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Honor Magic5 Pro Camera test

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We put the Honor Magic5 Pro through our rigorous DXOMARK Camera test suite to measure its performance in photo, video, and zoom quality from an end-user perspective. This article breaks down how the device fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases and is intended to highlight the most important results of our testing with an extract of the captured data.

Overview

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 50MP 1/1.12″ sensor, f/1.6-aperture lens, AF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 50MP sensor, f/2.0-aperture lens, 122° field of view
  • Tele: 50MP sensor, f/3.0-aperture lens, 3.5x tele, OIS
  • Video: up to 4K resolution at 60fps

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

Honor Magic5 Pro
Honor Magic5 Pro
152
camera
154
Photo
117

123

117

125

110

123

114

124

116

Best

77

82

80
Bokeh
80

Best

74
Preview
74

91

156
Zoom
115

118

116

121

144
Video
106

116

116

119

113

119

112

118

114

119

77

86

108

118

Use cases & Conditions

Use case scores indicate the product performance in specific situations. They are not included in the overall score calculations.

BEST 175

Outdoor

Photos & videos shot in bright light conditions (≥1000 lux)

BEST 160

Indoor

Photos & videos shot in good lighting conditions (≥100lux)

BEST 132

Lowlight

Photos & videos shot in low lighting conditions (<100 lux)

BEST 149

Friends & Family

Portrait and group photo & videos

Pros

  • Excellent zoom performances
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Good detail and low noise
  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Accurate colors, and good exposure in night shots
  • Very good subject isolation in bokeh mode

Cons

  • Limited depth of field for group shots and complex scenes
  • Occasionally unpleasant texture rendering on faces
  • Focus instabilities in bokeh mode
  • Occasionally unnatural skin tones
  • Limited dynamic range in preview image compared to capture

With a DXOMARK Camera score of 152, the Honor Magic5 Pro is the new leader in our ranking. It also takes the No. 1 spot in the photo ranking, thanks to outstanding photo results across all light levels. In our tests, the Magic5 Pro shone particularly in our Friends and Family use case, using fast shutter speeds to freeze subjects in motion while capturing excellent detail and keeping noise levels low.

With excellent image quality across all ranges, the zoom performances were outstanding as well, with improvements over the previous model, which was already the best device we tested for this aspect.

The Magic5 Pro also did very well for video and is currently the best Android device for recording moving images. Video clips offered accurate exposure and low noise, but while stabilization was generally effective, frame shift was noticeable when panning or moving with the camera.

The Magic5 Pro’s camera hardware specifications are, apart from the chipset (Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs Gen 1 on the Magic4 Ultimate), very similar to those of last year’s Honor flagship, which were already very impressive. The improvements on the new model are therefore a great demonstration of what’s possible with a new chipset, better software, and optimized tuning. It’s also worth mentioning that, unlike some flagship competitors, the Magic5 Pro does not feature a large 1″ sensor in the primary camera. However, thanks to a very fast aperture its light collection capacity is still impressive.

Given the Honor’s outstanding results in our testing, it makes sense to compare it more closely to some of the other currently best flagship phones: When pitched against the Google Pixel 7 Pro, both cameras delivered excellent results and were more or less on par in terms of photo and video quality in bright light as well as close and medium range zoom. However, the Magic5 Pro has an advantage in terms of ultra-wide and tele zoom in low light. It also comes with the slightly better video mode and delivers a more consistent still image performance under indoor light conditions and in low light, with faster shutter speeds, excellent HDR processing, and an outstanding texture/noise compromise. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 7 Pro has the edge in terms of color, across all camera modules and light conditions.

For many test attributes, the iPhone 14 Pro and Honor Magic5 Pro were on a very similar level but when shooting in low light or under indoor conditions, including with the ultra-wide camera, the Honor was the better choice. It also offered a much better tele zoom, especially at medium and long range. For dedicated smartphone videographers, the iPhone remains the undisputed number one option, though.

