Camera

Potato camera.


The Lenovo K6 has a 13-megapixel camera and the K6 Note has a 16-megapixel main camera, both recording up to 1080p Full HD video, but this does not mean a thing because the reality is that images and videos from these two phones look as close to a potato camera as you’d get on a smartphone in 2017. Sure, there could be phones with worse cameras, but we honestly do not want to go looking.

The camera app has a ton of ‘smart’ options: it features smart scene recognition, so a sign pops up to inform you when you are shooting landscape, or portraits, or macros, and this should also switch the camera settings to the optimal for the scene.

This did not help the images much: in fact, all of our pictures had some issues with them. A lot of them were underexposed (some of them turned out VERY dark), a surprising many were blurry, despite us shooting outdoors, and detail was smudgy and not sharp at all. The colors are also toned down and look very dumb. It’s one mess of a camera that would get half-decent results only in perfect light, but you should definitely not rely on it for a good photo.

The front camera is the only bright spot here: it captures very decent selfies, with a lot of detail and a generally nice color.



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
Lenovo K6 2.5
5.7
674
479
Lenovo K6 Note 2.7
4.7
701
505
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 1.8
2.9
No data
No data
Motorola Moto M 2.5
3.85
657
525

Videos are recorded at up to 1080p Full HD, but detail is lacking and it’s easy to mistake the footage for 720p. We have the same issues as with the main camera: footage often turns underexposed, but when the exposure is right, we have highlights clipped in a major way. Every little change in light results in overly dramatic shift in exposure and with no video stabilization whatsoever, the clips turn out very jittery and painful to watch.

Sound quality


We promised you that the Lenovo K6 and K6 Note have something special under the hood. So what is it? It’s actually two things: the first one is that both phones feature a set of very powerful bottom-firing speakers. Yes, speakers: there are two speakers, so there is no way to accidentally mute them with your palm.

And those speakers deliver. The sound quality is not perfect as with any phone: there is a metallic, hissy tonality to it and forget about the bass or any sort of depth, but things can definitely get very, very loud. What’s more, Lenovo has carefully optimized the volume levels so that you have plenty of control as to how quiet sound could be. We often see sound levels on phones so poorly optimized that you can’t get the phone to play at very low and discreet levels, which is important when you are around people. The K6 and K6 Note can: they can go quiet, and they can go super loud. And despite their issues, in its class, the K6 series have one of the finest speakers.

Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Lenovo K6 83
Lenovo K6 Note 74
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 75
Motorola Moto M 80


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