On paper, the Honor 5C seems like a good bet in terms of camera hardware with its 13 Megapixel camera, f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. However, there have been several cases where smartphones have had impressive specifications on paper but failed to deliver in real life situations. That’s because they don’t understand the harmony required between the hardware and software. Honor however, perfectly understands that.
The 13 Megapixel camera offers plenty of details to work with and if you are one to pixel peep, you would be delighted to see the amount of detail resolved and this can even help those of you who love to print photos. An additional advantage is the ability to be able to crop in and re-frame your shot once you have captured it. This is extremely crucial since sometimes, users might not be able to frame their shot the perfect way they want since it would result in missing out that essential click in a fraction of a second.
The dynamic range on any camera is really important. A few years back, you could barely get any information from the shadows when you metered on the highlights or vice-versa but things have changed since then. A better dynamic range means being able to correctly expose the shot while still being able to get sufficient information or details in both the highlights and shadows. This is perfectly demonstrated in the two samples below. As you could probably tell, the non HDR shots on the top too are really impressive but if you need that extra bit of dynamic range or encounter a more complex lighting situation, you would be happy to know that the Honor 5C can ace it.
The photos on the left were taken in HDR mode while the ones on the right are taken in normal mode.
The Honor 5C is not just a good performer in well-lit conditions. In fact, it has probably the best low light performance in its segment as can be seen in the sample below. The output is surprisingly clean and the limited noise levels suggests that the photo was taken by a high-end flagship smartphone that costs several times what the Honor 5C would cost you.
The camera also has several different filters and modes that further help you to enhance the look and feel of the images that you capture on the phone.The first photo is taken in normal mode while the second is taken with a filter applied to it. Don’t get us wrong, the first photo too is pretty impressive but the filter applied to it takes the visual appeal to the next level.
All these things are signs that Honor has gotten not just the hardware right but also made sure that the processing and algorithms involved in post processing have been done really well and optimized to get you the best possible image in any given situation.
The Honor 5C is perhaps the best mix of software and hardware of camera on a smartphone in this segment and it definitely reaches a higher level of imaging quality and prowess.