Camera

The camera serves its purpose, however, it underperforms with video recording and low light capture.

Armed with a 13-megapixel Sony sensor, which features an f/2.2 aperture lens, BSI, and an LED flash, it puts the Huawei P8 Lite in the same scope as the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 and Asus Zenfone 2. They also feature 13-megapixel cameras, and so far, we’ve been generally pleased by what they produced – so we’re hoping to see similar results here. Around the front, it’s sporting a 5-megapixel snapper.

Running the camera app, the P8 Lite looks like it’s offering the same styled interface and shooting modes as the P8, but upon further inspection, that’s necessarily not the case. Visually, the camera interface boasts the same simple layout. Functionally, however, we’re only given the usual crop of modes – such as panoramic, HDR, best photo, all-focus, watermark, beauty, and a wide selfie panoramic. It just doesn’t have the diversified low lighting and manual modes of the P8. Still, there’s quick launching of the app and snapping a photo by double pressing on the volume down button.

Glancing at the sample taken by the phone, we’re generally content with the quality of outdoor shots – ones that are taken when there’s an abundance of lighting. Images have good detail, but colors are more on the flat side and it seems to struggle with dynamic range. That’s where its HDR mode comes into play, by balancing out the exposure to produce an evenly exposed image – without the overblown or artificial colors that some other phones deliver. However, it’s more prone to blurring with HDR.

The phone handles macro and panoramic shots with ease. With the former, the all-focus mode gives us the flexibility of selecting the focus post shot. Another good example are the photos of the flowers and plants. As for panoramic photos, the P8 Lite does nicely to stitch images together without much compromise. While it’s a decent performer under ideal conditions, the camera’s quality takes a drop under low light – where details are sparse, blurring becomes more profound, and traces of fringing are evident.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Huawei P8 lite 3.1
6.3
520
425
Asus ZenFone 2 6.2
No data
354
230
OPPO R1x 2.4
3.1
778
607
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 4.2
No data
368
281

Its 1080p video quality as a whole, isn’t as good as its still image capture. Right off the bat, we can tell that it once again has a tougher time dealing with dynamic range, since it seems to favor an over-exposed composition. On top of that, its exposure adjustment is a bit on the jumpy side – while the lack of continuous auto-focus means we’re required to constantly tap the screen to adjust it.

We know that the P8 is billed for serious photographers, but the P8 Lite, much like its name, offers simple and easy photo taking. While it’s not a home run in all areas, it still carries along a few great qualities with its package. 


Multimedia

The speaker is underpowered in volume and emits shrill tones.

In addition to the usual Google Play Music app, there’s also Huawei’s own custom music player preloaded on the phone, which by today’s standards, is pretty generic and conventional. Audio output through its speaker reaches a whopping 79 dB, but despite the impressive mark, it still sounds too high-pitched and shrill-toned. Therefore, don’t expect the most pleasant experience – that’s unless you place the volume into the middle setting.

Although it’s more than capable of playing back 1080pp video with ease, it’s not accompanied with the same amount of attention we get from watching something on a better screen – like the iridescent look of the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3’s panel.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Huawei P8 lite 0.26
Asus ZenFone 2 0.428
OPPO R1x 0.43
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 0.489
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Huawei P8 lite 79
Asus ZenFone 2 72.7
OPPO R1x 73
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 77.7

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