Nokia 6 vs Moto G5 Plus vs Honor 6X: Honest Camera Review | User Review

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A couple of weeks back, we did two comprehensive comparisons between Nokia 6 and three other smartphones – Moto G5 Plus, Redmi Note 4, and Coolpad Cool 1. Now, our readers have requested us to compare the camera of Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus with the Honor 6X.

Please note that Honor 6X and Moto G5 Plus come with quite a few camera features; whereas the Nokia 6 doesn’t. So, we will be comparing the actual camera quality and won’t be going in any Pro mode or any dedicated photo modes like ‘Night Mode’ or ‘Portrait Mode’. 

Before we start, have a look on the camera specifications of the trio.

Name Primary Secondary
Nokia 6 16MP, F/2.0, Dual LED Flash 8MP
Moto G5 Plus 12MP, F/1.7, Dual LED Flash 5MP
Huawei Honor 6X Dual 12+2MP, Dual LED Flash 8MP

I know it’s not exactly fair to compare the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus with the Honor 6X because the latter has a dual camera setup. But since the trio falls under the similar price range, I think it is worth comparing them. Anyway, without wasting anymore time, let’s get started.

Daylight Images | Nokia 6 vs Moto G5 Plus vs Honor 6X camera comparison

Daylight images taken from all these phones appear to be pretty good, but when you zoom in, you’ll notice the differences. Huge differences, if I might add.

Among the three, the Honor 6X and Moto G5 Plus produce impressive images. Even after zooming in 100 percent, you can easily see each and every object inside the image. There’s no sign of blurriness or noise, either. Both the handsets captures realistic colors and scenery, though the G5 Plus produces punchier images.

Coming to the Nokia 6, it also produces good images, but not better than the Honor 6X and Moto G5 Plus. Zooming in on the image 100 percent brings up noise and objects aren’t clearly visible.



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Depth of Field (Bokeh Effect)

Many people love bokeh effect. Those who don’t have a smartphone that offer this functionality, use some applications to blur the background. So, how these three smartphones perform when it comes to the depth of field?

In this section, the Moto G5 Plus takes a lead. It blurs the background with focusing on the primary object. Though the color accuracy isn’t better than the Honor 6X.

Next in the line comes Honor 6X which beats Nokia 6 at some aspects, precisely color accuracy. Rest, both produce almost similar bokeh effect.

Having said that, remember I told you that the 6X has dual cameras, and they can be used for this feature with a dedicated portrait mode.


In our previous camera comparison article, the Moto G5 Plus was the winner in terms of sharpness, but this time around, the crown goes to the Honor 6X.

The Honor 6X maintains amazing sharpness in its images. If we talk about the Moto G5 Plus, its sharpness is also very good and meets the expectation of every user.

Coming to the Nokia 6, it stands at the third position among. After doing several camera comparisons of the Nokia 6, one thing I have noticed that it smoothens every image which isn’t good at all.


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HDR Mode

Most of the smartphones come with the HDR functionality, but very few people know what exactly HDR does. In the HDR mode, your camera processes the image in order to reproduce better details from dark and bright areas in the photo. HDR is basically used to capture both dark and bright areas simultaneously by stitching two or more images. For example, if you are clicking the photo of a sunset, only the sky would look bright. Rest objects would look dark and noisy. But if you enable the HDR mode, your camera will work on the detail of sky as well as land.

Starting with Nokia 6, the handset’s HDR mode is “okay”. The bright part in the photo is very good but the phone lacks at dark part. Sharpness and details are also gone.

Coming to the Honor 6X, its image is better than the Nokia 6. Both the bright and dark part is visible however, the dark part’s visibility is not better than the Moto G5 Plus.

And finally comes the Moto G5 Plus, whose image is far better than the Honor 6X and Nokia 6. Both the light and dark part are clearly visible. The handset maintains impressive sharpness and objects in the image are also clearly visible.

Low-Light Images (without flash)

Low-light photography is something which not many smartphones have perfected, and yet, consumers want this from their phone.

Bringing the best among them first, the Honor 6X outperforms Moto G5 Plus and Nokia 6 with flying colors. The white balance is very good. There is very less noise in the low-light image produced by Honor which makes the images look pretty good. Objects are clearly visible as well.

Coming to the Moto G5 Plus and Nokia 6, they produce more or less similar images. I couldn’t find any distinguishable difference except the noise. The Moto G5 Plus has less noise than the Nokia 6. Objects in the photo clicked by the G5 Plus are little bit clearer than the Nokia 6.


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Low-Light Images (with flash)

In the previous section, the Honor 6X took a lead but in this section, the Moto G5 Plus stands at the first position. It produces amazing low light photos with flash. The primary object in the photo look pretty good and the color accuracy wins my heart. The background is also very clear and has almost no noise if compared to other two phones.

Coming to the Honor 6X, it doesn’t meet the expectations as it falls behind the Moto G5 Plus. Its low light photos with flash is good but not better than the Moto G5 Plus. There is some noise and it lacks at color accuracy.

And finally comes the Nokia 6 which can be easily said “worst” among them. Only the primary object is visible and rest objects are blurred. It lacks at color accuracy and fails at producing ‘details’. The background of the image is barely visible.

Front Camera

And here comes the most important part, at least for today’s generation. The trio falls under mid-range price segment so I am expecting them to be good at clicking selfie. Let’s find out how they perform.

Talking about the best among them first, this is the only section in which the Nokia 6 outperforms others. It produces amazing selfies. Color accuracy and white balance are very good. Because I took the selfie against light, images were expected to be over exposed but the Nokia 6 did well. The background is clear and there is no sign of noise even after zooming it to 100 percent.

Next is the Honor 6X which also produces good selfies. Unfortunately, it has too much exposure in the background but rest things are similar to the Nokia 6. Coming to the Moto G5 Plus, it stands at number 3. The selfie looks ‘okay’ but when you zoom in, you’ll feel a lot of noise. It also has exposure issues.


While camera quality is a subjective matter, it’s interesting to stack up these mid-range phones to see which one performs the best. First thing I would like to tell you that the Honor 6X and Moto G5 Plus have “advance camera features” that can be tweaked to produce even better images; whereas there is no such feature available in the Nokia 6. So, we used the normal mode to compare the quality.

The Honor 6X with its dual cameras certainly seems to offer the best output across situations. It’s being followed by the Moto G5 Plus which has some impressive specifications such as dual-pixel autofocus tech. Sadly, Nokia 6 fares rather poorly in this comparison. Don’t get us wrong – it delivers decent quality, but won’t be referred to as the best camera phone in its price segment.


1 Comment
  1. Jaap says

    Actually, I’m not at all impressed by the colours. Yesterdays I’ve made a comparison between the iPad Air, a LG G2 mini (D620), my photo camera (Canon) and the motorola G5 Plus.
    The colours of the Canon are the closest to the reality, the colours of the G5 Plus the least correct

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