Camera review: Gionee S6 Pro offers many shooting modes, but needs good light

Gionee’s new smartphone comes with a dependable daytime camera that can handle colours and detailing brilliantly in good light


Gionee S6 Pro’s camera app has been designed in such a way that you won’t miss out on any of the features.
Gionee S6 Pro’s camera app has been designed in such a way that you won’t miss out on any of the features.

Camera capabilities have always been a key selling point for Gionee smartphones. And their new smartphone, the S6 Pro, comes with a 13-megapixel camera powered by Sony’s IMX258 sensor and is equipped with some of the features seen in its flagship phone, the E8.

The phone’s camera app has been designed in such a way that you won’t miss out on any of the features. The left side of the interface shows the camera settings and the multiple modes button, while the right side carries the filters and short-cuts to some of the recently accessed modes.

Some of the interesting camera modes in the S6 Pro are time lapse, slow motion, macro, GIF and ultra pixel. The GIP shoots multiple images to create a short video clip-like animation effect in a photo, while the ultra pixel mode combines several images to produce a high-resolution shot. It takes a longer time and more steady hands than a normal shot to process an image. However, we didn’t notice any major difference in the picture quality in an ultra-pixel and normal shot. For low-light shots, there is a flash and a night mode. The night mode basically lights up darker areas without spoiling the natural look.

Street view

This is a wide angle shot taken during daytime. The camera impresses with its ability to reproduce the various colours in the shots accurately. While the image itself doesn’t look stunning, the level of clarity is notable. We could read the text on the top of the shops.

Macro shot

This is a close-up using the macro mode which has captured the fine grainy bits on the top of the biscuit very well. The focus seems to be on the entire biscuit, which is impressive. The camera, however, has struggled to get the colour right here. The image looks a bit too light, as a result.

Low light

In low light, the camera has managed to get the colour accurately on the statue, the background and the garland. What is also clearly evident is the significant amount of noise in off-focus areas. A slight zoom-in and the picture begins to pixelate.

Up in the air

A good feature of the camera is that it doesn’t try to exaggerate colours for effect. Colours, even if they look bland, are captured as they are. In this shot, the grey in the sky has been captured well. it hasn’t tried to create a bluish effect as some camera’s tend to do. If you zoom in, you can even see the bird and the finer details at the top of the building, with a little bit of noise, though.

Close-up

In another close-up but without the macro mode, the camera impresses with its colour reproduction, contrast and detailing. The fine lines in the flower petals stand out despite the colourful background which has been blurred out very well.

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