Camera review: Lenovo Z2 Plus camera impresses in low-light

The Z2 Plus has impressed in almost every area that matters. The camera is no exception


Lenovo Z2 Plus impresses with its 13-megapixel snapper
Lenovo Z2 Plus impresses with its 13-megapixel snapper

Lenovo’s new Z2 Plus is a rare smartphone with the makings of an ultimate flagship killer, and the big attraction is the price. It starts at Rs.17,999, and has very few rivals that can actually compete with it in terms of performance. Another feature which has impressed us is the phone’s 13-megapixel snapper. While the pixel count is lower than some of the Lenovo smartphones released at the same price-point like the Vibe X3 (21-megapixel), the picture quality is actually superior.

The Z2 Plus’ camera app looks more like the camera app on the Vibe series smartphones than the camera app on its Cyanogen operating system based predecessor Zuk Z1. The camera filters are placed on a panel, which shows up with a swipe over the camera interface. Some of the filters included here are named dusk, grayscale, and salt. The camera modes can be accessed by tapping on the circular button at the top of the interface. It includes panorama mode, time lapse, slow motion, and HDR mode.

Landscape

This morning shot of Delhi Connaught Place, the colours don’t look too bright. It hasn’t tried to impose any colour corrections that some phone cameras tend to do, and as a result you get a more real-life colours. Despite the fact that it was a partly cloudy morning, the far-off shops and their names can be seen clearly when you zoom in.

Food

If you are food buff, you are going to like this phone’s camera. This shot is all about the various layers of the fried chicken which have been captured markedly by the Z2 Plus. The sheen caused by the oil and the topping is clearly visible. This was taken indoor with very little yellow light.

Indoor

This picture was taken in closed room lit by an artificial light, yet the colours look close to real. Until zoomed in, there was no clear sign of noise except in off focus areas which look a little darker already. It suffers from some of the foibles of Android cameras in low-light but overall picture quality is more impressive than any other sub Rs 20,000 smartphone.

Low-light outdoor

This is a landscape of a popular landmark in Central Delhi. In spite of our great distance from the building the camera captured the outer layers of the building very well. One can tell the section with an all glass finish from the one with the windows. Even the letters engraved at the top are more than just readable. Even on a big screen there is no sign of noise around it.

Flower

The camera doesn’t have a macro mode which makes taking a really close-up shot a bit difficult. This is regular close-up shot taken during daytime which shows the contrast between the various layers and patterns that can be seen in the leaves and flower.

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