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Huawei Honor 6 Plus first camera samples: see the output from the world's first variable aperture cameraphone

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus first camera samples: see the output from the world's first variable aperture cameraphone

The Huawei Honor 6 Plus arrived with a splash today: a shocking new dual-camera setup offering variable aperture shooting for the first time on a smartphone with no bulky add-on lenses. We've seen dual-camera phones before in devices like the HTC One (M8), but there, the whole point was rather superficial and left a raw aftertaste.

The Honor 6 Plus, however, means serious photography business: it features three 8-megapixel camera sensors in a “symmetrical dual-camera” setup for the main rear cameras plus an additional third 8MP selfie cam. The dual setup is what makes the changing aperture possible, and behind it doing the heavy maths lifting is a dedicated, powerful image signal processor (ISP).

The Honor 6 Plus obviously does some clever tricks to be able to pull that changing aperture, but while we look for more details about how that trick is possible, we have dug up the first camera samples shot on this innovative device. Notice the amazing low-light performance and the change in aperture between pictures (as seen in EXIF reports). Impressive, isn't it?

source: Huawei

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posted on 16 Dec 2014, 17:40 15

2. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Well done Huawei, this camera is brilliant!

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 17:46 2

4. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Impressive indeed.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 20:01 2

26. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I hope these are real pics taken with a production unit, and not some DSLR with the EXIF data edited. Really great pics, if they are the real deal.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 07:48 1

54. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Well the exif data for the third picture says 1 second so I think that one may be wrong. I doubt the little guy held that pose for a second without moving but I guess we'll have to wait for more samples.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 15:05

59. Simona (unregistered)


Well I have feeling some pics are not real... check that kid from pool.. left hand slim and right thicker like on ptotshop ..

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 20:37 1

31. cncrim (Posts: 805; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I will wait for the real review, I dont trust the photo provide by OEM they tweak and retake over and over until ......

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 02:30 1

50. zhiae (unregistered)


day light picture are quite good
as for night shoots it have been played with camera setting
its called shutter speed i have it on my htc one m8 and they take stunning pictures at night unless u dont move the phone at all

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 17:47 3

5. Drsarcastic (Posts: 131; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


This is the best camera phone I have ever seen. Is it just me?

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 17:58 13

10. frankg (Posts: 152; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Nope, I had the same reaction. They are so good, i'm thinking it's faked....

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 19:13

22. f35hunter (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Me to , i think they are faked just like what sony did with the low light samples of the z1

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 10:23

57. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its called "put the camera on a stand so its perfectly still". You will have a hard time replicating the night shots by hand.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 15:07

60. Simona (unregistered)


well proffesional dslr cameras ARE on stand n ?

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 17:49 9

6. Andrewtst (Posts: 614; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Wow! If this sample is something actual device can archive then it is superb brilliant!

One step ahead for nearest DSLR capable!

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 17:56 2

9. djcody (Posts: 100; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


for sure done by professional photographer , and she is cute ;)

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 17:52 1

7. rjmlive (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


These legit look good. It seems to appear that Nokia/Microsoft has some competition. The 1030/40 has work to do.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:06

11. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Yeah when it's finally released next Christmas. Seriously Microsoft needs to move quicker not slower. But these images and the fact that it can an shoot at slower shutter speeds than half a second is what I'm really interested in.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 17:54

8. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


its just amazing..

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:08 2

12. Drsarcastic (Posts: 131; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Who else thought it was fake?

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:10 3

13. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


If these are the real, authentic images then count me very interested. The slow shutter speed night shots.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:36 1

18. hurrycanger (Posts: 1557; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Same thought. I am not sure if these shots are real (like, really from that phone). But if they are real, this phone did a darn great job.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:15 1

14. Derekjeter (Posts: 814; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Ok sooo..... This will only be sold in the China? Why is it important to us in the states? Seriously

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 20:50

32. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Buy it from Chinese websites ,simple. Not so difficult bruh.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 23:51

42. Derekjeter (Posts: 814; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


It is when it won't work on Verizon CDMA/LTE bruh!

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 05:21

52. shahrooz (Posts: 717; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


US is in the world not the world in US. USE A MAP. Huawei phones are not china exclusive, they may not be available in US bot it doesn't mean it is china exclusive duh!!!

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:16

15. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


It's strange though how the light trails in picture 15 are broken instead of continuous though with such a long shutter speed. It looks absolutely amazing but I wonder why it looks like that.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 01:38 1

47. Fellwalker (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


It looks like my Panasonic camera which has a "handheld night mode" where it takes 4 or more single short exposure images in quick succession from one press of the shutter, and merges them in-camera to produce one well exposed shot.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:28

16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


All Huawei needs is a stock Android ROM and a specialized camera app and they are off to the races in Europe/USA.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:32 3

17. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Keep in mind that the low light shots are taken using a tripod and not using the auto mode but a special camera app which let's them take the shutter speed more than 1 second. One shot is even more than 3 seconds.

Also it's a pro photographer and hence the images are excellent. You'll never take images like this.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 18:53 1

19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Many of the images were taken at reasonable shutter speeds. I was impressed with the color balance and lack of major JPEG artifacts. Seems like a very nice phone camera, especially for the money.

