Camera

21 megapixels of “good enough”

Meizu Pro 6 Review

One of the Meizu Pro 6's biggest departures from the iPhone 6-series is the decision to place the phone's camera dead-center on its back. The handset's armed with a 21MP main sensor, as well as a circular flash array and laser-assisted autofocus mechanism.

Camera UI - Meizu Pro 6 Review
Camera UI - Meizu Pro 6 Review

Camera UI

Meizu's software is pretty straightforward, with quick access to photo filters, flash, and timer settings, but other options were a little too buried in the camera interface for our tastes. Sometimes you want to quickly switch from still-photo to video mode, for example, and doing so here requires diving into a sub-menu.

The app offers some fun options, like a mode to create animated GIFs, but a lack of options there (like final resolution and frame rate) hamper its usefulness.

Image quality

Nothing fancy, but decent low-light performance

Shots were generally acceptable, and while the Meizu Pro 6's camera didn't “wow” us at any point, it did mostly deliver usable pics. Of particular note is its solid indoor performance, not choking when ambient light levels start dipping.

But while the camera proved perfectly functional, it also struggled in a few key areas. Auto-focus was swift when it worked, but other pics came out slightly soft. Nailing the right exposure also seemed tricky for Meizu's camera, and colors on the whole seemed a bit muted – a situation especially true indoors.


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
Meizu Pro 6 1.7
3.5
474
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Xiaomi Mi 5 2.9
3.5
600
522
Meizu PRO 5 3.1
4.4
474
284
Meizu M3 Note 1.6
3.6
707
552

Video recording

HD video should look sharper than this

Meizu Pro 6 Review

The good news is that the Pro 6's camera supports 4K filming, and the video it produces while doing so is sharp as all get-out. But in 1080p, video loses its crispness, and our footage starts looking almost like it was scaled up from a lower resolution.

You'd better have a steady hand when filming, as Pro 6-shot video tends to bounce around. The camera's exposure and focus-adjustment was in full effect through shooting, but abrupt jumps between exposure levels proved distracting, and slower-than-expected focus speeds saw moving objects quickly drop out of focus.

Sadly, we've noticed that 4K videos don't play too smoothly on a computer, while YouTube refuses to have them uploaded, which means your sharing options will be pretty limited.


Multimedia

A lot of oomph from one little speaker

Sound output from the Pro 6's single bottom-edge speaker isn't bad at all, with the volume, clarity, and satisfying frequency range to really deliver in many use cases. Headphone users will be able to take full advantage of the phone's audio capabilities, tapping into the much-touted (by Meizu, at least) Cirrus Logic CS43L36 DAC chip.




Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 1.006
Xiaomi Mi 5 0.18
Meizu PRO 5 1.87
Meizu M3 Note 0.57
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 72.4
Xiaomi Mi 5 72
Meizu PRO 5 74
Meizu M3 Note 71


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13 Comments

1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

MEIZU PRO 6 GOT 6 LOOOOOOOL

14. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

This pro 6 is trash compared to the 5 tho

2. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Sounds about right. Such a s**tty phone from a good company. I don't mind MTK chips but why not use a better GPU? Common sense but whatever. More of a mediatek problem than a meizu problem though.

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

How well put " Unparalleled Apple imitation job"

4. pagal

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Even 6 is a very high score for a phone using helio x25 with 2600 mah. Salute to their bravery.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. a freaking 10core with 2600mAh? seriously? I know multi core is for battery efficiency and 8 those core run power-efficient A53 core, but still.. 2600mAh? they should learn from xiaomi and put 4000mAh in that phone.. and change that processor to SD820.. that way they have chance to get 6.5/10 (lol)

5. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

"Unparalleled apple imitation job" is that really a positive distinction now?

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why not? even iOS itself is a PROs on each iPhone review

6. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Meizu PRO 5 is better imo

7. Tronlol

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Worst phone eu

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 04, 2015

"If you do happen to live somewhere where the Pro 6 can take full advantage of the local carriers, the phone supports dual-SIM operation." And if you don't it magically becomes single sim? Why is lack of US LTE support always a negative if it wasn't meant for the US market? That's like criticizing a US appliance for being 110V instead of 220V. Stupid. For once I actually agree with PA on their review of a Chinese phone though. I can't see why anyone would pay over $400 for it.

12. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

apple copied Meizu, it's true.

13. tyer205

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

beauty
Pro 6
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio X25, Deca-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2560 mAh

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