Honor Magic 4 Pro review: successful comeback with a truly high-end smartphone

To face fierce competition at the high end (including smartphones over 1000 €), Honor equips 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 periscopic telephoto lens. To these three modules is added a ToF sensor (for Flight Time) which is especially helpful for depth. The set is reminiscent of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, a few million smaller pixels.

Main module: 50 Mpx, f/1.8, eq. 27mm

Oppo Find X5 (12.5 MP, f/1.8, ISO 186, 1/250 sec)

Honor Magic 4 Pro (12.5MP, f/1.8, 1/100s)

From a wide angle, the Magic 4 Pro has a tendency to overexpose. This looks very clear compared to the Find X5 from Oppo. The Honor model, however, tries to offer an image with colors that are almost natural, without forcing too much contrast as is the case with the Find X5. As such, the latter provides a much better sharpness and a less pronounced refinement.

Oppo Find X5 (12.5MP, f/1.8, ISO 5201, 1/20s)

Honor Magic 4 Pro (12.5MP, f/1.8, 1/15s)

The observation is almost the same at night. The snapshot captured by the Magic 4 Pro is a bit drooling, probably due to the high increase in sensitivity to try to hide digital noise. At Oppo, the philosophy is different because it reveals these rough edges in the image, even if it means losing a little detail.

Let us add that our notation takes into account our entire test scene, and not just its center, which is isolated in the images above. Honor Magic 4 Pro performs very well on the outside, an often obscure spot in the middle of the competition. This allows him to get more points.

50MP mode

50MP (100% crop)

12.5MP (100% crop)

50MP (100% crop)

12.5MP (100% crop)

In the fullest sense, there has been a marked improvement in the photographs of the day. The 50 Mpx mode corrects this exposure problem, providing more sharpness and slightly improved juice. It’s never a hair lift, but there’s no denying it’s much better. On the other hand, in low light, it is a disaster; it is preferred pixel binding if you want to get the shots at night.

Ultra-wide-angle module: 50 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 13mm

Oppo Find X5 (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 16 mm, ISO 399, 1/125 s)

Honor Magic 4 Pro (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 13 mm, 1/125 s)

The trend is reversed at an ultra wide angle because the Honor Magic 4 Pro is able to provide a more satisfying image. The exposure is better – even if it’s still very strong in some areas – the colorimetry is nicer and the sharpness is good.

Oppo Find X5 (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 16 mm, ISO 6326, 1/10 s)

Honor Magic 4 Pro (12.5 Mpx, f/2.2, eq. 13 mm, 1/15 s)

At night, it’s a cold rain: the shot gets worse, which makes the Oppo Find X5 even more convincing.

Periscope x3.5 telephoto lens: 64 Mpx, f/3.5, eq. 95mm

Oppo Find X5

Honor Magic 4 Pro

Zooming is very effective during the day. It offers good colorimetric translation, good exposure and a much more flattering juice than its competition. Note that the Oppo’s magnification isn’t much faster than the Honor’s, as it’s only x2.

Oppo Find X5

Honor Magic 4 Pro

As usual, the smartphone does not use its telephoto lens to take a night shot. It then bases itself on the main module where the image is cropped to fit the promised magnification. This explains more of the degraded quality of our photo where the scene is so chaotic.

Front module, portrait and video modes

On the front, the Magic 4 Pro includes a 12 Mpx module along with a ToF sensor that is commonly used for face recognition. This front module is an ultra wide-angle to take more people in your selfies. The latter is also very good, even if we regret the slight lack of sharpness.

Same thing for shots taken in portrait mode using the front module. With one in the back, the result is very good. Clipping almost perfect, the Magic 4 Pro quickly manages to capture topics. Hair is not a problem, like beards, for example. The user will only be careful to deactivate beauty tricks to benefit from the “purest” photo possible. The comment also applies to selfies without portrait mode.

In video, the smartphone is capable of filming up to 4K at 60 fps. It allows filming in LOG, an almost raw mode and allows filming without processing directly applied to the video, so it can be modified if desired in post-production. Honor Magic 4 Pro also offers LUT (Look-Up Table) film, which is an image that has already been calibrated, so there are different tones and colors-different video filters to summarize. These LUTs also apply to LOG-filmed files, which can be reproduced directly from the phone. As for fulfillment, the wide angle module and the periscopic telephoto lens are equipped with an optical stabilizer to limit vibrations as much as possible. The only minor concern to be noticed is the jolts that occur when changing focal length. Either way, this Magic 4 Pro is a serious proposition when it comes to video.

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