Honor Magic5 Pro – wide dynamic range, good detail, low noise
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – highlight clipping, visible noise

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro and Honor Magic5 Pro cameras were very close overall. In bright outdoor conditions, exposure, color and contrast were balanced in a very similar way. In these conditions, the Huawei’s variable aperture allowed for a wider depth of field in group shots and kept more subjects in focus. Under indoor lighting and in low light, the Mate 50 Pro’s more limited light collection capacity meant it needed slower shutter speeds than the Honor and was therefore less capable of freezing motion. Its texture/noise tradeoff was not quite as good as on the Honor either. However, the difference between the two devices was most noticeable in video mode. The Mate 50 Pro was the first Huawei device to come with HDR video. In our testing, this caused some issues, for example, exposure instabilities and higher levels of noise, that had a fairly significant impact on its video score.

BEST 149
Friends & Family

For our Friends and Family use case, we assess both photo and video performance. In our tests, the Honor Magic5 Pro achieved the best result to date for photo and got close to the best for video. In terms of still images, our testers noticed several improvements over last year’s Magic4 Ultimate. The new model provided better contrast and skin color rendering. In addition, it was better at freezing motion, thanks to faster shutter speeds in daylight and indoor conditions. This made it easier to capture images with motion, for example, kids running around, pets or sports. The Honor Magic5 Pro also features an excellent bokeh mode with very good subject isolation.

In video mode, we noticed a significantly improved autofocus in all light conditions. Face exposure, contrast, and texture/noise tradeoff were all improved, too, resulting in overall better video quality when recording clips of friends or family.

 Honor Magic 5Pro – Very good subject isolation in bokeh mode
BEST 132
Lowlight

The Honor Magic5 Pro set a new benchmark for low-light performance, delivering great results for photo, zoom, and video. Both low-light still images and video clips offered high levels of detail, good exposure and nice colors. In addition, the autofocus performed well in photo mode and the auto exposure system did well at retaining some of the low-light atmosphere while rendering the scene bright enough to not miss any detail.

When zooming in low light, the Honor came close to the very best devices we have seen. Zoom images offered a good tradeoff between exposure, detail and noise,  but some texture artifacts could be noticeable. The Apple iPhone 14 Pro remains the device to beat for low-light video, but the Magic5 Pro proved to be a real challenger, providing good contrast, nice face exposure and effective stabilization.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Low-light images offered good exposure and color, low noise, and high levels of detail. Some unnatural detail could sometimes be visible (on the subject’s right hand in this image, for example)

Test summary

About DXOMARK Camera tests: DXOMARK’s Camera evaluations take place in laboratories and in real-world situations using a wide variety of subjects. The scores rely on objective tests for which the results are calculated directly by measurement software on our laboratory setups, and on perceptual tests in which a sophisticated set of metrics allow a panel of image experts to compare aspects of image quality that require human judgment. Testing a smartphone involves a team of engineers and technicians for about a week. Photo, Zoom, and Video quality are scored separately and then combined into an Overall score for comparison among the cameras in different devices. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera protocol, click here. More details on smartphone camera scores are available here. The following section gathers key elements of DXOMARK’s exhaustive tests and analyses. Full performance evaluations are available upon request. Please contact us  on how to receive a full report.

Honor Magic5 Pro Camera Scores vs Ultra-Premium
This graph compares DXOMARK photo, zoom and video scores between the tested device and references. Average and maximum scores of the price segment are also indicated. Average and maximum scores for each price segment are computed based on the DXOMARK database of devices tested.

Photo

154

Honor Magic5 Pro

160

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+
About DXOMARK Camera Photo tests

For scoring and analysis, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2,600 test images both in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The photo protocol is designed to take into account the main use cases and is based on typical shooting scenarios, such as portraits, family, and landscape photography. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements on images of charts captured in the lab under different lighting conditions from 1 to 1,000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.

Still imaging on the Honor Magic5 Pro was significantly improved over the last generation of Honor devices, with better results for exposure, color, texture/noise and night shots. This includes portrait shots, which in our tests showed well-controlled contrast across all types of skin tones and light conditions, as well as generally nice skin colors. Some slight white balance and saturation issues were still noticeable but well within acceptable limits.

Zero shutter lag kicked in most of the time, allowing for pretty much immediate image capture when pressing the shutter button. Only in some high-contrast scenes was the feature not available, resulting in slower capture times. In terms of balancing texture preservation and noise reduction, the Honor was one of the best devices tested to date, and image noise levels were generally very low across all light conditions. Detail levels were high, but we also observed some instances of unnatural rendering of textures. The excellent texture/noise tradeoff extended to night scenes, which also showed very good exposure and contrast.

