The Gionee Elife E7 has one of the best cameras for a smartphone, and the 16-megapixel shooter does a quite decent job in capturing the photos in bright conditions, and it really doesn’t disappoint when capturing in the low light conditions. When compared to the Android smartphone camera apps, the Nokia ones with the Windows Phone interfaces were always applauded, but the Gionee Elife E7 is coming with an excellent interface for the camera app, and there are a lot of settings to play around with, to take the advantage of the beautiful 16MP lens.
Talking about the details, here it is.
- Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
- LED Flash
- Photo resolution: 4608 x 3456 pixels
- Video recording: 1920 x 1080 pixels, Full HD
The above and below screenshots would show you how good the interface of the camera app is. You won’t be able to see those effects which are included in most of the high-end devices, but the manual controls are excellent. You can change the ISO, IV, White Balance and size to various levels, and the rotatory options would be for the modes – Normal, touch, V-sign, Smile and the Self-time options for 2 seconds, 5 seconds or 10 seconds.
The actual capturing options are also quite good, and the HDR mode is excellent. There are capture modes such as Auto, Sport, Night, Panorama and HDR. The user can choose to turn Face detection on, and there is a level meter to make you understand if the phone is actually titled or is straight when taking a photo.
A few comparative camera smartphones:
Now, here are a few sample captures we did at our studio to check out the capture quality in different conditions. The first one below is a natural shot where the object is near, and how beautifully everything in the background is defocused.
The same object at same distance, with the background being too bright, to understand how it captures and whether the background defocus is the same with this too.
Captures with Flash turned on – When the LED flash is turned on, the flash throws itself very bright, but it’s not spreading well. We are not impressed with the flash, making the capture more unnatural than we expected it to be.
HDR Mode – This was brilliant, as expected. The light was reduced automatically and there is very less noise on the object although you might have to wait for 2-3 seconds for the HDR shoot to be captured.
Low-light capture / Night mode – The low light photography is what many a times we are concerned about, for any smartphone camera. The Elife E7 does the same job as any other would do on the normal mode, but the Night mode was quite good as the noise was reduced and the detailing was brighter and better.
Below are a couple other natural shots captured with the Elife E7 camera, under the normal light conditions.
Overall, we were quite impressed with the Gionee Elife E7’s camera in different conditions, and the manual options makes it even better for the users who know how the settings would work, and when they didn’t really want to carry a digital camera along while traveling.