The sub Ksh 20,000 smartphone market is very competitive. We see a ton of devices in this segment offering different specifications and features.
The camera has been one of the features most smartphone manufacturers have been focusing on as they try to win the customers looking for phones within this price range. With smartphone buyers demanding more from their cameras beyond the megapixel count, smartphone markers have to do all they can to ensure the software is optimized for the best results.
Huawei knows this too well and its latest smartphone, the Huawei Y7p, is here for those who want a good photography experience for less than Ksh 20,000. If you want to buy the Huawei Y7p, you can grab one on Jumia using this link.
Before we get to the camera review, let us first look at the camera hardware.
Huawei Y7p camera specs
- Standard: Sony IMX582 48MP camera
- f/1.8 aperture
- 0.8µm pixel size
- Ultrawide: 8MP camera
- f/2.4 aperture
- 1.12µm pixel size
- Depth: 2MP camera
- f/2.4 aperture
- LED flash
- Phase Detection Autofocus
- Video: 1080p at 30/60fps, 720p at 30fps
- Features: Time-lapse, video editor, ultrashot, portrait, pro mode, panorama, HDR, Slow-mo
- 8MP camera
- f/2.0 aperture
- Video: 1080p at 30fps
- Features: Time-lapse, face unlock, HDR, screen flash, Night mode, portrait
Huawei Y7p camera app
Huawei’s camera app has been updated over the years and tends to go with the simplified look with easy access to some of its key features and options. This camera app is the perfect balance between ease of use and advanced feature availability. It can be used by an amateur photographer and even advanced users.
48MP is better than 12MP
The default resolution when taking photos with the back camera is 12MP. The shots taken are quite good with enough detail. Huawei has improved its camera as now there is no oversaturation as there has been in the past and the photos look realistic.
You can choose to go with the 48MP resolution for more detailed shots. With the 48MP, the photos taken are bigger than the ones you get with 12MP.
Overall, the shots taken with the main back camera are good no matter the resolution. They are well detailed with just the right amount of saturation and exposure.
Jumping to the ultrawide sensor, it is perfect in situations where you want to fit more of the subject in one shot. This is an 8MP sensor that does a good job but there is a significant loss in detail when you use it.
There is also the night mode option that helps you take decent shots at night when the lighting is not so good. With the night mode on, the camera uses a long exposure time to get in as much details as possible for better shots. It does a really good job at this I have to say and I have been more than impressed.
Now to the 8MP selfie camera, it does a good job in most situations. The photos you get are realistic with good details even on the background. There is the portrait mode that a good job in blurring the background for better artistic shots. The exposure of photos taken with the front facing camera is well-balanced. Even when the background is bright, there are no extreme cases of overexposure.
The front facing camera can record Full HD videos as well as allow you to choose the encoding type you want between H.264 and H.265.
With a 48MP main camera, you expect a really good photography experience with the Huawei Y7p and that is exactly what you get. The photos are good with a good amount of saturation and exposure. The photos are well detailed with little noise if taken in an area with good lighting. Night shots are also good and better than what you get from other phones within this price range.
The selfie camera is also good but is better to use during the day or in a well-lit room.
Overall, the cameras have impressed me so far.