Honor Magic5 Pro Photo scores vs Ultra-Premium
The photo tests analyze image quality attributes such as exposure, color, texture, and noise in various light conditions. Autofocus performances and the presence of artifacts on all images captured in controlled lab conditions and in real-life images are also evaluated. All these attributes have a significant impact on the final quality of the images captured with the tested device and can help to understand the camera's main strengths and weaknesses.
Close-Up

Close-up image quality was overall very similar to the Magic4 Ultimate, with only some minor differences in terms of corner softness. Overall, macro results were acceptable.

Honor Magic5 Pro close up shot. Nice detail in the center but visible loss of sharpness in the field.

Exposure

117

Honor Magic5 Pro

123

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Exposure is one of the key attributes for technically good pictures. The main attribute evaluated is the brightness of the main subject through various use cases such as landscape, portrait, or still life. Other factors evaluated are the contrast and the dynamic range, eg. the ability to render visible details in both bright and dark areas of the image. Repeatability is also important because it demonstrates the camera's ability to provide the same rendering when shooting several images of the same scene.

Exposure was one of the Honor’s strengths, thanks to excellent face exposure in portraits, target exposure in low light and very good highlight preservation in high-contrast scenes. Target exposure on faces was pretty well balanced across all skin tones and contrast was noticeably improved over the Honor Magic4 Ultimate.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Good contrast and excellent HDR rendering
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – Very good contrast but at the cost of slight highlight clipping
Huawei Mate 50 Pro – Very similar to Honor Magic5 Pro
Honor Magic5 Pro – Good contrast, excellent dynamic range
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – Well-balanced face exposure and contrast, but highlight clipping in sky
Huawei Mate 50 Pro – Very similar to Magic5 Pro, but slightly more highlight clipping

In scenes with very strong contrast, the Honor protected highlights very well, even though tone compression was visible, but competitors such as the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max or Huawei Mate 50 Pro delivered a better tradeoff between contrast and highlight preservation.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Very good highlight protection, but at the cost of low contrast
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – Highlight and shadow clipping, but punchy contrast
Huawei Mate 50 Pro – Good highlight protection and high contrast

Lab measurements were in line with what we saw in the perceptual evaluation of real-life scenes, with very good results all around. Contrast (Local Contrast Quality indicator) was improved over the Magic4 Ultimate. Entropy (measured on the backlit panel of our AF HDR and portrait HDR lab setup) was very good for all lighting conditions.

Highlight contrast preservation, measured as an entropy on a contrast target. Higher value is better. Above 7 bits, the highlights are rendered with a very good contrast. On the other hand, below 2 bits highlights are not preserved.
Local contrast indicator score (higher value is better) – Honor Magic5 Pro’s results were better than the Magic4 Ultimate and close to iPhone 14 Pro. DXOMARK local contrast quality indicator gives a benchmark of local tones compression.

Color

117

Honor Magic5 Pro

125

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

Color is one of the key attributes for technically good pictures. The image quality attributes analyzed are skin-tone rendering, white balance, color shading, and repeatability. For color and skin tone rendering, we penalize unnatural colors but we respect a manufacturer's choice of color signature.

Color rendering was also very good, and again a noticeable improvement over the Magic4 Ultimate. Skin tone rendering was better across all types of skin tones. White balance was also very stable and accurate but occasionally slight casts could be visible.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Very good skin tone rendering, neutral white balance. Best trade-off between skin representation and overall color fidelity
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – Very good color rendering, slightly different white balance

Huawei Mate 50 Pro – Good color rendering

Under indoor lighting and in low light, colors remained accurate and well-saturated. Thanks to improved contrast over the Magic4 Ultimate, saturation and overall color rendering were better as well.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Nice skin tones, slight highlight clipping
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – Good skin tones and contrast.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro – Nice skin tones and background rendering

In a small number of test scenes, our testers observed some white balance and color rendering issues, such as the lack of saturation in this image, which also had a negative impact on skin tones. This is why the Honor’s color score was not quite on the same level as the best in class for this attribute, such as the Google Pixel 7 Pro and Apple iPhone 14 Pro.

