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Field Test | Huawei Honor 6: Honorable yet Affordable

It’s been more than a month since my unboxing of the Huawei Honor 6 smartphone. Since then, a lot has happened from the company. They have recently announced its bigger brother Honor 6+ and its little brother Honor 4C. Even if Honor 6 came out in the Philippines late last year, it is still one of the compelling offers on the mid-priced sub–15,000 smartphone. In Lazada, it has also slashed some price since the release of their new smartphones to be more competitive. I’ve had the phone for more than three months now and I could say I have full tested the phone during my travels in Palawan, Cebu, Negros and Masbate. Here’s my take on the Honor 6 smartphone.

Instagramming with the Honor 6
Instagramming with the Honor 6

Capable Camera

Since I’m a photographer, I put a high regard on a smartphone’s camera. Personally, I think this is one of the strengths of the Honor 6, packing it with a 13MP 4th generation Sony BSI sensor and a bright f2.0 aperture for lowlight shooting.  The camera can also shoot in 1080p FullHD. The front-facing camera has 5MP and 720p video recording.

To make things work well though is a decent Camera App that goes along with it. EMUI 3.0 delivered a nice interface for using the camera. There’s a main slider above the circular buttonr for switching between the Camera, Video and Beauty mode. Beauty mode is simply for portrait shots to make skin more appealing. The smoothness can be adjusted.

Stock camera for Honor 6 in HDR mode (left), Filters (middle) and Best Photo (right)
Stock camera for Honor 6 in HDR mode (left), Filters (middle) and Best Photo (right)

The camera can be configured for touch-shutter but by default touching screen will focus and also adjust exposure to that area. There’s also auto-HDR if the app thinks the contrast is too much it losses detail. The camera HDR is quite modest which I prefer not too make it look too processed. The upper right button opens up other shooting options like HDR, Best Photo (which shoots a burst of photos and you can choose which ones to keep), Panorama, Watermark (adds a time and weather stamp) and All Focus (ideal for macro shots). The camera also has a drop icon on the side of the shutter button that would open up filter effects that one can easily see effects in real time.

The Honor 6 is real snappy shooter. To make shooting faster while the camera is asleep, double click on the “Volume Down” button and it will open the camera instantly in a round 1 second sometimes less.

Impressive stock image editor
Impressive stock image editor

Viewing photos is pretty basic in its stock gallery which I hope they spruce up a little or just use third party galleries like QuickPic or Google’s own Photos. What is impressive is the native Image Editor, quite comprehensive in controls, the best I’ve seen natively on a smartphone. It is also consistent with the timeline theme of EMUI 3.0 using the sliders for adjustments.

For a glimpse of what the camera output looks like check the 25 El Nido photos at Ironwulf En Route.

My other imaging apps
My other imaging apps

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By Ferdz

Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.

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