Is there an ideal camera phone for the traveller? I tried the Honor 8 recently while on the go and came back impressed. What did I like in this device? Let’s take a walk-through.
HOLDING THE DEVICE
It all starts with how the device feels in your hand. I super-like it. I prefer gadgets that are neither too heavy nor too light, neither too big nor too small. The Honor 8 fits into just the right slot for me – and that is key to taking good pictures. It also makes it convenient to slip in and out of my pocket, and fix on mini tripods or gorilla pods when I need to keep the camera stable for long exposures, slow shutter speeds or for creative effects.
A STURDY BUILD
Things slip out of my hands very easily – but that’s me. But hey, most of us drop things when on the move. And it’s mostly our mobiles creating those OMG!!!! moments. The Honor 8 is made with heavy 2.5D glass on front screen and back surface, finished aluminium alloy, and ultra-narrow bezel design – not only does it give it a strong body, but it also grips well in the hands when clicking.
THE EYES SAY IT ALL
Now that the camera is resting well in your hands, and is drawing glances from onlookers, let me get into what the camera is seeing. It is heartening to note dual cameras becoming the norm, with Honor taking the lead. The 12 MP dual lenses capture rich colour and monochrome respectively, combining to create images that take in more light making for richer, crisper, sharper and detailed photos. This feature becomes even more useful when shooting in special and complex conditions like low light and macro.
SHOOT FIRST, FIGURE DEPTH-OF-FIELD
That’s a new one. Depth of Field (DoF) allows you to decide the sharp and blurry parts of an image; conventional photography dictates you set your Aperture while taking the photo to get the desired effects. Not so with the Honor 8. Shoot your image, review it, and reset apertures in the Wide Aperture mode from F0.95 to F16 anywhere to change blurs and focus. All with the touch of a finger. That’s creative.
GO MANUAL FOR THOSE WHO KNOW THEIR CAMERA TECH
I like to have the option to control my camera settings to capture photos that give me creative satisfaction and impress others. With a swipe, I can choose the Pro mode and adjust the ISO, shutter speed, EV (Exposure Value), Metering and White Balance. This may be jargon to some of you, but they are quite simple to understand – I can leave this for another post. When you have such control, you will never want to shoot in simply Auto any more. What I also liked is that I did not have to go all over the place to find these setting – it just took one swipe to the right and a tap. In photography, you don’t have the luxury of time to change your settings – it needs to be a quick and user-friendly process.
FINGERS AND KNUCKLES TO THE FORE
Continuing on the luxury of time theme, it was awesome to be able to shoot quicker on the Honor 8. How? Tap on the fingerprint sensor for a photo. To start recording a video, double tap the screen with two knuckles – and do the same to stop and save it. Cool, isn’t it?
While you figure the manual settings, help is at hand for special effects photography and videography. In a swipe, I could choose modes to suit the subject I was shooting. These includes Beauty (both selfies and video), Good Food, Panorama, HDR, Night Shot, Light Painting, Time Lapse and Slow-Motion. Go shoot stuff that you can show-off without revealing these modes helped you.
SHOOT, AND THEN SHOOT SOME MORE
The problem with getting good results on your camera is you can’t stop shooting in excitement. But what if batteries die and memory fills up? No worries here. The 3000mAh battery goes a long way – pun intended. And it charges double quick. And with external memory support of upto 128 GB, you will not run out of space during your entire holiday.