Honor Magic5 Pro – lack of saturation on a small number of test samples

Autofocus

110

Honor Magic5 Pro

123

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

Autofocus tests concentrate on focus accuracy, focus repeatability, shooting time delay, and depth of field. Shooting delay is the difference between the time the user presses the capture button and the time the image is actually taken. It includes focusing speed and the capability of the device to capture images at the right time, what is called 'zero shutter lag' capability. Even if a shallow depth of field can be pleasant for a single-subject portrait or close-up shot, it can also be a problem in some specific conditions such as group portraits; Both situations are tested. Focus accuracy is also evaluated in all the real-life images taken, from infinity to close-up objects and in low light to outdoor conditions.

In our tests, the Magic5 Pro autofocus did a good job but, like on many other top-end devices with large image sensors and fast apertures, depth of field was limited. In group shots and other complex scenes, this means that objects behind or in front of the main subject can be rendered soft. We also noticed that zero shutter lag did not kick in in scenes with strong contrast.

Autofocus irregularity and speed: 20Lux Δ7EV Tungsten Handheld
This graph illustrates focus accuracy and speed and also zero shutter lag capability by showing the edge acutance versus the shooting time measured on the AFHDR setup on a series of pictures. All pictures were taken at 20Lux with Tungsten illuminant, 500ms after the defocus. On this scenario, the backlit panels in the scene are set up to simulate a fairly high dynamic range: the luminance ratio between the brightest point and a 18% reflective gray patch is 7, which we denote by a Exposure Value difference of 7. The edge acutance is measured on the four edges of the Dead Leaves chart, and the shooting time is measured on the LED Universal Timer.

In this scene, the two subjects were not in the same focus plane. In this kind of situation, the Honor’s limited depth of field resulted in the background subject being out of focus. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro, which comes with a variable aperture, was capable of creating a wider depth of field and rendering both subjects in focus.

Honor Magic5 Pro - Depth of Field
Honor Magic5 Pro - Good sharpness on subject in focus plane but softness on subject in the background
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Depth of Field
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Good sharpness on subject in focus plane but softness on subject in the background
Huawei Mate 50 Pro - Depth of Field
Huawei Mate 50 Pro - Both subjects are sharp

Texture

114

Honor Magic5 Pro

124

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Texture tests analyze the level of details and the texture of subjects in the images taken in the lab as well as in real-life scenarios. For natural shots, particular attention is paid to the level of details in the bright and dark areas of the image. Objective measurements are performed on chart images taken in various lighting conditions from 1 to 1000 lux and different kinds of dynamic range conditions. The charts used are the proprietary DXOMARK chart (DMC) and the Dead Leaves chart.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score vs lux levels for tripod and handheld conditions
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with the level of lux, for two holding conditions. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.

Honor Magic5 Pro images showed high levels of detail in all light conditions. This was particularly true for landscape and architecture shots. This said, our testers observed some slightly unnatural rendering of textures in a small number of samples, especially backlit portrait shots.

Honor Magic5 Pro - Detail
Honor Magic5 Pro - Great detail with well depiction of hair and beard, and skin well modeled.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Detail
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Skin is well modeled but hair lacks detail.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro - Detail
Huawei Mate 50 Pro - Good detail, hair is well defined but the skin depiction is less natural

Motion blur was fairly well under control, thanks to pretty fast shutter speeds in daylight and indoor conditions. As a result, the Honor was capable of freezing subjects in motion, as long as the autofocus worked well and zero shutter lag kicked in.

Exposure time (ms) measured was very low for indoor and outdoor conditions (lower is better).

Noise

116

Honor Magic5 Pro

Best

Noise tests analyze various attributes of noise such as intensity, chromaticity, grain, structure on real-life images as well as images of charts taken in the lab. For natural images, particular attention is paid to the noise on faces, landscapes, but also on dark areas and high dynamic range conditions. Noise on moving objects is also evaluated on natural images. Objective measurements are performed on images of charts taken in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux and different kinds of dynamic range conditions. The chart used is the Dead Leaves chart and the standardized measurement such as Visual Noise derived from ISO 15739.

Visual noise evolution with illuminance levels in handheld condition
This graph shows the evolution of visual noise metric with the level of lux in handheld condition. The visual noise metric is the mean of visual noise measurement on all patches of the Dead Leaves chart in the AFHDR setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.

