The Gionee S10L is a mid-range model in Chinese manufacturer Gionee’s expansive smartphone lineup and is predominantly aimed at the domestic market. The device is powered by Mediatek’s Snapdragon 625-rival Helio P25 and 6GB of RAM, offering plenty of processing power at an affordable price point. The chipset also supports dual-camera setups, and in the camera department, the S10L combines a 16Mp main camera with an f/1.8-aperture lens and a secondary 8Mp sensor, allowing for a background blurring bokeh effect. A 5.5-inch 1080p display rounds out a specification sheet that appears to have plenty to offer to mobile photographers. Let’s see how the Gionee S10L shapes up in our DxOMark Mobile testing.
Key camera specifications of the UK used Gionee s10l:
- 16Mp / 8Mp dual-camera
- f/1.8-aperture lens
- 27mm equivalent focal length
- LED flash
- 1080p / 30 fps video
- Bokeh mode
Video of the Gionee s10l
At 57 points, the Gionee S10L’s Video score is notably lower than for Photo. In many respects, video image quality is quite similar to that of still images, with decent exposure and color — but also with low levels of detail and limited dynamic range. Noise is pretty well-controlled in bright light, but becomes more visible at lower light levels. We also observed some white balance casts in several different lighting conditions.
Video mode’s main problem is an autofocus system that does not feature continuous autofocus. The camera sets the focus at the start of recording, which means subjects end up out of focus if the distance between them and the camera changes. Autofocus can be triggered manually during recording, but it is quite slow and noticeably overshoots before locking on. In addition, inefficient image stabilization means footage tends to be shaky when shooting handheld or while walking. At 25fps, frame rates are slightly lower than usual in bright light, and go as low as 14 fps in low light; consequently, there’s a quite noticeable judder effect, especially when panning.
Autofocus of the Gionee s10l
When triggering the shutter fast, the S10L’s autofocus is a little imprecise in all light conditions, with some variance in acutance between shots. This said the autofocus achieves very good results when given time. The graph below shows that the autofocus works very accurately and consistently in low light (20 Lux) when given about two seconds to lock on. If you trigger the shutter sooner than that, however, results are much more unpredictable.
The Gionee S10L’s images generally show good target exposure, but in challenging high-contrast conditions, it’s obvious that the dynamic range is a little limited. In our sample below, you can see that detail is lost in both the highlight and shadow areas of the frame. However, this is partly due to the Gionee not activating its Auto HDR by default. The Apple iPhone 8 Plus, used for comparison here, activates Auto HDR by default and achieves a noticeably wider tonal range in this shot.
The Gionee S10L is a mid-range phone that can achieve decent still image results, with good exposure and pleasant color, in the right conditions. Things get a little more difficult in more challenging situations, however. Dynamic range is quite limited, resulting in a loss of highlight and shadow detail in high-contrast scenes, and its generally quite low levels of detail are reduced further in dim light conditions. Despite featuring a dual-camera setup, the Gionee’s bokeh mode results are quite disappointing, with very poor subject isolation and unnaturally strong blur.
Video mode is best suited to fairly static scenes — and ideally, tripod-mounted shooting, as the camera does not offer continuous autofocus and image stabilization is quite inefficient. It would be foolish to expect a mid-range device like the Gionee S10L to perform on the same level as high-end devices from Apple, Samsung, or Huawei; however, based on camera performance alone, the S10L could have a tough time competing with some strong rivals in the mid-range bracket of the smartphone market.
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