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Honor 6X Camera Review: The Affordable Dual Lens Magic

Honor 6X is the company’s mid-ranger this year. With dual lenses and all glass design, the Honor 6X aims to do a lot more than the competition. This is the third phone from the company this year, after Huawei P9 and Honor 8 to come with a dual lens setup this year. LG G5 started it all this year. While on the G5, the secondary module is a wide-angle lens, Huawei’s approach is slightly different. Let us look through the Honor 6X Camera Review, its Features and how you can snap great pictures with this device.

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If you have already bought one or thinking about buying one, this would be useful. While the camera is the most interesting feature on this phone, the oct-core chipset, The EMUI, and a fast fingerprint scanner are worth appreciating as well. Read our full review here.

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How does the Twin lens System on the Honor 6X Camera work?

Like mentioned earlier, The Honor 6X has a dual lens setup. It uses the extra sensor to try to add depth to photos. It is possible to alter the aperture, from f/0.95 to f/6.5, to add software “bokeh” effects to snaps. Bokeh is where the background blurs and the subject stays in sharp focus. Pictures are well defined and bright. Colours are reasonably accurate. It takes good landscape shots and captures strong tones with portraits.

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Camera UI and Modes:

When you launch the camera button on the Honor 6X, you see a very simple UI which still looks very iOS‘ish. However, Swiping towards the right, brings in various modes to choose from. The quality of the output is neat. Especially the details. The contrasts and tones are worth falling in love with.

While on the camera screen, when you swipe towards the left, you get these different menu options. These let you set the resolution of the photographs to either standard format or the wide-screen one. There is GPS Tag, if you like to tag your pictures to the location. Pretty useful option, if you are a traveler and want to make a summary of your route & sort at the end of your trip. There are few more straight forward options.

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The colour reproduction is neat too. The contrasts are good; neither too much nor too subtle.

You also have live filters in the camera. Once you click the icon, you will be able to see all the filters in action. You can then choose according to your taste.

Most of the settings on the Honor 6X Camera are visible when you are in Pro Mode. To activate the pro mode, you will need to swipe up above the shutter button. Once you are in Pro mode, you will be able to adjust the focus points, shutter speed, Exposure Values, White Balance Settings and even the focus modes. Notably, it was weird not to find the option to tune the aperture settings. As a photographer, I really missed this.

Once you are in Pro mode, you can again swipe left and now you can find more options show up. The first notable feature is the option to store photos in RAW (DNG format). In a RAW mode, the pictures are captured as-is with all the information intact available for you to post process the image later. This is very nifty if you love playing with your images in Lightroom or Photoshop. You have an option to change the camera grid if you prefer to get some aid while composing the pictures. There is an optional level scale too!

Tap to Focus:

The Dual lens systems enable you to take pictures with an adjustable depth of field to create background blurs, what we call Bokeh. On the camera screen, once you select the Aperture icon here, you will have an option to click a picture with aperture settings and option for tap to focus; which results in specific part of the image being focused. You can also click a picture and then adjust the depth later.

Tap to Focus on Huawei P9 Leica

When you go to the gallery, you can see these images with a small lens symbol. You can then tap open the picture and adjust the settings. There is a slider which appears next to the icon. This helps you to change the width of the aperture. Wider (least the number) the aperture, greater the background blur. This way, you could tune the image to your preference – as shown below in this image.


The software Emulates as open as f 0.95. That makes the picture focus sharply at that point and everything else has this creamy blurred effect to it. Since it’s a software made, it is easy to identify as the edges get very smooth.

Auto Focus could’ve been even better. Although, the above-mentioned software focusing options does come to rescue at times.

The Video mode gives you some options for manual controls as well. The video quality is decent and the colours look good too. Further, Lack of Optical image stabilization also means, you may face some issues in low-light conditions; or if you want great quality, I recommend using a tripod.

I hope the latest version of the software, EMUI 5.0 with Nougat, would bring in even better camera software optimizations as well.

HDR is pretty good as well. It brings down the shadows and increases the colour saturation. The dynamic range of the images are pretty good. The two cameras working in conjunction definitely helps the device click great pictures. The pictures look even better when you have a high dynamic range in the scene.

The option for RAW file processing might really impress people who love tweaking their images. Something I really miss on this phone is a hardware camera button. That would’ve been a nifty addition.