The Camera Performance Of Cherry Mobile Flare Mate In Actual Usage

As of today, Cherry Mobile's Flare Mate is my personal favorite among the plethora of their devices. Why? This phone is the sleekest looking, has long battery life, good large display for viewing and good security features. Not only that, the one that strikes me most among all its good traits is its cameras that deserves to be explored.
Cherry Mobile Flare Mate camera
Cherry Mobile Flare Mate camera

Disclaimer: This seed unit was provided by Cherry Mobile for an honest review

Camera specs and features

Let's go to the basics first. The Flare Mate houses a 16 MP Pure Cell Sensor that has f/2.0 aperture w/ 1/3.06 inch size, PDAF (Phase Detection autofocus), EIS (Stabilization), BSI and LED flash. In front, there's a 5 MP f/2.2 BSI w/ wide angle lens and LED flash. On paper, it's a pretty loaded one. 

The default camera app comes in the form of a stock Android camera with various filters and options that most are familiar with. It also has a feature where-in you'll be able to follow a subject you hold the focus on it.

Camera Performance

In real life usage, we saw some potential with the way the cameras of this phone performed.

The rear camera takes high quality photos, nice color accuracy and nice attention to details with less digital noise. It can also take closer than  macro shots and produces good blur / bokeh in the background. There's just a bit of over-sharpening and tendency to be a little underexposed at times, but that doesn't remove the fact that it's a great main camera as a whole.

The focus speed is actually fast, has less than a second shutter speed, good HDR capability that's faster compared with most Cherry phones, comes with minimized blur in shots and was fairly decent in low-light. Yes, there's still noise in conditions that aren't that well lit, but it's totally bearable. In that condition, we suggest to use its single LED yet strong flash.

The selfie camera on the other hand was one of their best front facing camera implementation yet. It's wide angled, can take sharp enough photos and really acceptable as a whole. Of course there are struggles in low light environment, but at least is has a better and stronger flash than Flare Selfie that enables you to take better photos in the dark.

Rear Camera Samples

Normal daylight shot
Normal daylight shot
Good attention to details visible here
Good attention to details visible here
My liempo looks darker here
My liempo looks darker here
We tested its macro shot for the first time
We tested its macro shot for the first time
White light overexposed the sides of the subject
Takes very good macros with good background blur
On certain conditions like this, it takes very good macros with good background blur
Normal vs HDR
Normal vs HDR
HDR overexposes, but makes the details shine better
The half face of Jesus inside the underground river
The half face of Jesus inside the underground river
Tested the flash here
Tested the flash here

Selfie Camera Samples

It takes great wide angled selfies in daylight
It takes great wide angled selfies in daylight
No flash vs with flash
No flash vs with flash

Video Samples




Verdict

According to my eyes, this is the most enjoyable Cherry Mobile camera phone experience that I was able to test yet. It takes decent photos that's pretty articulate, good enough to be a main camera phone in the sub-10K Pesos range. Again, the camera app could be better, but hey this is still their best implementation yet. Good job as a whole.
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