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Honor 10 Lite Smartphone Review - Performance

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Honor 10 Lite Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Huawei Honor 10 Lite Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Overall, image quality is good but could be better in places. For example, when there's wide dynamic range, the smartphone can struggle either under or over-exposing the shot depending what you focus on and even though the AI is great at identifying what's in front of it, it has a habit of oversaturating colours (particularly green) and can oversharpen textures, too. On the other hand, without it, some shots can lack 'pop' but it doesn't happen every time you hit the shutter button. 

Portraits can be good but clipping can occur so just watch for that. Selfies also had a good level of sharpness and detail but don't be too heavy with the beautification mode as it can really smooth skin out and detail can be lost as a result. You may also find the fact that there's no autofocus when using the selfie camera a bit annoying but with some perseverance, you can capture a decent selfie for your social media channel. 

The aperture mode is good but not great as there can be issues with clipping (more than likely because of the 2MP depth sensor) so do take care when picking the aperture value and do check your image before hitting the shutter button. 

Overall, so long as you don't need to use the AI all of the time and you have a bit of patience, you'll be able to capture images that are well exposed, sharp and pleasing (as long as light levels are good). Of course, the Honor 10 Lite was never going to produce images on-par with more expensive devices but it also isn't quite as good as some of the other smartphones available for under £300. 

Honor says a low light mode will be available on the Honor 10 Lite but our device currently doesn't have this but as soon as an update is available, we will see how it performs. However, it's got to be better than how the camera currently performs in low light as it is rather terrible with noise filling the frame and as there's no OIS, camera shake can add to the photo-spoiling recipe. 


Huawei Honor 10 Lite Lens test images

Lens Performance - As the 2MP lens is a depth sensor, there isn't an option to switch between two lenses which means you only have digital zoom at your fingertips and as we've said before, it's best to not use it. Purple fringing is present, too. 


Huawei Honor 10 Lite ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - You can change the ISO in the manual camera mode and it ranges from 50-1600. As always, by sticking to the lowest ISO possible, image quality will improve but even the low ISO number results aren't quite as good as some other smartphones we've tested. Detail falloff certainly does start to appear at ISO800. Using a 13mp sensor, rather than a higher resolution sensor has helped, but cameras with a 12mp sensor will show better results.


Huawei Honor 10 Lite White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - AWB and all of the presets have done a decent job with good detail in the middle. Although, the Fluorescent Preset has produced a slightly underexposed shot. 


Digital Filters - Several digital filters are built into the native camera app and they can be found under the 'More' tab. These include Sentimental, Impact, ND, Valencia, Blue, Halo, Nostalgia and Dawn.

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Panorama mode -  The panorama is stitched well but detail is a bit soft in places. 


Video - Video can be captured in 1080p (full HD) or 720p (HD) with beautification effects available when shooting in 720p, but there's no 4K video mode built in. There's no stabilisation either which can particularly be a problem in low light. The autofocus system sometimes struggled to keep up, too. 



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