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



2. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Well done Huawei, this camera is brilliant!

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Impressive indeed.

26. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

54. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

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 ..

31. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

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

5. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

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

10. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

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

22. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

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

57. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

60. Simona unregistered

well proffesional dslr cameras ARE on stand n ?

6. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Wow! If this sample is something actual device can archive then it is superb brilliant! One step ahead for nearest DSLR capable!

9. djcody

Posts: 227; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

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

7. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

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

11. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

its just amazing..

12. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Who else thought it was fake?

13. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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

18. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

14. Derekjeter

Posts: 1466; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

32. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

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

42. Derekjeter

Posts: 1466; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

52. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 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!!!

15. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

47. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

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.

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

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.

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