To face stiff competition at the high end (including smartphones over € 1,000), Honor has armed itself at the photo level. The Chinese company offers two 50-megapixel modules, wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle, as well as a 64 Mpx periscope telephoto lens. To these three modules is added a ToF sensor (for Time of Flight), which will especially help with the depth. The set is reminiscent of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, a few million fewer pixels.
Main module: 50 Mpx, f / 1.8, similar. 27 mm
At the wide angle, Magic 4 Pro tends to overexpose. This can be seen very clearly in comparison with Find X5 from Oppo. However, the Honor model tries to offer an image with colors that are quite close to natural, without forcing too much on the contrast, as is the case with the Find X5. That said, the latter delivers a much better sharpness and a less pronounced smoothing.
The observation is almost identical at night. The snapshot taken by Magic 4 Pro is drooling somewhat, probably due to the too high sensitivity increase to try to hide the digital noise. At Oppo, the philosophy is different as it reveals these rough edges of the image, even if it means losing a small detail.
Let’s add that our notation takes into account our entire test scene, and not just its center, isolated in the images above. Honor Magic 4 Pro does very well on the outskirts, an often vague area among competitors. This allows him to get additional points.
50 MP mode
In full definition, there is a marked improvement in daytime photos. 50 Mpx mode corrects this exposure problem, provides more sharpness and slightly improved sharpness. It’s not really hair-raising, but is undeniably better. On the other hand, in low light, it is a disaster; prefer it pixel binding if you want to take night pictures.
Ultra-wide angle module: 50 Mpx, f / 2.2, lign. 13 mm
The trend is reversed with the ultra-wide angle, as Honor Magic 4 Pro manages to give a much more satisfying image. The exposure is better – even though it is still too strong in some places – the colorimetry is much more pleasant and the sharpness quite good.
At night, it’s a cold shower: the captured image is rough, with the Oppo Find X5 being much more compelling.
Periscope x3.5 telephoto lens: 64 Mpx, f / 3.5, lign. 95 mm
The zoom is quite effective during the day. It offers good colorimetric reproduction, good exposure and a more flattering sharpness than the competition. Note that the magnification of Oppo is less powerful than for Honor, as it is only x2.
As is often the case, the smartphone does not use its telephoto lens when taking a night picture. It is then based on the main module, where the image is cropped to match the promised magnification. This explains the more than degraded quality of our photo, where the scene is very messy.
Front module, portrait and video mode
On the front, the Magic 4 Pro incorporates a 12 Mpx module coupled with a ToF sensor, which is mainly used for face recognition. This front module is an ultra wide angle to bring more people into your selfies. The latter are also very good, although we regret a slight lack of sharpness.
Same for pictures taken in portrait mode with the front module. With the present at the back, the result is excellent. The cut is almost perfect, Magic 4 Pro manages to easily capture the motifs. Hair is not a problem, like beards for example. The user will only make sure to disable beauty tricks to take advantage of the “cleanest” photo possible. The note also applies to selfies without portrait mode.
In video, the smartphone is capable of filming up to 4K at 60 fps. It allows recording in LOG, a mode that is close to raw and allows recording without processing directly on the video, then changing it at will in post-production. Honor Magic 4 Pro also offers filming in LUT (Look-Up Table), ie with an image that has already been calibrated, therefore with variable tones and colors – a kind of video filters to summarize. These LUTs are also usable for files filmed in LOG, which can be reworked directly from the phone. In terms of realization, the wide-angle module and the periscope telephoto lens are equipped with an optical stabilizer to limit vibrations as much as possible. The only minor concern noticed is the shocks that occur when changing the focal length. Either way, this Magic 4 Pro is a serious proposition when it comes to video.