In fact, offering few technical innovations on its 70 model in terms of display or performance, Honor is focusing above all on photography to stand out from the mass of mid-range smartphones. It thus embeds a triple photo module, of which two elements are to be remembered:
- A module with a Sony IMX800 sensor (54 megapixels, 1/1.49 inch) with wide-angle optics (f/1.9)
- A module with 50 megapixel sensor and ultra wide-angle optics (f / 2.2) They are accompanied by a 2 megapixel sensor with f / 2.4 optics dedicated to depth measurement.
Main module: 54 Mpx, f/1.9, eq. 27mm
Recently announced, Sony’s IMX800 sensor measures 1/1.49″ and its photosites 1 µm. We hadn’t had the opportunity to test it before, and for good reason: the Honor 70 series is the first to The smartphone that interests us here uses the pixel binding to combine four pixels into one, which should result in a resolution of 13.5 megapixels; here it is increased to 12.5 Mpx. This is also what the Phone (1) from Nothing offers, with a 50 megapixel sensor.
By day, the image has a very bright exposure, more than that of the Phone (1). The level of detail is high, even if some textures are only partially rendered (the cover of the book, on our scene). There is a little noise and a slight lack of sharpness that taint the whole; we feel that the software processing could gain in precision. The periphery of the image, which concedes a little distortion, remains at the same level as the center of the image, which is a good point.
Night shots are a challenge for mid-range smartphones. With its sensor a little larger than average and its large pixels, the Honor 70 gave hope of a good surprise. In fact, he has a hard time distinguishing the small elements on a complex scene, delivering an uneven result. The micro-contrasts are accentuated, for good overall readability, but there are artefacts and moiré problems in different parts of our scene. For fixed scenes, it is interesting to go through the “night lighting” mode, provided however that you can stabilize the smartphone correctly, since it is then a long exposure.
54 megapixel mode
When the light is there, the photosites of the IMX800 allow it to offer high quality shots in full definition. It is therefore a mode that we recommend for those who wish to crop, even if it should be noted that the colors tend to turn fluorescent in this mode. On the other hand, in low light, it is better to avoid it.
Ultra-wide-angle module: 50 Mpx, f/2.2
If we observed some misfocuses, overall, the ultra-wide-angle module of the Honor 70 is of good quality. Evidenced by the image below, certainly a little smooth at the level of the cover of the book, but sufficiently contrasted and with natural colorimetry. Distortion is contained, but the periphery of the image is, unsurprisingly, too blurry to exploit.
The intensity of the treatment applied to the image is visible at night: the playing card regains its decor, and the pattern a little color. But the colorimetry lacks accuracy and, as at wide-angle, the artifacts affect the quality of the whole.
50 megapixel mode
Probably due to a smaller aperture (f / 2.2), less light reaches the sensor of the ultra-wide-angle module. Even by day, the image lacks information, and therefore sharpness in 50 megapixel mode. It therefore turns out to be of little use.
Front module, portrait and video mode
If the results obtained by the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle modules are ultimately quite comparable in terms of photography, this is also the case in the video department. Honor is not playing one-upmanship here: its smartphone can shoot up to 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps, with electronic stabilization, and that with the two modules. The quality is convincing, the exposure management being very correct, and we find the shooting modes dear to Honor. It is therefore possible to film simultaneously with two modules (wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle, front/rear, etc.) as desired, or even, for the most daring, to change configuration during capture. A mode called “Storia” allows the amateur videographer to be guided in the production of short clips. As for the Solo Cut mode, it offers automatic tracking of the subject of the video: the image is cropped automatically to follow its movements, and recorded in parallel with the video shot in a wider shot.
On the portrait side, provided you deactivate embellishment effects that are struggling to convince us, the Honor 70 turns out to be rather talented, although a little too generous in terms of the bokeh effect, which it is not possible to soften. The clipping of the hair is correctly done, even using the front sensor (32 megapixels) of the device.