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OnePlus 6 Review including Camera Showcase & My Top 8 Highlights

Welcome to my OnePlus 6 Review. My review includes my top 8 highlights along with a camera showcase. If you are uncertain whether you wish to buy the OnePlus 6, hopefully my review will help you make an informed decision.

The OnePlus 6 starts at £470 for the 64gb version and also comes in 128gb and 256gb storage. The remainder of the specifications include –

Key Specifications

– Dimensions 155.7×75.4×7.75 mm
– Weight 177g
– Operating System – OxygenOS based on Android™ Oreo
– CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 GHz), within AIE, GPU Adreno 630
– RAM 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4X
– Storage UFS 2.1 2-LANE 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
– Sensors Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor Core
– Ports USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio
– Dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5 mm audio jack
– Battery 3300 mAh (non-removable) Fast Charging (5V 4A)
– Audio Bottom-facing speaker, Noise cancellation support, Dirac HD Sound®,Dirac Power Sound®
– LTE/LTE-A – DL 4CA/256QAM, UL CA/64QAM, 4×4 MIMO
– Supports up to DL CAT16/ UL CAT13 (1Gbps/150 Mbps) depending on carrier support
– Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
– Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD, NFC enabled, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
– Display Size: 6.28 inches, Resolution: 2280 x 1080 pixels,Aspect Ratio: 19:9
– Cover Glass: 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
– Rear Camera – Main,Sensor: Sony IMX 519, Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.22 µm,OIS, EIS, Autofocus: DCAF,Aperture: f/1.7
– Rear Camera – Secondary, Sensor: Sony IMX 376K, Megapixels: 20, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm, Autofocus: PDAF, Aperture: f/1.7 , Dual LED Flash
– Video, 4K resolution video at 30/60 fps, 1080P resolution video at 30/60 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Super Slow Motion: 1080p video at 240 fps, 720p video at 480 fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor
– Front Camera, Sensor: Sony IMX 371,Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm,EIS: Yes,Autofocus: Fixed Focus, Aperture: f/2.0, Video 1080P resolution video at 30 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Time-Lapse
– Audio Supported Formats – Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
– Video Supported Formats – Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
Recording: MP4

So as you can see, the specifications for the OnePlus 6 are pretty impressive. So now lets take a closer look and see if its all specs and no substance, and just how good is the camera!

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OnePlus 6 – Just how good is the camera for taking photos?

The OnePlus 6 is a top specified phone, but its cameras have never been its highlight. With the OnePlus 6 can OnePlus have something to shout about.

Video. My first impressions of using the camera for video were extremely disappointing. The electronic video stabilisation would not work and the footage looked wobbly as hell. If you encounter this, just turn the phone off and on again. This was the fix required. Now video looks excellent and is super stabilised.

With photos, the camera was having trouble on and off with focusing. At this point, I was ready to return the phone. However, I had managed a few reasonable shots as below.

Scenes of Bristol shot on the #OnePlus6

Scenes of Bristol shot on the #OnePlus6

Dartmoor Visitor Centre #OnePlus6

Pony Life #dartmoor #oneplus6

Scenes around Two Bridges & Princetown #dartmoor #oneplus6

Since my first impression of using the phone for video and photos, a new firmware update landed, oxygen os 5.1.6. Apart from adding new functionality, the camera quality and camera focusing was vastly improved. So below are a few shots using the new firmware.

Foggintor Quarry and scenes around Dartmoor #oneplus6

Foggintor Quarry and scenes around Dartmoor #oneplus6

With difficult light due to the overcast and misty conditions, the OnePlus 6 was performing much better than expected.

With the dog shots, they were running, so good job by the phone to freeze the shots.

George, Fury, Tiggy & Sophie enjoying their walk on Dartmoor #oneplus6

George, Fury, Tiggy & Sophie enjoying their walk on Dartmoor #oneplus6

So following this firmware update, the camera is performing well. It will be interesting to see just how much more OnePlus can improve this phone!

OnePlus 6 Audio Review – Bluetooth, Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack vs The Top Flagships

Welcome to my OnePlus 6 Audio review, covering the bluetooth, speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack. I also discuss how it compares to other flagships phones like the Honor 10, Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9+, iPhone X and more.

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OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10 vs Huawei P20 Pro – Camera Comparison – Photo & Video – A Winner is Picked!

Welcome to my camera review and comparison of the OnePlus 6 pitted against the Honor 10 and Huawei P20 Pro.

It is worth noting that the OnePlus 6 in 128gb storage is £519, the Honor 10 also with 128gb storage is £399 and the Huawei P20 Pro is £799. Whilst some deals might be available on these phones, the Honor 10 is £120 cheaper than OnePlus 6, and the Huawei P20 Pro is £180 more expensive than the OP6.