Image noise was very well under control across pretty much all our test scenes, including daylight, high-contrast and night scenes, and overall the Honor Magic5 Pro was one of the best devices we have tested for this attribute. It was also one of the best in terms of texture/noise tradeoff. Considering the fast shutters speeds in daylight and indoors, this achievement was even more impressive.

Honor Magic5 Pro - Low light noise
Honor Magic5 Pro - Very low noise, even in low light
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Low light noise
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Visible noise
Huawei Mate 50 Pro - Low light noise
Huawei Mate 50 Pro - Very low noise

Artifacts

77

Honor Magic5 Pro

82

Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G

The artifacts evaluation looks at lens shading, chromatic aberrations, geometrical distortion, edges ringing, halos, ghosting, quantization, unexpected color hue shifts, among others type of possible unnatural effects on photos. The more severe and the more frequent the artifact, the higher the point deduction on the score. The main artifacts observed and corresponding point loss are listed below.

Main photo artifacts penalties

Unwanted image artifacts were pretty well controlled on the Magic5 Pro. Color quantization and some fusion artifacts were the most noticeable effects. We also observed some hue shift, at acceptable levels, in scenes with very strong contrast.

Honor Magic5 Pro, slight hue shift in the sky

Bokeh

80

Honor Magic5 Pro

Best

Bokeh is tested in one dedicated mode, usually portrait or aperture mode, and analyzed by visually inspecting all the images captured in the lab and in natural conditions. The goal is to reproduce portrait photography comparable to one taken with a DLSR and a wide aperture. The main image quality attributes paid attention to are depth estimation, artifacts, blur gradient, and the shape of the bokeh blur spotlights. Portrait image quality attributes (exposure, color, texture) are also taken into account.

The Honor’s bokeh mode was again among the best tested to date and on the same level as the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, thanks to very precise depth estimation, good detail and colors. Bokeh image quality remained high in low light. For some distances, the blur applied on the background was stronger than iPhone 14 Pro’s blur,  but this had no impact our evaluation because both levels of blur were acceptable.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Very good bokeh mode with accurate depth estimation
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – Very good bokeh mode with accurate depth estimation
Huawei Mate 50 Pro – Very good bokeh mode with accurate depth estimation

Preview

74

Honor Magic5 Pro

91

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Preview tests analyze the image quality of the camera app's preview of the image, with particular attention paid to the difference between the capture and the preview, especially regarding dynamic range and the application of the bokeh effect. Also evaluated is the smoothness of the exposure, color and focus adaptation when zooming from the minimal to the maximal zoom factor available. The preview frame rate is measured using the LED Universal Timer.

Preview was good but not on par with the latest iPhone devices. When capturing high-contrast scenes, the iPhone preview image was much closer to the final capture in terms of dynamic range, but the Honor was on the same level as other top-end Snapdragon-powered devices. The Honor also applied a bokeh effect to its preview image when shooting in bokeh mode, but the differences to the capture were quite noticeable.

Honor Magic5 Pro – capture – wide dynamic range
Honor Magic5 Pro – preview – noticeably reduced dynamic range, darker exposure
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – capture – good target exposure, slight highlight clipping
Apple iPhone 14 Pro – preview – very similar to capture

Zoom

156

Honor Magic5 Pro

158

Huawei P60 Pro
About DXOMARK Camera Zoom tests

DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 400 test images in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor, and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings and pinch zoom at various zoom factors from ultra wide to very long-range zoom. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting the images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements of chart mages captured in the lab under different conditions from 20 to 1000 lux and color temperatures from 2300K to 6500K.

The Honor Magic5 Pro provided a noticeably improved zooming experience, from ultra-wide to long range tele, over the Magic4 Ultimate, making it one of the best devices for zooming in the market. With very similar camera hardware on the two models, these improvements are mostly down to software and tuning optimizations.

The Honor uses smaller image sensors than some of its competitors but compensates for some of this disadvantage in terms of light collection capacity with faster apertures. The ultra-wide camera performed very well, providing a wide field of view and very good image quality across all light conditions. Fine detail was rendered nicely at the center of the frame and remained well controlled across the frame, even though some loss of sharpness was noticeable towards the edges at the widest settings. HDR rendering and dynamic range were on par with the primary camera and noise levels were low. Overall this makes the Magic5 Pro’s ultra-wide camera the best we have tested to date.

