Lying on the desk, it looks like a typical mid-range Android smartphone. Powering the Honor is the 1.54 GHz single-core processor, with 512 MB of RAM. The performance is adequate, and there’ll be no stutter or hiccups as you go along. Even with a single-core processor, we were surprised at some of the good benchmark scores—Honor stands up to the likes of the Sony Xperia S and the HTC Sensation.
Huawei Honor: The phone has an 8 MP camera. Specifications: OS: Android 2.3; CPU: 1.54GHz; RAM: 512 MB; Storage: 1 GB plus; microSD slot; Camera: 8 MP; Website:www.huawei.com; Price: Rs 19,990; Ratings* Features: 7, Performance: 6.5, Build quality: 6, Value for money: 6, Total: 6.5, *Ratings are out of 10.
The 4-inch display has a basic resolution of 480x854 pixels. The colours are subdued, and could have done with a bit more depth as far as black levels are concerned. However, the text on the display is very crisp, which helps with reading.
This 8 MP camera will do decently well if the ambient lighting is good. There’s a lot of shutter lag when taking shots in low light or at night. However, the images either have considerable smearing (probably due to the processing that is adamant on reducing edge noise) or a generous amount of motion blur in low lighting.
The 1930mAh battery has a decent life, with about a day and a half of backup time under normal-usage conditions.
On paper, this has a very capable hardware package. A promised upgrade to Android 4.0 doesn’t mean much though, since that can take months. You can consider many more options around this price bracket—slightly higher and slightly lower. But if this is the way Huawei is going, expect some real rocking phones from it this year.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 houses a 16.1 MP Live MOS sensor with a TruePic VI image processor which was also seen on the E-P3. The OM-D E-M5 comes with the 5-axis image stabilization system which compensates for movement in the horizontal and vertical directions as well as for pitch, yaw and roll. The lens that is bundled with the camera is an M Zuiko 12-50mm lens going from f/3.5 to f/6.3.
The E-M5 offers a blazing fast 9 frames per second (fps) with continuous AF activated. It will lock focus on the first frame and then apply that to the rest of the images. The AF speeds are as good as those seen on the class-leading Olympus EP3. The shadow and highlights control option offered by the Fn2 button gives you complete control on adjusting the curves, up to +/-7 stops, thereby allowing a better dynamic range.
Olympus OM-D E-M5: This camera offers good image quality. Specifications: Sensor: 17.3x13mm CMOS; ISO range: 200–25600; Aperture range: f/3.5 to f/6.3; Max video resolution: 1920x1080i; Website:www.olympusimaging.co.in; Price: Rs 77,990; Ratings: Features: 8.5, Performance: 7.5, Build quality: 8, Value for money: 5, Total: 7.5
Image quality was very good, with natural colours and skin tones rendered beautifully. In the studio ISO sample tests, E-M5 performs quite well at the base ISO settings and keeps the detailing accurate till ISO 1600. At ISO 3200 you will start to notice a slight amount of noise only on 100% crops.
Olympus definitely deserves a pat on the back for coming out with a wonderfully retro-looking micro four-thirds camera with an excellent feature-set, a dedicated EVF among other things. But the pricing is too high for this category of cameras, as established DSLRs are in the same bracket.
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