So take a look at the photos and vides, covering many modes. I have scored each shot with 3 points to the winner, 2 points for second and 1 points for last place. At the end, I total up and present the final scores and winner. What scores did you give each phone?

Below is some bonus footage from all 3 phones rear cameras!

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OnePlus 6 Unboxing & First Impressions incl Camera

Welcome to my OnePlus 6 Unboxing, First Impressions including camera along with a few tips and tricks.

Coming soon with be my detailed audio review (encompassing the 3.5mm headphone jack, bluetooth and speaker) and camera review.

I will be comparing the OnePlus 6 against the Honor 10 and Huawei P20 Pro as well.

Key Specifications

– Dimensions 155.7×75.4×7.75 mm
– Weight 177g
– Operating System – OxygenOS based on Android™ Oreo
– CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 GHz), within AIE, GPU Adreno 630
– RAM 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4X
– Storage UFS 2.1 2-LANE 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
– Sensors Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor Core
– Ports USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio
– Dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5 mm audio jack
– Battery 3300 mAh (non-removable) Fast Charging (5V 4A)
– Audio Bottom-facing speaker, Noise cancellation support, Dirac HD Sound®,Dirac Power Sound®
– LTE/LTE-A – DL 4CA/256QAM, UL CA/64QAM, 4×4 MIMO
– Supports up to DL CAT16/ UL CAT13 (1Gbps/150 Mbps) depending on carrier support
– Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
– Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD, NFC enabled, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
– Display Size: 6.28 inches, Resolution: 2280 x 1080 pixels,Aspect Ratio: 19:9
– Cover Glass: 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
– Rear Camera – Main,Sensor: Sony IMX 519, Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.22 µm,OIS, EIS, Autofocus: DCAF,Aperture: f/1.7
– Rear Camera – Secondary, Sensor: Sony IMX 376K, Megapixels: 20, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm, Autofocus: PDAF, Aperture: f/1.7 , Dual LED Flash
– Video, 4K resolution video at 30/60 fps, 1080P resolution video at 30/60 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Super Slow Motion: 1080p video at 240 fps, 720p video at 480 fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor
– Front Camera, Sensor: Sony IMX 371,Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm,EIS: Yes,Autofocus: Fixed Focus, Aperture: f/2.0, Video 1080P resolution video at 30 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Time-Lapse
– Audio Supported Formats – Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
– Video Supported Formats – Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
Recording: MP4

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OnePlus 6 and accessories on Amazon UK

Honor 10 Camera & Editing App Tutorials + 90 Photos Camera Showcase #Honor10 #BeautyInAI

Welcome to my tutorial video, showing how to use the Honor 10 Camera app and all its modes. The video features a number of tips and tricks. Then I take a look at the Honor photo editing app, which is part of the Gallery app.

Then as requested, I have included a camera showcase with over 90 photos that I have snapped with the Honor 10. All of these photos are in Auto with AI left on!

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Honor 10 Audio Review – Everything Audio tested from Bluetooth, 3.5mm Headphone Jack & Speaker #Honor10 #BeautyInAI

Welcome to my Honor 10 Audio Review. In this review I run through bluetooth, the 3.5mm headphone jack and loudspeaker. Many headphones are used to test the Honor 10 too.

The Honor 10 is a superb phone. It has the following specifications –

– Android 8.1 (Oreo)
– Processor Kirin 970
– CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
– GPU Mali-G72 MP12
– AI
– Display 5.84 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
– Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio 432ppi
– Dimensions 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm
– Weight 153g
– SIM Dual SIM
– 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM storage
– Rear Cameras – Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP B/W with AI v2
– Front 24 MP, f/2.0 with AI v2
– Front Fingerprint sensor

The cameras on the Honor 10 are great too but whilst all the focus is on these, the audio side of the phone reveals some hidden secrets.

So find out more with my Honor 10 Audio Review.

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Honor 10 Camera Review – The AI Camera

Honor launched the Honor 10 yesterday along with version 2 of their AI Camera.

The Honor 10 features a 24MP + 16MP rear camera.
· The dual rear AI camera recognises 500+ scenarios in 22 categories in real time.
· It can pinpoint the outlines of various surrounding objects, like the sky, plants, people or even a waterfall, and identify their locations instantly
· This feature is supported by industry-first Semantic Image Segmentation technology, which allows the Honor 10 to identify multiple objects in one single image. These industry-first Honor 10 features apply scene-specific parameters to each photo in real time when taking a picture, making every photo you take a professional shot with just one click

· The Honor 10’s 24MP front camera is your intelligent selfie companion. It supports 3D face recognition, optimises facial details and detects over a hundred facial points to pixel-level accuracy
· The Honor 10 front camera also supports studio lighting effects with a range of lighting conditions
· The advanced and precise facial recognition ensures an accurate bokeh, and captures subtle features of everyone’s face, even in a ‘groufie’ shot

Below are some camera samples taken from the Honor 10.

