Meizu’s newest M-series release is an entry-level smartphone designed to shoot better photos. The Meizu M6, announced just last month, is touted as a “selfie-centric” phone at a cheaper price point. It’s an improved version of the previously released M5. This update has better camera specs.

But, just how capable are the shooters on this thing? I took the Meizu M6 for a spin to figure that out.

This is the Meizu M6

It has a metallic back finish but the material is actually polycarbonate. This gives the phone a lighter feel.

Girl holding Meizu M6

The Meizu M6 comes in gold, black, blue, and silver (which is the unit we have here).

It has a 5.2-inch HD display

Meizu M6 front

A phone size that’s better fit for those with smaller hands!

An 8-megapixel camera up front

Meizu M6 top chin

Last year’s M5 only packed 5-megapixel sensors.

And a 13-megapixel shooter on the phone’s rear

Meizu M6 rear camera

Look, ma, no camera bump! It’s also equipped with a dual-tone flash.

Only one physical button on the bottom chin

Meizu M6 bottom chin button and fingerprint scanner

In true Meizu fashion, there are no buttons other than the home button equipped with a fingerprint scanner. Though some people may have an issue with this single-button setup, I assure you, it’s all a matter of getting used to.

The volume rocker and power buttons are on the right side

Meizu M6 volume rocker, power button

On the left, the hybrid SIM tray

Meizu M6 sim card tray

This phone accepts two SIM cards, with the second slot able to fit in a microSD card for added storage of up to 256GB.

The bottom of the phone houses a micro-USB port and speaker grilles

Meizu M6 speaker grilles microUSB port

On to the photos…

The M6’s cameras may not be the best shooters out there, but make no mistake, they can shoot nice photos given ideal photo scenarios.

Meizu M6 photo sample

There were, however, instances wherein the M6’s auto mode couldn’t quite get the photo I wanted. In most of these instances, the subjects were moving, and despite being in a well-lit place, the phone shot with a slow aperture which resulted in a weird blurring. Thankfully, the M6 also offers a manual mode in which you can adjust the shutter speed and all is well in the world again. Admittedly, though, I am one who feels like smartphone photography on manual mode is a pain — I’m shooting on a smartphone precisely because I want a quicker, easier process.

Meizu M6 photo sample

The secret to good dog photos are not well-behaved doggos — it’s a faster shutter speed!

As for my favorite camera feature, the beauty mode…

On the M6, this filter is pretty straightforward: You can toggle between zero to five for varying levels of “beauty.”  Unfortunately, there is no bokeh mode so you better pick your selfie backgrounds well!

Meizu M6 selfie sample

It’s also available on the rear camera which is great for friends whose photos you take.

Meizu M6 photo sample with the rear camera

Chay looking fresh! Shot with the M6’s rear camera

Here are more photos from the Meizu M6:

What else should we know?

This phone is powered by a low-end MediaTek MT6750 processor — good for light to average smartphone users. Meizu’s Flyme OS runs on the phone with Android 7.0 Nougat. There are two versions available: one with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage — which is the version I have here — and the 3GB with 32GB version. It has a battery capacity of 3070 mAh.

Meizu M6

The M6 is snappy and responsive most of the time with a few occasions of lagging. For an entry-level phone, I was happy with how it performed. Snapchat AR integration worked okay, my Instagram stories were still on point, and I was able to play Stranger Things on mobile with no issues.

GIRL USING Meizu M6

So can the Meizu M6 take good photos? Of course — it just doesn’t take stunning photos all the time, which is okay because no gadget is perfect and we shouldn’t expect that from an entry-level smartphone either. The camera is pretty basic, however, and with everything that’s being built into smartphone cameras these days (artificial bokeh, software portrait modes, and more beauty filter options), I can’t help but feel that Meizu could’ve done more.

Most of these things come into perspective when pricing comes in, though. This handset retails for a starting price of US$ 105 to US$ 135, depending on specs. All things considered, the Meizu M6 is looking like a pretty good deal.

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