The Micromax Canvas 5 is the latest addition to Micromax’s Canvas line of smartphones. Announced at INR 11,999, the phone is pitched towards the budget-smartphone market; and as we pointed out in our Galaxy On7 camera review, this space now observes stiff competition from competitors amass. Does the Canvas 5 hold its own against these phones? Let’s find out.

Micromax Canvas 5 Camera Hardware

To get the specifications out of the way, the Canvas 5 has a 13MP camera on the rear and a 5MP camera up front. Upon further analysis, we found that the image sensor is a Samsung 3M2 unit. The phone also supports Phase Detection Autofocus. While the rear camera does sport a standard LED, the front facing camera packs one as well, making it easier for you to click pictures in dimly-lit situations.

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Micromax Canvas 5 Camera Software

Micromax brings its proprietary camera UI to its Canvas 5 that resembles the design language of previous generations of Samsung and LG smartphones. The shutter button is flanked by a camcorder button to start recording video and a shortcut to the gallery(indicated by a thumbnail of the most recently picture). To the opposite side are four buttons for settings, shooting mode, flash and toggling between front and rear cameras. The settings icon houses shutter triggers(smile shutter and touch shutter), geo-tagging, shutter sound, self timer, grid-overlays, shutter delay and options to select the size and quality of the output along with an option to restore defaults.

The shooting modes present here are titled Normal, Professional, Panorama, Face Beauty, HDR, Night, Sports and DualView; each being indicative of its function. Our verdict here is that the UI is functionally sound and satisfactory overall but lacks any form of novelty.

Micromax Canvas 5 Camera Samples

Micromax Canvas 5 Camera Performance

The cameras on the Canvas 5 are admirable performers. Colour accuracy was on-point and so was the focus. Focus times are certainly helped with the inclusion of Phase Detection Autofocus. The one area where the Canvas 5 does underperform is when there are challenging light sources(the picture of the tree); but, to be fair, all phones suffer from this problem. The front-facing camera is a solid performed too-preserving skin tones perfectly well.

For the price this phone is offered, we are pleased with the performance of the Canvas 5’s camera. It isn’t better than other competitors in any regard(other than the fact that the front camera is supported by an LED) but it isn’t worse than them either. You will be a happy customer do decide to pick this one up.

Conclusion

The Micromax Canvas 5 camera is a solid performer, rounding off every corner in a well balanced way. The lighting scenarios we threw at it were handled well by the camera with natural, true-to-life shots being produced nearly every time. The cameras present on this phone are sure to not let you down or fall behind the pack when compared to other smartphones in this price range. Let us know what you think of the Canvas 5’s camera performance in the comments bellow.

Key SpecsSamsung Galaxy On
Display5 inches TFT
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad-Core
ChipsetExynos 3475
Memory1.5 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 8 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera8 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 2600 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight149 gms
Price INR 8,990