The first shot above has extra saturation. Its too much for my liking, but its easily removed at a touch of the AI toggle.

The above flower shot is superb.

And finally, the colour reproduction is excellent on the above photo.

Now let’s take a more in depth look at the camera app options, AI in action and more video and photo samples with my feedback.

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Honor 10 – Unboxing & First Impressions + Camera #BeautyInAI #Honor10

Honor have just announced the Honor 10 at their UK launch event. And what a gorgeous looking phone it is.

The Full Specifications

– Android 8.1 (Oreo)
– Processor Kirin 970
– CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
– GPU Mali-G72 MP12
– AI
– Display 5.84 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
– Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio 432ppi
– Dimensions 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm
– Weight 153g
– SIM Dual SIM
– 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM storage
– Rear Cameras – Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP B/W with AI v2
– Front 24 MP, f/2.0 with AI v2
– Front Fingerprint sensor

The Honor 10 is the first is the advanced AI 2.0 technology, applied chiefly to the smartphone’s dual camera. Second is the Honor 10 CMF design, a 3D glass back with a stunning nano-scale optical coating composed of 15 layers of shimmering colour.

The Honor 10 has the industry-first front-placing ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the glass.

The Honor 10 also comes with Honor Super Charge 5V/4.5A with the 3,400 mAh battery, it can recharge 50% of power within 25 minutes.

The Honor 10 has the latest EMUI 8.1, an overall upgrade in software function and capability, and features the Easy Talk function, which reduces background noise in a windy environment when you’re talking handsfree and increases the volume of whispers for quiet conversations.

The Honor 10 is available from Three, Carphone Warehouse, Argos, the HONOR online store hihonor.com, Amazon, AO, Very.co.uk and John Lewis. It is currently in stock in Amazon UK.

AI 2.0 Camera

Featuring a 24MP + 16MP rear camera
· The Honor 10 24MP+16MP dual AI camera recognises 500+ scenarios in 22 categories in real time
· It can pinpoint the outlines of various surrounding objects, like the sky, plants, people or even a waterfall, and identify their locations instantly
· This feature is supported by industry-first Semantic Image Segmentation technology, which allows the Honor 10 to identify multiple objects in one single image. These industry-first Honor 10 features apply scene-specific parameters to each photo in real time when taking a picture, making every photo you take a professional shot with just one click

24MP front camera
· The Honor 10’s 24MP front camera is your intelligent selfie companion. It supports 3D face recognition, optimises facial details and detects over a hundred facial points to pixel-level accuracy
· The Honor 10 front camera also supports studio lighting effects with a range of lighting conditions
· The advanced and precise facial recognition ensures an accurate bokeh, and captures subtle features of everyone’s face, even in a ‘groufie’ shot

Below is my unboxing, first impressions, camera and more.

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Huawei P20 Pro Review after 6 weeks – using new firmware + 300+ Photos Camera Showcase

I have now had the Huawei P20 Pro for nearly 6 weeks and have used it every day as my main device. I have waited patiently before completing this review to make sure I covered off everything I could along with any tips and tricks along the way.

In the box you get the following –

– The phone itself, the Huawei P20 Pro
– The battery is built in, all 4,000mAh
– High current charger for super fast charging
– USB Type-CTM digital headset
– Warranty card
– Quick start guide
– A protective case – ideal so you don’t scratch phone within minutes of opening box by accident
– USB Type-CTM to 3.5mm headphone adapter
– Eject tool

The Huawei P20 Pro rear cameras feature a co-engineered Leica Triple Camera New AI-assisted camera system. The 3 lenses are as follows. A 40mp RGB sensor. a 20mp monochrome sensor and a 8mp zoom sensor. The P20 Pro can do 3 x optical zoom and up to 5 x lossless zoom.

– The front camera is 24mp.
– A huge 4,000mAh battery.
– 6gb ram & 128gb storage
– 6.1 inch full vision OLED display.
– Bluetooth codecs APTX, APTX HD , LDAC , HWA

As you will from my main video review below, I comment on audio, bluetooth, camera, speakers, more tips and tricks, new changes with the firmware and include a 300 plus photos camera showcase, in date order including photos from the new firmware.

