Huawei P9 Design & User Experience
So I've been using the iPhone 6 for nearly two years now, and it has begun to outlive its purpose when photography is concerned. I'm not sure why, but in recent times, I'm unable to really utilize the phone effectively as my camera replacement, sticking back to my Panasonic Lumix or Nikon DSLR for those much needed event shots, until now. Introducing the Huawei P9, the latest from Huawei, a Leica branded camera smartphone for the masses.
|Huawei P9 Design & User Experience|
Huawei P9 Design - Leica Dual Camera Lenses
We all need want a camera that can be with us at all times, where we could reach out for it whenever a need arises to get that perfect shot. Almost always the nearest camera within reach would be our smartphones, and we will need to make do with mediocre images from it. Not anymore, with the Huawei P9, it features the most prestigious photography brand (Leica) and dual camera lenses. The Huawei P9 uses one for an RGB sensor to capture color, and a monochrome sensor to acquire detail. The two outputs are then synthesized to create an exceptionally sharp photo.
|Leica Dual Camera Huawei P9|
When Leica announced it collaborated with Huawei, it made photographers everywhere sit up and take notice. Then we found out the lenses weren't actually by Leica themselves but were co-engineered together with Huawei. The design itself is really well thought out. The phone itself feels well-constructed with aerospace-class aluminium covering. Size-wise, it is slightly larger than my iPhone 6, and measures about the same thickness, which is a feat in itself considering the iPhone 6 was marketed as a really thin phone when it was announced.
|Simple, white packaging houses the Huawei P9|
|Love the thin profile of the Huawei P9|
|Grips well in the palm of my hand|
Sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the P9 runs on a Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit ARM-based processor and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery. I would think the phone itself would be able to hold its stand against most new smartphones in the market, especially with the larger than usual battery capacity. Real life usage however fell slightly short, in terms of the battery life.
|The Huawei P9 uses its own proprietor charger to charge, and not the usual micro usb charger most android devices uses|
Huawei P9 Camera Capabilities & User Experience
Anyway today's posting will be my take on the Huawei P9's camera capabilities as I really liked the fact that it may just replace my usual cameras that I normally take out. How convenient would that be then. My iPhone 6 can't really compare to this latest dual lense camera, but let's have a look at the photos taken.
|From the back, you could clearly see the dual lense on the Huawei P9|
The Huawei P9 display is rather bright and sharp, overly sharp in fact but thats the way it is. Under sunlight, the display is still visible and there's where it excels. The Huawei sports a pair of 12MP cameras, delivering 4:3 images measuring 3968×2976 pixels. One nifty feature is the ability to press the power button and immediately go into camera mode if I was shooting before I powered off the device. This makes shooting with the P9 fast and quick.
|A shot I took of the streets of KL with the Huawei P9|
|Downtown KL, taken with the Huawei P9|
|KLCC, taken with the Huawei P9|
Image quality wise, I'm pretty satisfied, although it did have a tad too much contrast and saturation as compared to the images taken by my iPhone 6. Coupled with a noticeable noise reduction and a bit of smearing, it lends the images a digital look. Some may prefer this, and it did look a lot sharper than my rather 'washed out' image on my iPhone.
|Monochrome images were sharp and crisp, taken with the Huawei P9|
|I did like this image taken with the P9.|
Camera Features - Shoot like a pro
The Huawei P9 has a comprehensive list of features and control for its camera. There's this really cool ability to separate focus and exposure points during shooting. Where the iPhone relies on one point to focus and expose for, the P9 lets you pick different points for the focus and exposure. Cool feature indeed. Coupled with the ease in doing "bokeh" shots I'm sold.
|It's so easy, there's even a function to take photos with a shallow depth of field|
After fiddling with the Huawei P9 for a week or so, I do think it's a powerful device, well planned, with easy access to its functions. The sheer number of features and controls make the P9 a much more functional camera than most smartphones in the market. Do note that the P9 still houses a small-sensor camera, even though it is co-engineered by Leica, so do not expect miracles. Impressive images, ease of use, you most definately will want to get your hands on one of these babies soon!