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Razer Phone Revisited – Indepth Camera Analysis

The last of our image comparisons, here we present 5 different shots taken on both the Razer Phone and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The reason we have chosen to compare these phones is pricing – both cost £699, so it will be interesting to see how the cameras stack up against each other.

For reference, the Razer Phone images are on the left-hand side. We used fully automated settings with both phones.

Razer Phone, left, compared with Mate 10 Pro, right

Razer Phone, left, compared with Mate 10 Pro, right

Razer Phone, left, compared with Mate 10 Pro, right

Razer Phone, left, compared with Mate 10 Pro, right

Razer Phone, left, compared with Mate 10 Pro, right

The first thing to note is auto-exposure – the Razer Phone’s failings here quickly become apparent when compared with the Mate 10 Pro. In the first three images, the Razer Phone over-exposes and burn-in is introduced – the Mate 10 Pro, however, produces much smoother photos with no sign of burn-in. It’s images are a bit darker, yes, but that can always be tweaked when we get to post-processing. The Razer Phone’s overexposure is much more of a problem. You can lighten an image easily enough, but you can’t put in detail that is not there in the first place.

That said, the Razer Phone can produce punchier colours – particularly noticeable in shot 4, where the Mate 10 Pro looks much more muted in comparison. This image was taken using the Razer Phone’s zoom lens, and with the Mate 10 Pro we used the camera’s ‘lossless 2x zoom’ setting to replicate the Razer’s zoom lens. Even though it is a good example of digital zoom, it is no match for proper optical zoom and there is noticeably more detail in the Razer Phone’s image.

Overall, though, the Mate 10 Pro produces cleaner, more detailed images across the board. In image 5, for instance, the colours are more vibrant, while it is also better exposed. Speaking purely in-terms of automated camera quality, it has to be a win for Huawei here.

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