Huawei Nova 8i test: without Google services and without shine

The Huawei Nova 8i has a quadruple photo module consisting of a 64 Mpx wide-angle lens whose lens opens at f / 1.9 as well as an 8 Mpx ultra wide-angle (f / 2.4). Also note the presence of a macro module and a depth module of 2 Mpx each. A configuration quite similar to that of the Realme GT Master, for example.

Main module: 64 Mpx, f/1.9, eq. 26 millimeters

In its standard mode, the wide-angle module of the Nova 8i takes pictures in 16 Mpx thanks to the technique of the pixel grouping which allows pixels to be merged by four in order to capture more light when it runs out.

Realme GT Master (26mm eq., f/1.8, ISO 222, 1/100 sec)
Huawei Nova 8i (26mm eq., f/1.9, ISO 132, 1/60s)

By day, the finding is clear. If the snapshot taken by the Huawei Nova 8i is readable, the comparison with that of the Realme GT Master does not really turn in its favor. It is underexposed and the smoothing removes many details. The patterns may be sharp, but their colors seem faded. Although the rendering of the Realme GT Master is saturated, the rendering is definitely more precise and more flattering.

Realme GT Master (26mm eq., f/1.8, ISO 7587, 1/17 sec)
Huawei Nova 8i (26 mm eq., f/1.9, ISO 6528, 1/10 s)

The situation is not at all better in the dark. The Nova 8i can’t keep up and the image blurs dangerously. The level of detail collapses and it is difficult to distinguish faces or patterns on the cards. Without shining, the result offered by the GT Master is much better. Despite the digital noise, it is possible to appreciate every element of the scene.

64 MP mode

It is possible to force full definition capture in the Nova 8i settings. We will therefore compare the shots in 16 Mpx with those in 64 Mpx. As usual, we isolated an area of ​​the same size (0.90 Mpx) on each of the shots. You can see the difference in definition.

Huawei Nova 8i (26mm eq., f/1.9, ISO 169, 1/60s)
Huawei Nova 8i (26mm eq., f/1.9, ISO 132, 1/60s)

In bright conditions, this full definition brings a real gain to the shot. There is a real increase in detail, even if the general colorimetry is still as bland. This mode is therefore interesting to use, even if it inevitably weighs more on the storage of the device.

Huawei Nova 8i (26 mm eq., f/1.9, ISO 4402, 1/10 s)
Huawei Nova 8i (26 mm eq., f/1.9, ISO 6528, 1/10 s)

The result is not at all similar when the light runs out, on the contrary. Not only does the level of detail not increase at all, but we also observe the appearance of numerous chromatic aberrations. It therefore has no real interest.

Ultra wide-angle mode: 8 MP, f/2.4, 120°, eq. 17 millimeters

The ultra wide-angle module, rarely used on entry-level and mid-range smartphones, does not shine more.

Realme GT Master (16mm eq., f/2.3, ISO 191, 1/60 sec)
Huawei Nova 8i (eq. 17 mm, f/2.4, ISO 167, 1/60 s)

By day, a pink veil covers the image. The level of detail is more or less similar to that of the Realme GT Master. The latter is still doing a little better, especially in terms of exposure. The reinforced contrast breathes a little more relief into the whole.

Realme GT Master (16mm eq., f/2.3, ISO 7104, 1/15 sec)
Realme GT (17mm eq., f/2.4, ISO 3270, 1/13 sec)

The debate does not really take place when the light is missing. The scene is unreadable in both cases, even if the Nova 8i is again underexposed.

Front module, portrait and video mode

The Huawei Nova 8i has a photo module on the front, housed in a punch located to the left of the screen. Here too, no big surprise. The quality is decent and benefits from a warmer and more saturated colorimetry than with the backing. But exposure management isn’t ideal and the photos lack sharpness. The portrait mode disappoints and the bokeh effect is absent. We cannot therefore say that the smartphone shines in the field of the selfie.

The smartphone offers to film in Full HD and 720p at 30 fps, when smartphones at an equivalent price do better, since they offer 4K or a 1080p mode at 60 fps. Anyway, the result by the Nova 8i is far from excellent. A slightly reddish tint covers the image and we note the presence of numerous micro-tremors. This will of course be enough for small occasional videos, but we are not facing a video smartphone.

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