The idea behind the two 8MP sensors, computational photography, is quite solid. I would not be surprised if thin phones use this approach, i.e. future Apple phones.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 19:12

21. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Well anything higher than 1/20 seconds is not reasonable shutter speed. And daylight shots never require that.

The photos are taken with a custom app and then post processed.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 19:28

24. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Maybe you won't but people that know what they're doing will. Have you ever seen the #nban community pictures on Instagram? Nokia owners know how to take pictures.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 20:03

27. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Those who are into this kind of stuff even remotely have at least an entry level SLR/mirrorless camera. And those cameras wipe the floor with all of these cameras.

Besides, I know what I'm doing with the camera. With a modest camera, I can get a shot better than 99% of people.

But 99.99% of people who'll own this phone will use the auto or HDR mode and nothing else ever.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 20:17 1

28. bayusuputra (Posts: 961; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I'm into photography but I steer away from DSLR and only use film rangefinder.

People can take images like these. Not sure why you say we WILL NEVER.

You sound like a pro photographer. Wow...

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 20:28 2

30. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


You can't take images like these:

Why????

Because these shutter speed require a tripod, a custom camera app with a load of controls and post processing.

I'm pretty sure 99.99 % of people won't do this with a phone.

Phones are foe shooting moments handheld and not for fancy tripod mounts and post processing. Anyone who's into that already has a decent camera.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 21:34 1

35. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I don't even own a phone capable of shooting at such slow shutter speeds and I took these two photos using a simple tripod setup with my Z3. I'm not disputing you I'm just saying that if people are into phone photography and doing fun stuff they will take advantage of it.
https://flic.kr/p/qdwaQo
https://flic.kr/p/qg1Z6c

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 22:03

37. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Neither am I disputing you. I'm just saying that with using a software you can easily reach those 3 second exposure on any phone.

Those shots are decent. They lack color. Instead of yellow light, you may have used white light and a little bit of coloured situation.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 23:04

40. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Well please tell me or give me a link to this software because I happen to enjoy the occasional long exposure shot and now that I'm on Android (former Lumia 1020 owner) I have not found a way to do this and the Camera FV-5 app sucks at the moment.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 00:01

44. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Oh no it seems I was misinformed. It's for ios.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 07:57

55. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Well what's the software for Its that lets you shoot longer exposures than half a second? I would gladly like to explore that app. Anyway, I still use my Lumia 920 for true long exposure shots up to 4 seconds. Nokia pioneered the best software for mobile photography with their suite of apps starting with the Pureview 808.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 19:02

20. greenelektron (Posts: 530; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


OMG they're beatiful! These are raw pictures, right? No filters/ effects?

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 19:20

23. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Most of these are better than I expected, but some of them really aren't that good. It's probably due to a bad subject.
Anyways, picture 13 is not appropriate. :)

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 20:18

29. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 87; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


When Phone Arena review this phone, get some scenery which is kinda similar to this and can see is it real or fake. ;p

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 20:51

33. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Best camera on a mobile,period.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 21:33 3

34. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This is not the world's first camera phone with a variable aperture. Back in 2009, the Nokia N86 had a variable aperture. Regardless of opinions, the article title is incorrect.

http://m.electronista.com/articles/09/02/17/nokia.n86.8mp/

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 21:51

36. VSN24 (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Yeah, ironic as it may sound, phonearena did say the same thing about Nokia N86 in their review 5 years ago. Funny, isn't it?

phonearena.com/reviews/Nokia-N86-8MP-Review_id2203

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 22:25

38. XaErO (Posts: 313; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Excellent and Impressive work there by Huawei !!
These shots are really good !!

Hoping for even better camera technology in 2015 !!

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 22:41

39. Darren3651 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Dec 2014)


If these pics are real... Im buying this s**t..

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 23:30

41. RajRicardo (Posts: 390; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Good Bye Z3. I'm selling you off.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 00:00

43. defcomk (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


I wonder if the variable aperture is like Nubia Camera Virtual aperture mode.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 00:13

45. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


on the narrow depth of field shots, you can see artifacts. They are using a very similar method to the HTC One m8

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 00:54

46. Furbal (Posts: 944; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


get this on the mate 8 and give it USA LTE please.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 01:53 1

48. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 243; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


I'm very sceptical about the 3rd pricture. Shutter speed 1s and jet picture is so clear. I doubt that the kid made no movement for a second. :)

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 02:27

49. RubenPhonearena (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


Look closely to : 13. EXIF the girl jumping between the 2 rocks... look at the legs, they have been retouched :(
Hope that the rest are from the camera, if not very bad from Huawei retouching oficial images

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 02:53

51. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 243; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


If only the phone could take pictures in DNG-format :)

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 05:45

53. gehrig (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Is that heading pi the real thing? cause it looks like an iPhone copy.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 09:05

56. Limbopope (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


I'm I the only one seeing areas of focus in the background around the edges of the object in focus. Picture three. Around the boy's arm and the left the water in the background is in focus. Looks like a bad post processing job to me : S

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 01:51

58. robocopvn (Posts: 404; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


fake ones !

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