The tele was also very good across all tele zoom settings, especially when shooting in bright light or indoors. In low light our testers noticed some unnatural rendering of detail but overall the Magic5 Pro came very close to the best in class for tele zoom (Honor Magic 4 Ultimate and Vivo X90 Pro+). The slight difference to the predecessor is mainly explained by the unnatural detail rendering in low light. Taking into account the Magic5 Pro’s improved video zoom capabilities, the device offered the overall most consistent zoom performance we have seen to date.

Honor Magic5 Pro Zoom Scores vs Ultra-Premium
This graph illustrates the relative scores for the different zoom ranges evaluated. The abscissa is expressed in 35mm equivalent focal length. Zooming-in scores are displayed on the right and Zooming-out scores on the left.
Video Zoom

Video zoom results were decent and also an improvement over the previous model. The level of captured detail was high across all tested zoom settings but noise could also be quite noticeable. We also observed some issues with zoom smoothness.

Wide

116

Honor Magic5 Pro

121

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

These tests analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 mm to 20 mm. All image quality attributes are evaluated, with particular attention paid to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion. Pictures below are an extract of tested scenes.

The camera provided very good results at the ultra-wide’s native focal length (measured at 13mm) and when slightly zooming in. Image quality was great in all light conditions, especially in bright light and indoors. In low light, noise levels remained low but we observed some unnatural rendering of detail. A wide dynamic range ensured good detail in both highlight and shadow areas of the frame, and only a few contrast issues were observed.

Ultra-wide – Very wide field of view, great detail at the center of the frame

In low light the ultra-wide camera captures very good detail in architecture and landscape shots. The slight loss of sharpness we observed is in line with the best competitors in the Ultra Premium segment.

Honor Magic5 Pro - Ultra wide
Honor Magic5 Pro - Good detail, low noise, neutral white balance. Contrast is bit low.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Ultra Wide
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Loss of fine detail, noise
Huawei Mate 50 Pro - Ultra Wide
Huawei Mate 50 Pro - Good detail, low noise, visible white balance cast

Tele

115

Honor Magic5 Pro

118

Huawei P60 Pro

All image quality attributes are evaluated at focal lengths from approximately 40 mm to 300 mm, with particular attention paid to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions. The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality. Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.

Tele image results were great as well, with good detail, low noise and a wide dynamic range. Landscape and architecture shots had very good image quality across all tele settings. In the lab indoor and low light samples measured very high for detail and showed low noise levels, but the overall score was impacted by some slight artifacts. Please note the samples below are only a small selection, we test a camera’s tele capabilities at more than 10 different focal lengths, from short tele to very long.

Honor Magic5 Pro - Medium range tele
Honor Magic5 Pro - Fine detail and low noise
Vivo X90 Pro+ - Medium range tele (3.5x)
Vivo X90 Pro+ - Good detail
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra - Medium range tele
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra - Loss of detail

Video

144

Honor Magic5 Pro

158

Apple iPhone 15 Pro
About DXOMARK Camera Video tests

DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2.5 hours of video in controlled lab environments and in natural low-light, indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The evaluation consists of visually inspecting natural videos taken in various conditions and running objective measurements on videos of charts recorded in the lab under different conditions from 1 to 1000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.

The Honor Magic5 Pro’s video mode was tested at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second. Our testing found the Honor to be the best Android smartphone for video, and the best device in SDR video format. However, it could not quite match the class leader, the iPhone 14 Pro.

Video was improved over the Magic4 Ultimate across all test attributes. Video noise was generally low in most light conditions, with accurate target exposure. Stabilization was an area with potential for improvement, with frame shift noticeable when panning or moving with the camera.

Honor Magic5 Pro Video scores vs Ultra-Premium
Video tests analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture, or noise, in addition to temporal aspects such as speed, and smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance, and autofocus transitions.

Exposure

106

Honor Magic5 Pro

116

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Exposure tests evaluate the brightness of the main subject and the dynamic range, eg. the ability to render visible details in both bright and dark areas of the image. Stability and temporal adaption of the exposure are also analyzed.

