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TECNO Camon 15 Premier Camera Review


One of the key features Tecno Mobile was making so much noise about when it first started sending out teasers of their new device, the Tecno Camon 15, was the camera. 

The company launched two devices locally, the Camon 15 (Review) and the Camon 15 Premier or Camon 15 Pro as it is being referred to in other markets. There’s also the Camon 15 Air which has not hit the local market yet. 

The Camon 15 Premier is selling at Ksh.27,000 and features a 6.6-inch display,  a non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage that can be extended with a microSD card. You can check out the specs sheet here

The camera is what we will be covering mostly in this article. 

The Tecno Camon 15 Premier features a quad-camera including 64 MP (wide) + 5 MP (ultrawide) + 2 MP (depth) + QVGA cameras. This is the biggest camera we have seen in any Tecno phone. 

The front camera, on the other hand, has a Motorized pop-up 32 MP sensor. I need to mention that the main camera features Quad-LED flash, panorama, and HDR. 

The 64MP is a Sony IMX686 sensor and according to a statement from TECNO’s local office sent to us a few weeks ago, the TECNO Camon 15 will be the first phone in Africa to run on the SONY chip, ”……a great breakthrough for the smartphone industry in Africa” the statement reads. But how really does this camera perform?

Remember Sony launched the IMX686 camera sensor last year and promised us that it will hit smartphones in 2020. Some of the 64MP camera Phones with Sony IMX686 sensor include the Poco X2, Redmi K30 and the Vivo X30 Pro.

Tecno Camon 15 Premier Camera Features

The camera UI on the Tecno Camon 15 Premier has different modes including AI Cam, beauty, Bokeh, HDR, Super Night which is basically the Night Mode, Video and we also have the short video mode. 

Short video allows you to stake short videos of about 14 seconds. The camera settings has the usual features – location, watermark, picture size etc. 

Check sample photos below taken under different modes: (Click on the images to expand)

 

Selfie camera

As we mentioned earlier the selfie camera with face recognition. It’s a pop-up camera. Not sure why Tecno decided to go with a pop-up camera considering the questions that have always been asked about their reliability. 

But again, we like pop-up cameras because they allow for a high screen-to-body ratio with no need for a notch or a thick bezel to house the selfie camera. For those who are always worried about their privacy, pop-up cameras are always ideal because you won’t have the front-facing camera staring at you all the time. 

See sample selfie photos below: 

Overall, the Tecno Camon 15 takes some decent photos. The selfies are excellent and there’s nothing to really complain about other than the Night mode or super night mode which does really disappoint. 

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I write about tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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