Lenovo P2 camera proves just megapixels don’t matter
Lenovo’s new smartphone P2 is likely to grab headlines for its massive battery and the battery-saver mode button. However, it impresses in many of the other departments too and that includes the camera quality. It has a 13-megapixel camera powered by Sony IMX258 sensor. It supports PDAF (phase detection auto focus) technology which allows it to lock focus on moving objects quickly. It has a dual tone flash for better low light shots and can also record videos in 4K (3,840 x 2,160p) resolution.
The camera interface looks clutter-free. The panel on the right of the main camera interface shows the shutter button, shortcut to camera roll and access to the camera modes such as fast motion, slow motion and Panorama .
On the left, there is the camera settings and flash button. There are no photo filter and the camera modes are limited in number.
The P2’s camera is good with colours. In this image, the blue colour of the sky has been captured in its exact. It hasn’t tried to oversaturated colours for more effect as some phone camera tend to do. The entire landscape in the image looks properly lit up. Even the colours in the edge of the screen have captured well. The amount of detailing is quite impressive.
The camera couldn’t reproduce the same level of clarity and colours, seen in the previous image, in the evening. The whole image looks a bit washed out. The camera hasn’t been able to subdue the unwanted orange colour tint as a result the whole sky looks partly orange and grey instead of blue.
The lack of macro mode is felt during really close-up shots. In this shot taken from a distance of 6 inches, the camera has managed to get the focus on a larger portion of the object and not just one portion. The fact that this was taken in a dimly lit room also shows that the camera can handle colours and detailing well even under low-light.
This close-up was taken from a distance of 1 feet. The colours and the finer lines on the flower petals have been captured well. The background looks subdued well to enhance the object under focus.
The ultra lowlight mode automatically comes into action so you don’t have to switch it on to get better output in low-light. This image was taken indoor and through a glass panel, yet the object looks rich and in focus. The multiple variants of brown seen in the chocolate chips, the brown layer of the eclairs and the brown chocolate sauce on it have been captured well.