Oukitel K8 Review

24 August 2018, 17:39:21

Oukitel K8 Review
You can buy a Oukitel K8 at a promotional price from Banggood or from Oukitel's official store on AliExpress. More information can be found on Oukitel's website

Primary camera

The primary shooter of Oukitel K8 packs a 13-megapixel Sony IMX135 Exmor RS image sensor. This type 1/3.06" sensor has been in rotation since 2013 and quite a number of smartphone model have adopted it for its main cameras ever since. In this model, it is paired with an f/2.0 lens. The photos are with a resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and it also shoots 1080p videos at 30 fps. Other smartphones that have opted for this sensor to power their primary cameras are the Elephone S3, Oukitel U20 Plus, Bluboo S8, Cubot X18, Oukitel K5000, Bluboo S8+, Oukitel U18, Ulefone X. The auxiliary rear camera is said to have a 2MP sensor. We suspect that it is either a GalaxyCore CG2035 or a GC2145 one. It is used only when the camera shoots in portrait mode and is responsible for creating the blurred background that is quite artificially applied to the image from the main camera. None of the cameras is interpolated. They are aided by a dual-LED flash.

Secondary camera

The front-facing camera is equipped with a 5-megapixel GalaxyCore GC5025 sensor and an f/2.8 lens. This 1/5" sensor takes photos with a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels and shoots 720p videos at 30 fps. It is used by the front cameras of the following smartphones we have reviewed: Oukitel K10000 Pro, Gretel GT6000, Doogee S30, Vernee Mix 2, Oukitel K7. This sensor is not interpolated as well.

Camera App

The Camera application is very simple and widely used in budget devices. At the bottom of the screen, there's a circular shutter button with a shortcut to the list of photos and videos to its left. Above it, there's a reel of the available shooting modes that include - Photo (default), Video, FaceBeauty, Blur, Mono, Panorama. Pro. The FaceBeauty mode offers one slider for the extent of the beautification effect. The Blur mode is the only case in which you can use the second rear camera and offers a slider with which you can adjust the degree of background blur. The Pro mode allows you to adjust the white balance, exposure and ISO. The small arrow that appears in the middle of the left edge of the screen opens a list of 12 filters. The top of the screen contains the flash options, camera switch and a shortcut to the camera settings. The camera settings include HDR shooting mode for both video and photo, and contain a simple set of options that differ depending on which mode you're on. The usual ones include photo/video resolution, location info, self-timer, anti-flicker, a microphone for the video, shutter sound, zero shutter delay, etc.
The interface for the front camera is almost exactly the same. The only difference is that it does not support Blur, Panorama and Pro modes. The default shooting mode for the selfie camera is the FaceBeauty one, which once again contains a slider for adjusting the extent to which the beautification effect is applied. The front camera also supports HDR for photo and video, accessible from the camera settings button. The settings are the same as the ones for the main camera and also contain a mirror feature.
Photos are reviewed and edited by using the pre-installed Google Photos apps. It allows you to add filters and effects, adjust the frame and position, saturation, brightness, contrast, etc. Google Lens is not included though it should be a default feature for this application.

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