DxOmark scored the Huawei P20 Pro and overall score of 109 points, which is 10 points clear of any other current flagship phone. And in my testing the versatility and quality of the final product confirms this point. It is also going to be exciting to see what future firmware updates can do to improve the camera quality.

Main Review

Additional Huawei P20 Pro content.

In addition to my main review, I have posted the following articles and videos.

Huawei P20 Pro – Shooting at Night – Its a Beast – Auto vs Night vs Pro mode

Huawei P20 Pro – How to increase the front camera video from 720p to 1080p

Huawei P20 Pro – first analysis of camera plus Adobe Lightroom edited versions

Huawei P20 Pro – What’s in the box? Details of everything included

Huawei P20 Pro – The Photographers Dream Smartphone

Views from the Summit of Staple Tor

Exeter Guildhall – The Medieval Grade 1 Building

Exeter Cathedral – The Architectural Gothic Masterpiece

Bristol City Centre in monochrome and colour

Landhydrock House – One of National’s Trust Best Houses

Below are all the Huawei P20 Pro videos

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Latest pricing on Huawei P20 Pro, cases & accessories on Amazon UK

Huawei P20 Pro – All 16 Articles published in one post from camera, audio, first impressions and a lot more

In about a weeks time, my main review of the Huawei P20 Pro will be live. In the meantime, catch up on all the information I have published on the P20 Pro along with some incredible photos.

Huawei P20 Pro First Impressions Camera and Audio plus my Top 10 Tips and Tricks

Huawei P20 Pro – Shooting at Night – Its a Beast – Auto vs Night vs Pro mode

Huawei P20 Pro Camera Review – Every mode tested

Huawei P20 Pro Audio Review & comparison with Samsung S9+, iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL

Huawei P20 Pro – Top Cases Reviewed

Huawei P20 Pro – How to increase the front camera video from 720p to 1080p

Huawei P20 Pro – first analysis of camera plus Adobe Lightroom edited versions

Huawei P20 Pro – What’s in the box? Details of everything included

Huawei P20 Pro – The Photographers Dream Smartphone

Huawei P20 Pro Camera Showcases

Epic Camera Showcase featuring over 190 photos from major tourist attractions

Views from the Summit of Staple Tor

Spring Flowers shot using AI – Spectacular!

Exeter Guildhall – The Medieval Grade 1 Building

Exeter Cathedral – The Architectural Gothic Masterpiece

Bristol City Centre in monochrome and colour

Landhydrock House – One of National’s Trust Best Houses

Views from the summit of Staple Tor – One of the highest points on Dartmoor National Park – Shot on the Huawei P20 Pro

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

Walking uphill to Staple Tor, the weather didn’t look too clever. Unfortunately, my 4 labradors, George, Fury, Tiggy and Sophie don’t quite understand or care if it rains 🙂

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

At the start of the walk, it was a mixture of strong winds, the odd blast of sun and spits of rain. In fact hail stones had fallen 5 minutes before the start of the walk.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

From a distance, Staple Tor is difficult to distinguish all its features. There are three parts to Staple Tors – Little, Mid and Great. Great Staple Tor is famous for its towers of granite blocks that perch on each other creating unusual shapes. Little Staple Tor has an extensive clitter field. The Staple Tors together with Roos Tor form a chain of tors that stand proud on the west side of the Walkham valley.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

From the summit you have stunning views across Dartmoor National Park.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

In the distance, you can see North Hessary mast.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

Staple Tor is one of the largest Tors on Dartmoor as well as one of the highest. These naturally formed granite stones are incredible to see.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

My 4 dogs love the granite rocks, exploring and jumping over and around them.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

The views are stunning from Staple Tor, but you do have to watch out for flying red flags, as you can see in the distance. This means the army is practising manoeuvres using live ammunition. Therefore, you are not allowed to pass beyond this point.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

There is a published timetable of when the army will be carrying out its activities, so it is possible to walk beyond and into the danger zone.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

After walking downhill, its time to cool off. Well for my 4 dogs.

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

Views from the summit of Staple Tors #dartmoor #huaweip20pro

Staple Tor is definitely one place worth a visit if you are travelling to Dartmoor National Park. Photos shot using a Huawei P20 Pro smartphone.

A Tour of Bristol’s architectural highlights – Shot on the Huawei P20 Pro in black & white

Bristol is full of architectural delights. From the Grand Hotel above in Broad Street to some spectacular buildings in Corn Street.

But it’s not just Corn or Broad Street that holds some architectural gems. Walking around the City centre reveals more great places.

A short walk down to the canal reveals even more buildings.

All these photos were shot on the Huawei P20 Pro using its dedicated monochrome mode.

The above are just a snapshot into the architecture of Bristol city centre.