Huawei made a bit of a splash when it announced the Huawei P9, particularly because it has camera sensors that were fine-tuned by Leica. Yes, there was some speculation around the launch that Leica wasn’t really that involved and that this was just some simple branding, but Huawei tells us that Leica engineers were very much involved. So does the special dual-lens Leica camera live up to the hype?
I certainly think so. I walked around my garden one evening snapping a bunch of the photos you see above and was downright impressed by the results. It uses a special black and white sensor to capture more light in each picture, and you can see just how well the lenses pick up the finer details of a flower. I loved the dedicated black-and-white sensor so much that I actually relied on it for a lot of the photos I snapped, sometimes preferring that monotone look to the color pictures. To be fair, though, the color pictures looked beautiful also, without looking too saturated, a problem you sometimes see in the post-processing of flagship camera modules.
The Huawei P9 also has what feels like an infinite number of options to choose from, though you need to know where to look. A swipe in from the side of the screen reveals one menu, while tapping a small side bar accesses the full manual “pro” controls, giving you much more granular control over every aspect of the camera.
Of course, the camera is just one aspect of the Huawei P9, which I’ve grown to love. EMUI isn’t my favorite Android skin, but slick metal hardware of the device combined with the sleek back camera bar makes it stand out against anything else on the market. I also love that it’s easy to use with one hand and highly pocketable, feeling much more compact than some of the other flagships I’m used to.
Ron will walk you through his experience with the Huawei P9 in the video above, and you can check out some of my sample photos – a small tour through my garden – in the gallery above, too. If you’re after a beautiful smartphone that also takes first-class pictures, you really can’t go wrong here.