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Yu Yureka Black camera review

We have tested the camera performance of Yu Yureka Black under different lighting situations and here is how it performed.

Pros

Clean camera UI Decent performance in broad daylight Selfie Flash is handy

Cons

Struggles in low light Selfie camera is above average Lacks some detailing
Yu Televentures has recently launched a new budget-centric smartphone, Yureka Black, after a wait for almost one year. The brand recreated its’ one of the most famous smartphone, Yureka, with some updated specifications coupled with a new all-black design. Priced at Rs 8,999, the device will be competing with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 4, Coolpad Note 5 Lite and so on.
Though in the specifications front, the smartphone gives a tough competition to others, but what about the camera? We have tested the camera performance of Yu Yureka Black in different lighting situations and here is how it performed.
Before we start with the camera review, it is important to note that we have recently downloaded the Android 7.1.2 Nougat Beta build for Yureka Black on our review unit and the camera samples are taken with the latest update.
Yu Yureka Black camera specs
Starting with the camera specs of the Yureka Black, the device comes loaded with a 13-megapixel rear camera with rear camera with Sony IMX258 sensor, 5P lens and dual LED flash. For the front, there is an 8-megapixel shooter with front flash.
Yu Yureka Black Camera Interface
After downloading the latest Beta build, we found a new camera UI for the Yureka Black. The brand has made the user interface quite easy to use and simple to understand. There is shutter button at the bottom accompanied by a gallery shortcut on the left, while at the right, there is an option to switch between photo, video and Panorama.
Camera UI
At the top-right corner, you will see a button, which shows the mode you are using right now. On the top-left corner, there is a Setting button. Then you have different filters coupled with beautification mode and camera switch at the top. Overall, the user interface is good, but the placement of the Mode button could have been a bit more prominent.
Yu Yureka Black Camera performance
Talking about the camera performance, the device has its share of hits and misses. During broad daylight condition, the phone is able to take some good photos with colours being close to the source. However, the detailing of the photo is above average and it is not able to handle complex lighting situation nicely, which sometimes results in an overexposed background. In some cases, the sky colour is a bit oversaturated. You can check the camera sample of the Yureka Black here.
Talking about the HDR mode, the device tends to oversaturate colours, which kind of spoils the whole image. The mode basically enhances all the highlights and shadow present in the image, which can be a bit eyesore for some. Coming to macro shots, the phone was quick to lock focus on the subject, but the detailing was one again not up to the mark, especially, if you are taking a macro shot in indoor lighting situations.
YUreka Black
During low light condition, the photo clicked came out to be noisy, though it was able to handle glares in some cases, in most cases the photo ends up with lots of noise and graininess.
The selfie camera also does a decent job and the front flash is quite useful in the dark places like some club or restaurants. However, the output of the selfie camera is above average and in low light condition, you will find some graininess in the images.
Moving on to the different modes present in the camera, it comes loaded with HDR, UbiFocus, OptiZoom, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Flowers, Backlight, Candlelight, Sunset, Night, Beach and Snow. The UbiFocus mode basically clicks five pictures in a row and then combines it, so you get more detailed and focused image. In the OptiZoom mode, you can digitally zoom up to 8x, though there will be a substantial loss of quality. Other modes, performs well during our testing period and it is fun to use them.

Verdict

To sum up, the performance of the camera came out to be a mixed bag one. Though it is able to capture some good photos in the broad daylight, it shimmers during low light condition. But looking at the price point, one can neglect one or two negatives, as one cannot accept much from devices at this price point. But, if seen in total oblivion, then it does have some inconsistency issues.

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