Camera review: Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is typical of an affordable Android phone

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus’s 13-megapixel camera suffers from the usual foibles of a budget smartphone


Lenovo Phab 2 Plus.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus.

The 6.4-inch display is the big highlight in the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus, but it’s not lacking in other features. The phone comes with a dual 13-megapixel camera powered by Fujitsu’s Milbeaut Image Signal Processor and equipped with features like phase detection auto focus. The dual camera adds depth of field to the images by enhancing focus on any particular image and blurring out the background.

The camera app looks neat and is easy to use. There are two black strips on either side. The left side shows options such as switching front camera, HDR, flash and camera settings. On the right rests the camera shutter, video recording, camera modes and an icon that shows the latest shots. Unlike a lot of other phone camera apps, here the icon doesn’t disappear a few seconds after a shot is clicked.

The camera modes available with the phone include Pro mode, panorama, dual camera, night and AR mode. The AR mode is unique and allows a user to superimpose an object or animal in an image to create a realistic feel.

The camera is a bit slow and takes a bit of time to process an image after the on-screen shutter button is tapped. Also, you need steady hands to get the focus right, due to the lack of optical image stabilisation feature.

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Skyscraper

The camera impresses with its detail reproduction and clarity throughout the frame. The top few storeys can be seen very clearly. Though the shot was taken in proper lighting, the colours look far from real. The sky shows a different colour of blue while the green in the tree looks a bit darker than usual.

Brass turtle

In this close-up shot the camera was able to focus almost instantly and showed a major part of the screen clearly. While the level of detail in object under focus looks impressive the object looks a tad bit darker, taking away the natural look of the object.

Flower

A close-up of the flower in a properly lit environment shows that the camera can actually capture the lighter colours very well. The yellow and white on the flower look clearer and more accurate than the darker colours in other shots. Also, the objects in the background don’t look properly lit and give the background a hazy feel.

Night time

Like most budget smartphones, low-light photography is not one of the strong points in the Phab 2 Plus. Though the camera comes with a Night mode, it doesn’t really add much to the picture quality. Though the building in the image is properly lit, the image looks blurry while colours look washed out.

Dual camera

This is a close-up taken with the dual camera mode on. Once the picture is taken you can adjust the focus by tapping on the object on which you want a greater focus.

You can also adjust the amount of blur you want on the object in background. Though we tapped to get the focus on the object, the camera ended up blurring some part of the object under focus.

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