, and if you know what you are doing, you could use these to enhance your images. Though both are implemented well, we find the one on Honor 8 Pro works a tad more efficiently. The 8 Pro also facilitates manually adjust camera settings while shooting videos.
OnePlus 5 VS Honor 8 Pro Videos
Both phones can capture videos up to 4K, and both rely on Electronic image stabilization. The video capturing works equally well on both handsets up to 1080p resolution. However, 4K videos shot on Honor 8 Pro are a tad better.
Both the OnePlus 5 and Honor 8 Pro offer great camera experience. The OnePlus 5 has 2X Zoom on its side and can also handle tricky exposures well. The Honor 8 Pro has a more engaging camera, can shoot better 4K videos, and performs better in low light. At the same time, unlike the Honor 8 Pro, the OP 5 camera feels like a work in progress every now and then. If we were to choose strictly between the two based on camera performance, we would be inclined to side with Honor 8 Pro.