Huawei P8 Lite Review
The camera serves its purpose, however, it underperforms with video recording and low light capture.
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.
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.
The speaker is underpowered in volume and emits shrill tones.
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.