The Honor Magic5 Pro delivered good video exposure in most conditions. Dynamic range was wide in daylight and indoors, capturing good detail in both highlight and shadow areas of the frame. However, it wasn’t quite as wide as on the Apple iPhone 14 Pro, which is the current benchmark for video dynamic range, thanks to its outstanding HDR processing capabilities. Exposure transitions on the Honor were generally smooth but some stepping was often noticeable.

Honor Magic 5 Pro – Slight exposure instability

Apple iPhone 14 Pro – No exposure instability

Google Pixel 7 Pro – No exposure instability

Color

116

Honor Magic5 Pro

119

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Image-quality color analysis looks at color rendering, skin-tone rendering, white balance, color shading, stability of the white balance and its adaption when light is changing.

Color was generally accurate in indoor conditions and low light, but our testers sometimes observed a slightly cool color cast when recording in daylight and bad weather conditions. Other than that, color rendering was accurate and skin tones looked nice in most conditions. White balance transitions in changing light were generally smooth but slight instabilities could occur.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Accurate white balance and pleasant color rendering

Autofocus

113

Honor Magic5 Pro

119

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+

Video autofocus was smooth and did a good job at tracking subjects. In addition, it reacted quickly and accurately to changes in the scene.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Accurate tracking capabilities

Apple iPhone 14 Pro – Accurate tracking capabilities

Google Pixel 7 Pro – Accurate tracking capabilities

Texture

112

Honor Magic5 Pro

118

Oppo Find X6 Pro

Texture tests analyze the level of details and texture of the real-life videos as well as the videos of charts recorded in the lab. Natural videos recordings are visually evaluated, with particular attention paid to the level of details in the bright and areas as well as in the dark. Objective measurements are performed of images of charts taken in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux. The charts used are the DXOMARK chart (DMC) and Dead Leaves chart.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation video score vs lux levels
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation video score with the level of lux in video. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.

In static scenes, the Honor’s video clips showed good detail, but some loss of fine detail was noticeable on moving subjects, particularly when recording in low light.

Honor Magic5 Pro - Details
Honor Magic5 Pro - High level of details but some fine details are lost
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Details
Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Very high level of details
Google Pixel 7 Pro - Details
Google Pixel 7 Pro - Lower level of details

Noise

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Honor Magic5 Pro

119

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Noise tests analyze various attributes of noise such as intensity, chromaticity, grain, structure, temporal aspects on real-life video recording as well as videos of charts taken in the lab. Natural videos are visually evaluated, with particular attention paid to the noise in the dark areas and high dynamic range conditions. Objective measurements are performed on the videos of charts recorded in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux. The chart used is the DXOMARK visual noise chart.

Spatial visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of spatial visual noise with the level of lux. Spatial visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.
Temporal visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of temporal visual noise with the level of lux. Temporal visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup.

Video noise was pretty well under control in all light conditions. Noise mostly became noticeable in moving scenes or close to the edges of the frame. Overall, noise management was one of the Honor’s strengths in video mode, but it did not quite match the best-in-class iPhone 14 Pro.

Stabilization

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Honor Magic5 Pro

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Stabilization evaluation tests the ability of the device to stabilize footage thanks to software or hardware technologies such as OIS, EIS, or any other means. The evaluation looks at residual motion, smoothness, jello artifacts and residual motion blur on walk-and-run use cases in various lighting conditions. The video below is an extract from one of the tested scenes.

Video stabilization was generally effective at counteracting camera motion, even walking while recording. However, running or panning resulted in noticeable frame shift in most light conditions.

Honor Magic5 Pro – Efficient stabilization but frameshift is visible

Apple iPhone 14 Pro – Efficient and smooth stabilization

Google Pixel 7 Pro – Efficient stabilization

Artifacts

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Honor Magic5 Pro

86

Xiaomi 12S Ultra

Artifacts are evaluated with MTF and ringing measurements on the SFR chart in the lab as well as frame-rate measurements using the LED Universal Timer. Natural videos are visually evaluated by paying particular attention to artifacts such as aliasing, quantization, blocking, and hue shift, among others. The more severe and the more frequent the artifact, the higher the point deduction from the score. The main artifacts and corresponding point loss are listed below.

Main video artifacts penalties

Video artifacts were generally well under control but maze/moiré could often be noticeable on fine patterns, and the glass in front of the lens had a tendency to generate flare, which was sometimes visible on the faces of portrait subjects.

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