Honor Magic Vs test: a folding smartphone that knows how to convince

Honor’s Magic Vs adopts three rear photo modules. The wide-angle is 54 megapixels (Sony IMX800) and its ultra wide-angle 50 Mpx. Both allow you to take shots at their full definition. An 8 Mpx sensor with x3 telephoto lens, optically stabilized, completes the whole thing.

Main module: 54 Mpx, f/1.9, eq. 27mm

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Honor Magic Vs (13,5 Mpx, f/1,9, éq. 27 mm, 1/20 s)

If it enjoys good brightness, the Honor Magic Vs builds a slightly too high microcontrast. By wanting too much detail, everything is somewhat crushed and can form blocks in certain corners of the image. By day, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 does a little better.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Honor Magic Vs (13,5 Mpx, f/1,9, éq. 27 mm, 1/100 s)

At night, the specific software processing takes on its full meaning: the shot is much more pleasant than that captured by the South Korean. The exposure is very good, as is the sharpness. The image is hardly smoothed and digital noise is virtually absent.

Mode 54 Mpx

Mode 54 Mpx nuit, crop 100 %

Mode 54 Mpx jour, crop 100 %

Full resolution doesn’t often work miracles, but when it does, it’s worth pointing out. During the day, the switch to 54 Mpx allows a much more detailed shot that does not suffer from excessively accentuated microcontrasts. On the other hand, in low light, it is better to stick to the default definition (13.5 Mpx).

Ultra wide-angle module: 50 Mpx, f/2, eq. 13mm

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12 Mpx, éq. 12 mm, f/2,2, ISO 40, 1/50 s)

Honor Magic Vs (12,5 Mpx, éq. 13 mm, f/2, 1/100 s)

The ultra wide-angle delivers a decent result overall. Again, exposure is very good, as is accurate color rendition. Unfortunately, we notice the appearance of a slightly blurred veil over the entire surface of the scene. This has the effect of erasing certain details.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12 Mpx, éq. 12 mm, f/2,2, ISO 2500, 1/17 s)

Honor Magic Vs (12,5 Mpx, éq. 13 mm, f/2, 1/10 s)

At night, the observation is quite different since the snapshot is not really usable, the same for the image captured by the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

Mode 50 Mpx

Mode 50 Mpx nuit, crop 100 %

Mode 50 Mpx jour, crop 100 %

On its ultra wide-angle module, the Magic Vs can also use the full definition of its sensor. This does not pay more homage to it and does not correct the problems encountered with the default definition (12.5 Mpx). However, smartphones using the full definition of the sensor on ultra wide-angle are still rare. We therefore salute Honor for offering this possibility.

Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, eq. 81mm

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (10 Mpx, f/2,4, ISO 25, 1/50 s)

Honor Magic Vs (8 Mpx, f/2,4, éq. 81 mm, 1/100 s)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (10 Mpx, f/1,8, ISO 1000, 1/25 s)

Honor Magic Vs (8 Mpx, f/2,4, éq. 81 mm, 1/15 s)

Day and night, the telephoto lens suffers from a blurring effect that “veils” the image. In bright light, details are erased despite flattering colorimetry and correct exposure. At night, the picture is not really usable.

Front module, portrait and video mode

At the front, Honor has equipped its Magic Vs with a 16 Mpx module. Far from working miracles, it offers somewhat dull shots. Nevertheless, these have a good level of sharpness and should be more than enough.

A portrait mode is available with the front and rear modules. With one or the other, the clipping is not really convincing. With the front module, the device does not manage to completely cut out a target and stumbles on objects, such as glasses or a helmet. The rear module works a little better, but still stumbles on hair, sometimes even fingers.

In video, the smartphone can film in 4K at 30 or 60 fps in 10 bits. The optical stabilization available on the telephoto module will greatly limit shaking. For the other two, it will be necessary to be satisfied with an electronic stabilization.

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