Tecno Camon 16s, A comprehensive review

Tecno Camon 16s

Tecno Camon 16s is a shillings 17 thousand budget phone that is being marketed as highly superior on camera technology. Looking at the pictures posted on its official website as pictures taken by the phone, one is left wondering whether those pictures were indeed taken by a Tecno Camon 16s or they are some DSLR professional photos being passed as smartphone photos. That thought isn’t far fetched as a while back Huawei was bursted as presenting a DSLR photo as a photo taken by an Huawei smartphone. Take a look at this picture as an example.

An image taken by Tecno Camon 16s

Usually I’d dismiss any allegations that such a picture has been taken by a smartphone, let alone a low budget smartphone. But over the past 5 or so years smartphone photography has advanced so much so that it has become almost impossible to distinguish between photos taken by professional DSLR cameras and those taken by standard smartphones, particularly if the smartphone photo has been taken by a professional photographer.

The exquisite photos by Tecno Camon 16s, and basically any recent Tecno smartphone, are photos mainly taken at night or in low light conditions. These photos are probably the best night mode smartphone pictures in the market today, largely thanks to TIAVOS, a dedicated microprocessor that works together with AI algorithms to enhance night-time photography. If taking pictures is what turns you on, then Tecno Camon 16s is your go to device.

The Camon 16s comes with a 48-megapixel quad-camera setup, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an adjustable dual flash and a quad-camera formation at the back of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and an AI lens, all designed to bring you an ultra-clear photography experience.

The Tecno Camon 16S cameras are powered by Tecno’s image processing and lab enhancement, TAIVOS (Tecno AI Vision Optimization Solution) system. Other features in the camera include a Penta-LED flash unit, 10x hybrid zoom, super night mode, 120ps slow-motion video shooting, video beauty, video bokeh, Animoji, portrait AI scene recognition that supports 5 customizable scenes (human, flower, food, pet, and street) and AI-powered beautification 3.0 which helps to offer best matching effects according to its precise analysis.

Other prominent features of the Tecno Camon 16s include the 4 GB RAM, which of course is today the minimum amount of RAM anyone would want on any decently functioning device. The RAM works together with the 2.0 GHz MediaTek Helio P35 processor that should allow you to play a plethora of games including your favorite fortnine or duty call.

The device itself is packed on a 164.5mm by 76.5mm by 95mm plastic body that is has this black to green gradient glossy finish. The totality of the device is to be experienced on the 6.6 inches IPS LCD screen that has a 720 x 1640 pixels resolution – still shy from the today’s minimum 1080p resolution but for cost cutting the 720p will still do.

Specs Summary

Dimensions164.7 × 76.3 x 8.95 mm
Display720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio
CameraSingle – 8 MP, (wide), f/2.0
Main camera: Quad 48 MP (wide), f/1.79, 1.6µm, PDAF 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth) 0.3 MP (AI)
ProcessorMediatek MT6762 Helio P22
Memory4GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD)
SoftwareAndroid 10, HIOS 6.0
BatteryLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
Network3G, 4G
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, microUSB
Colour optionsIce Jadeite, Misty Gray, Blue Hawaii
PriceKenya Shillings 17,699


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