Cubot King Kong 3 Review

16 November 2018, 13:27:03

Cubot King Kong 3 Review
Our review unit is courtesy of Cubot and you can buy it at a promotional price from Gearbest.

Primary camera

Cubot King Kong 3 features two rear cameras. The main one packs a 13-megapixel Sony IMX135 Exmor RS image sensor, interpolated to 16 megapixels. 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 a 5-element lens with an f/2.8 aperture. The photos are with a resolution of 4576 x 3432 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, Oukitel K8. The auxiliary rear camera has a VGA GalaxyCore GC0310 sensor, interpolated to 2 megapiels. It is used only when the camera shoots in blur mode. Actually, the blurred background is quite artificially applied to the image from the main camera. Shooting is aided by a dual 1.0A LED flash.

Secondary camera

The front-facing camera is equipped with an 8MP GalaxyCore GC8024 sensor, software interpolated to 13 megapixels. It has a 1/4" size and a 1.12μm pixel size and is coupled with a 4-element lens with an f/2.8 aperture. The camera takes photos with a resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and shoots 1080p videos at 30 fps. This sensor 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, Ulefone X, Oukitel WP2.

Camera App

The Camera application is the most basic one. The main button at the bottom's centre has a video recording and a shutter button. The shortcut to the list of images and videos is to their right and the camera settings are to the left. The various shooting modes are listed on the top of the screen and include - Photo (default), Beauty, Blur, Panorama. The arrow that appears in the centre of the left side opens the list of 12 filters. On the right-hand side of the screen, the HDR and flash options are displayed together with the camera switch.
The camera settings appear on a small layer over the main screen and have three tabs - general (GPS info, scene choice, exposure, white balance, image properties, anti-flicker, etc.), photo shooting (ISO, photo aspect ratio, photo resolution, face and scene detection, etc.) and video shooting (noise reduction, EIS, audio mode, video resolution, etc.).
The interface for the front camera is largely the same, however, not all modes are supported - only the Photo, Beauty and Video shooting are available. There are no flash settings, of course. The settings for the front shooter are exactly the same, only the available photo resolutions are different. The only app to open a photo is Google Photos. With it you can also edit images by adjusting the position, saturation, brightness, contrast, adding filters, etc. No Google Lens on this one, however.

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