By: The Mobile Indian network, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi -Monday, June, 30 2014
Gionee Elife S5.5 has been around a while in the Indian market. The Elife S5.5 is the one of the slimmest yet strong body clad smartphones available in the market today. It also boasts a powerful set of hardware including a 13 megapixel camera and an LED flash at the rear. In the front, it has a 5 megapixel wide-angle camera. We took the camera in testing waters and here are few pictures that we clicked using its cameras.
In normal mode, the 13 megapixel camera of Elife S5.5 does an impressive job compared to other 13 megapixel camera of other smartphones.
We put the camera details to test with natural lighting next to a window by shooting three subjects - two toys and a maroon desk phone. The colour saturation is quite natural and details are pleasing.
We captured similar settings but with artificial indoor lights by closing blinds and thereby letting the light to decently bounce off it. The result shows bit more saturation of the colours compared to the previous image.
The LED flash is meant to help out in case of low light conditions and the results are quite far from our expectations. While the flash offers ample light, the details simply go for a toss.
Gionee has placed 5 megapixel front facing camera that can capture up to 95 degree angle. We clicked a normal image using the front camera and results were fairly impressive compared to front facing cameras of other smartphones.
Normal shot of outdoor environments appear slightly dull and bit washed when clicked with HDR Off.
While the HDR On saves the day by capturing everything possible and then throwing overall balance to the image. Of course, the image quality does take a bit of toll but then the resultant image looks quite lively and punchier than the HDR-off image.
By default, the Camera app offers easy to use and understand options in the Normal View. When tapped on the tiny camera icon in Normal mode, it switches to a professional looking mode that offers more control on White Balance, Exposure Value and ISO settings.
The camera integrated in the Gionee Elife S5.5 would be great if used to click images of subjects in close proximity. Images of landscapes and sky would be fine but would lack much of detail. However, in that case, using HDR mode can deliver decent images. Even the front facing camera is great to take self portraits at party.