Honor 8 Pro Review
Dual camera does all the tricks in the book, but photo colors are dull, and 4K video jittery
The Honor 8 Pro combines a monochrome and RGB sensor in a 12 MP dual-lens camera setup, so you can do black and white photography, or let the software merge the detail and luminance from the monochrome image with the color info from the RGB sensor for a better pic in Auto mode. Thanks to that dual camera setup, Honor 8 Pro offers wide aperture mode for photo and videos, which creates a more pronounced blur in the background of your photos. The strength of the effect can be adjusted anytime after the shot has been taken. Adorning the front of the device is an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
The camera app offers a fun assortment of shooting modes, which overlap with those found on the Mate 9 or the Honor 8, and the phone is quick to take and store a picture. In addition, you can double-click the volume down key in locked state, and the Honor 8 Pro will quickly enter the camera app and take a snap for a second or two, a pretty nice feat to have.
When it comes to initial focusing, though, we noticed that the camera takes its time to focus when you move from scene to scene when lighting conditions are less than ideal. You can always tap to focus, of course, but most phones usually do it seamlessly and on the spot.
In addition, pics taken in auto mode have cold, dull colors that seam a bit lifeless outdoors. Granted, it was a cloudy day, but even in sunnier conditions the colors tend to be cold and often undersaturated, which leaves a funky impression these days when most phones boost colors and contrast for flashier pics. You can always pump up the color and contrast sliders in the camera settings, but most folks would just point and shoot in auto. Other than that, the pictures are sufficiently sharp without being noisy, and the phone captures a good amount of detail.
Indoors and in low light, the hues look better, with livelier colors popping up from the frame. The dynamic range is about average, and bright objects tend to get overexposed in low light, but that's typical for most phone cameras.
Unlike the Honor 8, the 8 Pro can capture 4K video with 30fps, thanks to the fast new chipset. There is software stabilization, too, which works quite well in 1080p definition, but is not on by default, so you'd have to enable it in the settings. The 4K footage, however, is not stabilized, and is very jittery when panning around or simply trying to hold the phone still. Just like with the stills, the colors in the videos taken with the Honor 8 Pro could use a bit more pizzazz, and the 1080p footage is only about average in terms of detail.
EMUI 5.1 introduces Highlights, a new feature co-developed with GoPro that intelligently organizes photos by category, and can automatically generate video stories that are easily customizable, straight from the gallery. The phone's audio prowess is about average, both in terms of headphones output, and with the provided loudspeaker, which could use a bit more oomph and a sound that comes out less flat. Watching videos on the big screen is a joy, though, and the video player runs every codec you can throw at it, plus you get some light video editing tools, if you are so inclined.
Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Honor 8 Pro 0.41
OnePlus 3T 0.84
Huawei Mate 9 0.296
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 0.992
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Honor 8 Pro 79
OnePlus 3T 74
Huawei Mate 9 75.1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 77.4
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