HONOR 90 5G camera review: Do you really need a lot of zoom?

This special HONOR 90 5G camera review is to test out HONOR 90’s biggest talking point, which is the 200MP Super Sensing camera.

According to the brand, the camera make super clear photography, with details clear when taken using the the High-res camera.

Activating the 200MP camera, super macro and more

Before I can test the 200MP camera, I need to activate the lens, which is done by using the camera app, and choosing the ‘High-res’ camera option under ‘More’.

Once here, the zoom is deactivated, and the camera now shoots in the highest possible megapixels, which is the 200MP.

Similarly, tapping ‘More’ is also how I can activate special options for the camera lens which include the Pro function, Slow-mo, Panorama, HDR Video, Time-Lapse, HDR Photo, Solo cut, Sticker, Super Macro, Story and Scan Document.

Not sure how to do it? Watch the video in the link below.

Quality of HONOR 90 200MP photo

The 200MP photo takes about a second to shoot an image.  The size is also so much bigger than using the default camera settings.

The photo below was taken with Hi-res.

As you can see, the photo is very clear and looks very good. It also comes at 31MB.

The advantage of the 200MP lens actually only shows when I decide to zoom onto the image with the photo able to capture details with enlargement. In the photo above, I decided to enlarge the section in red in the photo below.

A lower pixel camera would already cause the image to break and become unrecognizable, but as you can see in the photo below, the photo can still capture such detail (which is readable), despite snipping out just a section of the photo.

The same happens for night shots. The photo below was also taken using the High-res 200MP lens.

Like when taken during day light, when the photo is enlarged, details can still be seen as if they are taken with a zoom.

Another thing to note is how the 200MP by the HONOR 90 suppresses light better in hi-res mode, making the photo turn out in better detail even at night.

So what does this mean?

For me as a digital content creator, it means I can take a photo of a single item or place, but snip (or cut) it according to my needs, which in turn makes me have more images just from one photo.

For example, the photo below.

I can easily turn it into three or more different photos (as seen below) which are equally clear without worry, thanks to the 200MP quality, with no zoom needed.

The default cameras

Now let’s talk about the phone’s camera in general.

The HONOR 90 comes with a main 200MP Super Sensing Camera (f/1.9), with 1/1.4-inch CMOS size, a 12MP Ultra Wide and Macro Camera (f/2.2) and a 2MP Depth Camera (f/2.4).

Using the default camera allows you to zoom three times, namely at 0.6x, 1x and 2x.

Generally, I found the images to be good especially under good lighting as you can see below (taken according to 0.6x, 1.0x, 2.0x).

During the night these same set of lenses also perform quite well as you can see below (taken according to 0.6x, 1.0x, 2.0x).

HONOR 90 video capabilities

When it comes to videography, the HONOR 90 also doesn’t disappoint.

Images were stable and voice recording is good, although not as clear as what you get when recording with the HONOR Magic5 Pro.

A sample of a vlog I recorded with the HONOR 90 can be seen below for your reference.


Conclusion HONOR 90 5G camera review

Between mid-range smartphones, I think the HONOR 90 is more than capable to outshine many of its rivals in terms of quality.

However, if you compare it against flagship smartphones like the HONOR Magic5 Pro, it is bound to look slightly less great, at times leaving you wanting more especially if you enjoy using a lot of zooms in photo taking.

That said, I think those still wanting good photos would still love the HONOR 90, and as far as content creators are concerned, I think it’s a capable smartphone to say the least.