Meizu M3 Note Review
The M3 Note can land some decent shots, but most of the time, its photos are utterly average and videos are shaky.
The M3 Note has a 13MP main camera with phase detection auto focus and a two-tone flash. The front camera is a 5MP unit. It's a competent camera setup on paper, but does it deliver the goods? If there's something about the Meizu M3 Note that directly corresponds to its cheap price, it has to be its inconsistent camera.
In automatic mode, the camera doesn't expose images reliably. White colors, in particular, often exhibit an unnatural glow. Details turn out murky and indistinct more often than sharp, and colors can be bland, despite the hint of warmness added by the image processing. Mind you, the M3 Note is capable of landing some clean and nice-looking shots in good light, but it might take more work than you expect and the results will leave something to be desired.
The M3 Note is limited to 1080p video resolution videos for both cameras. While image quality is decent, the scenes are shaky and the automatic exposure is very abrupt. There's no automatic auto-focus – only manual tap to focus, which doesn't work reliably. On the other hand, the noise filtering and sound quality are surprisingly okay, but at times, audio tends to randomly drop from the left or right channel, which is strange.