Honor Magic5 Pro Review by Mighty Gadget Product Photos camera bump

I am in the process of finalising my review of the excellent Honor Magic5 Pro. I have already covered the benchmarks of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs Gen 1 with the Magic5 Pro vs Magic4 Pro. This post is dedicated to the camera performance, so the main review doesn’t get bogged down with too many camera samples.

Honor Magic5 Pro Camera Specification

  • Rear:
    • 50 MP customised Sony IMX878 1/1.12″ f/1.6-aperture lens, AF, OIS
    • 50MP OmniVision OV64B 1/2, f/2.0-aperture lens, 122° field of view  ultra wide-angle
    • 50MP Sony IMX858 f/3.0  90mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3.5x optical zoom
    • TOF 3D (depth)
  • Front:
    • 12 MP, f/2.4, 100˚ (ultrawide), 1.22µm
    • TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
  • Video: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10, 10-bit video

Main Sensor and Features

The Honor Magic5 Pro has a new, improved wide-angle f/1.6 lens with a customised 1/1.12 inch sensor. That’s a much larger sensor than the 1/1.56″ Sony IMX766 used on the previous Honor Magic4 Pro. This allows the phone to perform well in a wide range of environments.

Honor uses something called the Millisecond Falcon Capture algorithm, which helps ensure you have fast photo capture times. This is then combined with an AI Motion Sensing Capture feature which works in two ways. The first, it will know when motion events occur and automatically take a photo for you when it detects key events. Secondly, when you take a photo with the shutter button, it will use AI to analyse the frames before and after you press the shutter button to determine the best photo.

There is also a smart focus feature which will auto-lock onto moving objects for continuous tracking. I found this can sometimes be a bit hit or miss on what it decides to focus on, but overall it works well for any moving object, whether that’s a person, animal or thing.

The combination of the excellent camera sensor, improved ISP on the Qualcomm chipset and the software features Honor has developed make this a superb camera.

Zoom Lens

The zoom lens is perhaps the star of the show. It is not that it is better than the primary camera, but zoom lenses tend to use reasonably low-quality sensors in comparison to the main camera.

The Sony IMX858 sensor in this phone is able to produce consistently good results. If you keep the zoom at it 3.5x, it can handle shaky hands reasonably well. It is obviously more prone to motion blue than the 1x camera, but I found it much easier easier to get decent shots with this than many other phones.

Going beyond the optical zoom, the quality deteriorates quickly, as you’d expect. The 10x zoom can just about take acceptable shots, and I have to admit, I am impressed at the detail you can get from going beyond 10x zoom, but I still wouldn’t recommend it.

Ultra Wide

The ultrawide camera is less impressive than the other two but still good overall.

Portrait & Aperture Mode

When testing this phone against my Pixel 6 (portrait only), the portrait and aperture modes are impressive. It is hard to say which is best as it is quite subjective. The Honor seems to be a bit more aggressive with the bokeh, and you have the option of dialling this up or down (my shots are all default)

Low Light

The low light mode is good both in the auto mode and night mode.  

Super Macro

Thankfully, there is no dedicated macro lens on this camera as they are all low quality.

Supermacro

Overall

The Honor Magic5 Pro is probably not the absolute best camera phone on the market, but I think it is one of the best if you want a versatile range of camera sensors and don’t want to go overboard with your spending.

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