Blu Studio 5.0 II – Camera Review
- Adequate daylight photos
- Poor low-light images
- Wobbly video
- Terrible front facing camera
Summary: The Blu Studio 5.0 II has a good camera for its price range, but compared to higher end phones it falls short.
Image Quality – Rear Camera
The 5.0 MP rear camera is a bit fiddly at times and has a slight purple hue, however the images it makes can be quite acceptable. Modes like HDR and Panorama often work better than my point and shoot camera. Unfortunately the image quality is has disappears in low light.
The phone is fast to take an image, but sometimes it is out of focus. The solution to that is using tap to focus before taking the image. Most of the time this works flawlessly though.
Unfortunately, being a slow lens, this phone camera requires steady hands on darker days. This pretty much requires a professional’s touch to get clear images and unfortunately makes the camera appear to perform better in lab testing than it does in the real world. Do note that for my examples I took the clearer images I have shot with this camera phone, and in reality the images I get are about 50/50 usable.
In reality this camera phone is capable of some pretty great images, so long as the lighting conditions are bright. But outside of that they quickly lose detail to noise reduction.
Image Quality – Front Camera
The front camera is bloody awful. Let this sample speak for itself.
The video from this camera is OK. It lacks detail and has the same purple hue as the photos. Motion becomes blurry but it doesn’t suffer from compression blocks. It isn’t something I’d go out of the way to use all the time, but it is acceptable for casual use.