Huawei Honor 9 Lite is all the rage these days. The first sale of device was held on Flipkart a week ago, and within 9 minutes 50,000 orders raked in. And why not – after all, with its quad-camera setup it has a unique value proposition in the budget smartphone segment.
But just about how good are those 4 camera lenses at photography? Do the dual cameras on rear and front of this device do justice to the images that they take? We’ll try to find out in this review. Let’s begin:
Honor 9 Lite: Camera UI and Modes
The UI of this phone’s camera app is a pretty simple despite the number of options it includes. When you launch it, on the top you’ll see 4 toggles. The first one among them is for flashlight. Next is for switching between wide aperture mode or portrait mode, 3rd is for moving picture mode and the last one for switching between front and rear cameras.
In the bottom there’s Gallery button, camera shutter and video button. That’s it. If you want to play with numerous other modes and features hidden in this neat camera app, swipe towards right from the left side. Then you’ll see the large number of modes shown below.
Honor 9 Lite: Image Quality
Having discussed the UI and modes available in camera of this phone, now we’ll take a look on the image quality of its both camera setups.
First of all let’s discuss the primary camera of this device. Let’s see how good it is at taking pictures under various lighting conditions:
- Under daylight: The daylight shots of this phone come pretty awesome. Same applies to Macro shots as well. However, it struggles a bit to focus on the subject while capturing macros.
- Under artificial Light: Incandescent lighting is the area where primary camera of Honor 9 Lite is an expert. You’ll see punchy and vibrant colors in every image that you take under ample amount of artificial lighting.
- Under low light:Honor 9 Lite is not pretty good at low-light photography, but there’re workarounds available in it to circumvent every issue that you’ll face while capturing images under low lighting. For example, you’ll see a lot of noise in images captured under poor lighting conditions. However, this can be avoided by using the ‘Night Shots’ feature. Similarly, the phone struggles to focus on the object under low lighting conditions, but you can overcome this by turning the flash on. The flash of this phone is not overpowering, so images (especially portraits) come great with it.
Like rear camera the selfie camera of Honor 9 Lite also does its job pretty well. It’s great at capturing high quality portraits under daylight condition, but will struggle a bit under low lighting just like the main camera (and for this issue there’s no flash on the front to help you out).
Rest is all great – it captures depth information accurately to generate decent background blur, and with beautification feature you can enhance your selfies and portraits right after taking them.
Overall Honor 9 Lite is a great camera smartphone that you can buy at its price. Its quad camera setup really does the job in most photography situations as expected. Yes, it struggles a bit under low lighting, but workarounds are available for it.
Frankly, low light photography is something that’s messed up even by some flagship smartphones so it won’t be fair to expect a lot in it from a budget smartphone. It’s great for the price that you’ll pay for it.