ZTE Grand X Plus Z826 Smartphone Review - Camera Testing and More

Article Index
ZTE Grand X Plus Z826 Smartphone Review
Features and Specifications
General Usage
Camera Testing and More
Battery Life, Calling and More
Final Thoughts

Camera Testing:

The camera on the ZTE Grand X Plus sounds pretty mainstream - but that’s not a bad thing at all. With an 8MP rear facing camera and a 2MP "selfie" camera, it should get the job done. My current device is a Nexus 5 and while I won’t do a ton of side-by-side comparison shots, I will draw some comparisons and try for a few comparison shots just for kicks. In all of these tests, you have to keep in mind that the ZTE device costs half that of the Nexus 5, so we really can’t expect everything to score equally - or can we?

The ZTE camera has a built-in 4x digital zoom that degrades the image quality - just like every other digital zoom. The only reason to use it is if you HAVE to, but it’s not recommended.

Camera Mode Camera Settings
   
Camera Filters Recording

 

The ZTE default camera app (in manual mode) allows you to adjust exposure metering, ISO sensitivity, white balance, exposure value, contrast, saturation and sharpness. You also have HDR mode, group shots, panorama, blink and smile detection, intervals and more. It looks to be quite robust and ZTE gives you a lot of options to choose from; in addition to a bunch of filters that work with both video and still image modes.

Please check out the images below and see how they looks when zoomed 1:1. The images you click on will open full-size in a new window.

Big Truck
Big Truck

Tiny People
Tiny People

 


Nexus 5 vs ZTE Grand X Plus
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Nexus 5 vs ZTE Grand X Plus
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Frosty
Frosty Hoar

Frosty
Frosty Chain

 

 

Panorama
In Camera Panorama

 

(HDR Off/On Sample)

 

Please check out more images and some direct comparsions over here on Google+.

 

As far as video goes, the ZTE Grand X Plus is a very basic shooter. It has the ability to use filters, but resolution is limited to a maximum of 1080p and the fastest framerate is 30fps. It’s not bad by all means, but it’s not a crazy video-phone. For amazing video options, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the iPhone 6 are pretty incredible.

 

On the next page, we’ll touch briefly on a few other tidbits and then post up our conclusion.