Huawei GR5 2017 Dual Camera Review and Tutorial

Huawei is known for making smartphones with great dual camera like its flagship Huawei Mate 9 and other expensive smartphones with dual camera setup like Huawei P9, and the upcoming P10.

huawei gr5 2017 dual camera review and tutorial
Dual Camera beast!

But we're talking about their mid-range budget smartphone with dual camera setup, the Huawei GR5 2017 or also known as Honor 6x and Huawei Mate 9 Lite in other regions.

Also, if you're looking for a phone that can take great image quality, with lowlight and has a dual camera setup that can also make DSLR like bokeh or wide aperture effect, but, without breaking $$?? Well, the Huawei GR5 2017 might perfect for you,

Since we're talking about the camera, the Huawei GR5 2017 camera sports 12MP + 2MP for depth sensing, and for making bokeh or beautiful blurry backround effect.

In the Camera app, if you slide towards right there's so many exciting modes and it include the pro mode for photos and videos.

Pro Mode

In Pro-mode, your in control of shutter speed from 1/4000 to 8 seconds, ISO of up to 1600, and manual focus.

And if you slide towards left of the Camera app there's some helpful settings like adjusting the resolution, turn on the assistive grid, and save to SD card button.

Today we're gonna doing a review and tutorials of some exciting camera features of this phone.

Bokeh Effect

The main feature of GR5 2017's dual camera is to make Bokeh or wide aperture effect.
Wide aperture mode

To make bokeh or wide aperture effect tap the aperture icon in 

Wide aperture mode

Then, tap where you want to focus and then adjust the aperture between f/0.95 up to f/16 to produce image with shallow depth of field. Also, there's an notification that its recommended for taking photos of people or objects within 2 meters for better result.

Ex. Bokeh effect
huawei gr5 2017 image sample
Bokeh effect

HDR Mode

High Dynamic Range (HDR), use this mode to get more details in the lightest and darkest areas of your photos.

Setup is easy, swipe your phone towards right and then select HDR. Now steady your phone to take HDR image.

Example : HDR mode
Normal vs HDR

Night Shot Mode

One of the most I do really like camera feature of this phone is Night Shot Mode. Use this mode to take stunning picture at the night without using LED flash. Simply steady your phone or use a tripod to take a shot.

Light Painting Mode

Another exciting feature of the camera of  GR5 2017 is Light Painting mode. There are four (4) types of this mode, Tail Lights, Light graffiti, Silky water, and Star track.
 Again, simply steady your phone or use a tripod to take a shot.

Panorama Mode

Panorama is very common in almost smartphones that has a camera, but, in case you didn't know how to do it, let's give it a try.

Panorama Mode
To start touch the shutter button, and then move your phone slowly left to right (as we can see in the notification).

Good food Mode

Use this mode for taking a shot of the food, to make foods more yummy in image ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

Example : Good food Mode
Delicious Malunggay

Audio note Mode

This mode is unusual, so let's take a look.

Audio note mode

Ahahh....So after taking a picture, you can record an audio up to 10 seconds.

Watermark Mode

This mode is pretty exciting, there so many Watermark you can choose like this one>...
Watermark mode

Just tap more to choose any kinds of Watermark like location, weather, and time etc...

Ex. Watermark Mode
Beautiful Sunday

Slow-mo Mode

We all love slow motion because it makes video more cinematic and satisfying. The Huawei GR5 2017 has it, but not that as very impressive because of that VGA (640x480) resolution.

Its easy to start, just tap the shutter button and start recording. Then check it out on Gallery app and the phone will give an option where or when you start the slow-mo in video. Just like this...

Slo-mo mode

Ex. Slow-mo Mode (video)


Beauty Video 

This mode is also unusual, it is similar to Beauty Photo. Let's take a look.

Like in Beauty Photo you can adjust how much beauty you want from 0 to 10. Just like this...

Beauty video mode

Timelapse Mode

Use this mode to record a beautiful timelapse video in the City or in the Sea.

Just let your phone sitting there for a couple of minutes and see the beautiful result of timelapse video.

Zoom Quality

The Huawei GR5 2017 does not support optical zoom, so here is what its look like in digital zoom only.

Full Zoom

We still can see the detailed image even with full zoom. What do you think?

Video Quality

The Huawei GR5 2017 can record a video of up to 1080p @ 30FPS. The downside is there is no OIS or EIS onboard, so the video might be shaky, though.

As we can see in the test, the video image quality is great, very crisp and detailed. What do you think?

Aside from all of that, there is Splash effect that might be interesting for us. Choose a photo to edit and then choose Splash. Just tap where you want to restore a color to create Splash effect. Like this...


Lowlight Quality

The Huawei GR5 2017 can take great lowlight image quality because it has 1/2.9" sensor and a 1.25 ยตm pixel size camera. Here is the exmaple :
@ Surigao City


  • Great Image Quality
  • Dual main Camera
  • Options for Pro mode 
  • No Image Stabilization 
  • No Optical Zoom
Overall, the Huawei GR5 2017 camera is great for its price-range. Especially the Bokeh or wide aperture effect that can take image like a pro.

We give 4.7 out of 5 for the camera and for this price range.
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