Camera review: Lenovo K6 Power is getting optical basics spot on
Lenovo's 13-megapixel camera is all about getting basics right rather than sweeping users of their feet with too many features and camera modes
Lenovo K6 Power is one of the few budget smartphones priced under Rs10,000 which offers so many features in one package, giving it a slight edge over most of its immediate rivals, including the very popular Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime.
Camera is an area where the K6 Power has its shares of ups and downs. The 13-megapixel primary camera uses Sony’s IMX258 sensors and has phase detection auto focus that helps lock focus on objects without asking for too many taps on the screen as a lot of budget smartphones tend to do.
The camera app looks neat and easy to use. The main page shows camera settings and flash button on one side while the camera modes, shutter button, video recording and gallery icon are placed on the other side. There are no preloaded filters and the few camera modes on board include Slow motion, Fast motion, Pro and Panorama.
The camera provides the option to change the aspect ratio separate from the image resolution. Usually, low resolution photos automatically switch to the 4:3 aspect ratio.The camera can record videos in 1080p at 30fps.
This is wide angle camera which makes it suited for landscape shots. However to get the best out of it in terms of clarity and detailing, one needs a properly lit environment. Colours in building, pavement, and the trees look real and mostly accurate. The amount of detail reproduced by it puts it at par with its rivals, but when we zoomed into the image on a bigger screen the noise became more obvious. How you position the camera and the amount of ambient light is the key to get good shot out if it.
This is a close-up of a flower in natural light. Colours and the contrast in red and yellow have been captured well. The background looks well lit and one can see the green on the background without feeling that it is subdued.
Like most budget smartphones, lowlight photography isn’t one of its strong attributes. In this shot, the colours in the cycle on the side have been captured accurately. The camera falters when it comes to detailing. One can see a significant amount of noise without having to zoom into the image. Also in the absence of optical image stabilisation, one needs steady hands to get a clear shot out of it.
This is a close-up shot taken under artificial light. The camera was able to get most things right here. Larger area looks under focus and the various seasoning on top stand out well from each other. The amount of noise is also low.
Sky- early morning
Even in the wee hours of morning, the camera was able to get the colours right. The cloud patches look distinct even though the sky looks a bit greyish itself. Due to lack of sufficient lighting, the darker colours look completely black, but the colour in the tower has been captured accurately.