Camera shootout: iPhone 6 vs. Huawei P8

The camera is a key consideration for most people when selecting their next smartphone — it is the device that you'll take the vast majority of your photos with, after all. I've been checking out Huawei's P8 for a little while now and I was keen to put its camera to the test. 

The P8 is premium feeling in most other aspects, and I wondered if its 13MP camera with RGBW sensor could give the iPhone 6 a run for its money. So, channeling my inner Matt Birchler, I took a little walk with both devices and snapped some pictures. The images below were shot using the default settings, controls, and autofocus, and are presented exactly as they were taken with no editing whatsoever. 

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

iPhone 6 (Panorama mode)

iPhone 6 (Panorama mode)

Huawei P8 (Panorama mode)

Huawei P8 (Panorama mode)

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

As you can see, the Huawei P8's camera performs very well and seems to be a good all-round camera. The colors are a little less accurate than the iPhone as you can tell in most of the shots and images are slightly less sharp despite the higher resolution sensor. The iPhone's autofocus also deals much better with close up objects and background perspective. 

My main qualm with the P8 camera, though, was its slow shutter speed. Most of the time, it took a second or two to actually take the photo which not only took some getting used to (blurry shots galore in the first few minutes) but also meant I missed a couple of wildlife shots, like this squirrel for example: 

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

In comparison, the iPhone managed to catch the same sheepish squirrel with relative ease (plus bonus pigeon):

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Although I intend to write up another post on the P8's software and how it tries to replicate the iPhone experience, being camera-related I thought I'd give you a little look at some screenshots of the Camera app UI on both devices.

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

Huawei P8