Honor 20: The phone with best camera performance under Rs 35,000

first_img India Today Tech New DelhiJune 28, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 15:29 IST HIGHLIGHTSHonor 20 offers a 48MP quad camera setup.The quad camera system includes wide-angle and macro lenses and depth sensor.The Honor 20 is priced at Rs 32,999 in India.If you ask us which is the phone with the best camera under Rs 35,000, the answer is easy: Honor 20. This is a phone launched recently in India. Not only does the Honor 20 pack a mean primary camera that edges out others in the segment in shooting performance, it also comes with an industry-first macro camera that lets users get as close as 4cm to their subject. In other words, the camera of Honor 20 is very capable and versatile.Let us explain. The Honor 20 series includes three phones — Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 and Honor 20i. Each of these phones takes up a particular segment in the Indian smartphone market. But the philosophy behind each remains the same — offer good-looking phones with good cameras at an affordable price. The Honor 20 is in the middle of the lot with a price of Rs 32,999. As one would expect from an Honor device, Honor 20 sports an attractive glass design combined with a flagship Kirin 980 chipset.Now, before we talk about its camera capabilities — and the camera of the Honor 20 is worth talking about — a few words about just how confident Honor is about the phone. The company believes that consumers are going to love the Honor 20, which is why it is offering a first-of-its-kind “Love it or Return it Challenge” where it will offer up to 90 per cent Buy Back Guarantee if the customer returns the Honor 20 in 90 days.The quad-camera setupHonor, like its parent company Huawei, has paid a lot of attention to the cameras to ensure the best photography experience possible on a smartphone. It’s not just about adding more cameras, but about what each camera signifies. The quad camera setup on the Honor 20 includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor that supports the AI Ultra Clarity mode, a 16-megapixel super wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.advertisementEach camera has a particular role to play. And we will come to the Honor 20’s camera performance but before that, lets us take a brief look at the tech and the hardware. The 48-megapixel primary camera lets users click high-resolution photos with good clarity and dynamic range. The main sensor works alongside the Kirin 980 chipset’s machine learning capabilities to offer an AI Ultra Clarity mode that can help capture high-quality images that retain the details even after editing. This mode is best used during daylight and in scenarios with a lot of detail.The Honor 20 can also capture bright shots in low-light through a combination of AI Image Stabilisation, a wide f/1.8 aperture and AIS Super Night Mode. The dedicated long-exposure mode allows for more light so that photos look brighter and clearer while the AI reduces noise levels. The 16-megapixel wide-angle camera lets users’ capture wider shots, and is useful particularly when you are shooting landscape photos. For example, if you are trying to fit the whole of Humayun’s tomb in the frame, the wide-angle lens of Honor 20 will likely make your job easy. You can also pair the wide-angle lens with the Night mode and capture landscape scenes of famous buildings or monuments even at night.The versatility of the Honor 20 is also in being able to capture wide landscape photos and close up, macro shots. The 2-megapixel macro lens gets as close as 4cm to the subject, and allows users to capture detailed photos of flowers or tiny insects. Additionally, the 2-megapixel depth camera comes in handy when you need to capture portrait photos by adding natural-looking background blur.Accompanying the rear cameras is a 32-megapixel camera on the front for selfies. A lot of AI modes that are available for rear cameras are also available for the front one.Good shots, much versatilitySo how does all of this hardware fare in the real world, when you are out clicking photos? Very well, we must say. A few days ago when we reviewed the Honor 20, here is what we said about its camera performance:”Daylight photography is the best time to test out the versatility of the cameras. The primary 48MP sensor captures some stunning stills with rich colours and high detail in the default 12MP pixel binning mode… Dynamic range with the primary camera is fantastic. Colours are vivid and oversaturated with the AI mode enabled. If the camera detects food or flowers, it automatically boosts saturation levels to make colours pop out. Sometimes it looks a bit too much on the Honor 20’s display, especially on Vivid mode.”The low light performance, as is common in smartphone cameras, shows some weaknesses but that is relative to what you get with an ultra high-end phone like the Huawei P30 Pro. But in low light mode, the performance gets better when you switch to the Night Mode. Here is what we wrote in the review: “The Night mode is great for capturing brighter and clearer low-light photos. You have to wait for a few seconds and keep your hands as steady as possible for a blur-free low-light shot, but the result is often satisfactory.”advertisementSure, there are a few bits like AI mode, which can be more consistent and better — and probably they will get better as Honor fine-tunes the cameras in this phone with software updates — but overall, we believe that the camera performance and versatility that Honor 20 offers is unmatched for any phone around Rs 30,000.The important bit to note here is that the rest of the phone too is fairly fabulous, another reason why we called it near perfect in our review. In addition to its versatile cameras, the Honor 20 offers a 6.26-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) AllView punch-hole display, a 7nm-based Kirin 980 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, 3,750mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging and Android Pie out of the box. In other words, in this phone the performance is right, the cameras best in the class, and key features all available.ALSO READ | Honor 20 review: The almost perfect smartphoneGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor 20 Honor 20: The phone with best camera performance under Rs 35,000Not only does the Honor 20 pack a mean primary camera that edges out others in the segment in shooting performance, it also comes with a macro camera that lets users get as close as 4cm to their subject.advertisement Nextlast_img

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