The thing with most budget smartphones is that they tend to skip on a few features here and there. You may end up with an affordable device, but you'll have to compromise on one thing or the other.
Tecno, a global smartphone brand, understands this, and has been shipping power-packed smartphones that are high on features, and low on prices. The company's latest camera smartphone in India, the Tecno Camon 16, offers a great set of features at a price that's just too good.
Segment-leading camera setup
Simply said, the new Tecno Camon 16 is a camera-focussed smartphone with a powerful set of internals. The phone has also managed to win a set of world-class awards. Tecno Camon 16 comes with a flagship-level 64-megapixel ultra-quad AI camera setup. The camera promises a clear photography experience in its segment.
When I tried the phone, the camera UI seemed extremely user friendly, and offered a variety of useful options to choose from. Focussing on objects was relatively quicker, and I was able to capture some pretty amazing photos with this phone.
Besides the powerful 64-megapixel primary camera sensor, the Tecno Camon also comes with a 2-megapixel depth control lens, a 2-megapixel macro shot lens, AI lens, and a penta flash to capture better photos under low-light conditions.
Shoot beautiful and clearer photos
The 64-megapixel ultra quad-camera setup on the Tecno Camon 16 will let you capture stunning photos that are ultra-clear, and perfect for capturing all your precious moments. The company's in-house image processing and enhancement solution called TAIVOS can optimise your photos and videos for the best possible quality.
The amazing 64-megapixel primary camera setup helped me capture some stunning, clear photos. The AI-based camera features in the Tecno Camon 16 added that extra spark that was missing from my relatively lower photography skills, and make all my photos shine on my social media feeds.
Great portrait mode photos, even in the dark
You can also capture great portrait mode photos in the dark, thanks to the company's new and improved Super Night Mode V2.0 powered by TAIVOS. The new system can capture great details in extremely dark conditions for a more professional-looking portrait shot.
I've taken portrait mode photos before, but I've always been scared of using it in the dark. With the Tecno Camon 16, I was able to capture excellent portrait mode photos in low-light conditions without any complications. It's going to make my life a lot more easier now.
Now you don't have to worry about lighting conditions while capturing your loved ones' portraits, thanks to the new Tecno Camon 16. Portraits now appear more refined, and come in vivid colours using the new Super Night 2.0 mode.
Eye Auto Focus technology
With Eye Focus, the camera lens can focus on your eyes to deliver different angles of your face, while you're running or moving. Eye auto focus is a feature you won't find on smartphones in this segment. The technology makes it possible to shoot some amazing photos, while letting you be the star of the show.
Powerful AI-based beautification features
The new AI beautification features in the Tecno Camon 16 are based on the company's research and development team's database of dark-skin study. The new face recognition and bokeh algorithms can adapt themselves to darker skin, offering q more customizable beautification experience. Apart from face beauty, it also offers AI body-shaping features to get a perfect body shape.
Low-light photos look better now
The new YUV Super Night mode in the Tecno Camon 16 lets you capture bright and clear photos in the dark. The next time you're on a vacation, you'll be able to capture those evening shots perfectly well, thanks to the new and improved dark mode features. Talking about vacations, the 10x zoom in the Tecno Camon 16 lets you capture farther objects with ease.
I was able to capture some great photos at night using the Tecno Camon 16. Considering how I'm now working from my home, taking photos indoors where lighting conditions are not appropriate has been an issue for me all this while. Now, I don't have to worry about it at all.
Super videos to elevate your social media profiles
Apart from photos, the Tecno Camon 16 is perfect for shooting great videos as well. The new short video mode lets you capture stunning videos that everyone will love on your social media feeds. The camera lets you capture high-quality videos in 2K quality and also offers slow-motion videos, at 120 frames and 240 frames per second. You can unleash your creativity with this feature, making you an instant star on social media.
Tecno Camon 16 also supports AI Beautification 4.0 while recording videos so that you always end up looking gorgeous no matter where you go. You can also blur the background while recording videos, adding a movie-like experience to your personal videos. My videos now look so good, everyone keeps asking me the secret behind it.
The 16-megapixel front camera is perfect for all your selfies
It also supports the company's Eye Auto Focus technology and comes with a dual front flash system so that you can shoot great selfies in the dark. You can also capture videos in 2K QHD resolution using the selfie camera, and apply bokeh effects and beauty filters to your videos.
A big, immersive display
To enjoy all your favourite content, the Tecno Camon 16 offers a beautiful 6.8-inch HD+ display with a punch-hole design. It's bright, wide, and clearer, letting you watch your favourite TV shows and movies, play games, and do everything in an immersive experience.
Watching videos on the Tecno Camon 16 was a pleasant experience. I was able to binge-watch my favourite TV shows and movies for hours, and I loved every minute of it, thanks to the large and immersive display.
The phone is powered by the MTK G70 chipset which comes with a Neuro Pilot AI engine, Mali-G52 GPU, and is based on a 12nm process. What does all this mean? Well, it means that the Tecno Camon 16 is powerful enough to handle everything from complex AI-powered smartphone photography to running all your favourite mobile games on the go.
The software experience is great too. Tecno Camon 16 comes with Android 10-based HiOS 7.0 which is efficient, and promises a great everyday user experience. Browsing and running apps is smoother than ever, and there's nothing to slow you down.
Running apps and mobile games was an extremely smooth experience on the Tecno Camon 16. The phone is powerful enough to handle just about anything you throw at it.
An all-day battery life
Tecno Camon 16 comes with a large 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. This means you can easily use the smartphone for an entire day without worrying about losing battery power. With support for fast charging, you can quickly charge the phone's battery, and get going. I was able to squeeze a full day's worth of usage from the Tecno Camon 16.
So what are you waiting for? Switch to the Tecno Camon 16 this year, and feel the difference. The phone is priced at Rs. 10,999 in India for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant.