Huawei P9 In The Test: The Leica-Phone With The Immerscharf Camera

Remember Sony’s announcement that dual cameras will soon become the new standard in the Smartphone photography? Sony is one of the largest manufacturers of Smartphone cameras as we know. For the P9 Huawei teamed up but Leica with the German company. The result is impressive. The test.

The Lytro camera tells you something? 2012, that was long ago, as she whirled to the world of photography. You had to when their photos at the pressure on the trigger not sure whether the subject is in focus, because you can subsequently change the focus point. The effect also in smartphones has arrived in the past four years. Samsung builds him since the Galaxy S5 into his camera app, the HTC one M8 extra possessed a second lens and the camera app from Google actually every Smartphone of the focus effect – dominated if you properly moving it when shooting. But let’s face it: Really succeeded and he matured was not technically so far. It was a gimmick. Huawei is now at the P9 on the strength of the two lenses and the specialist in Germany for high-quality camera technology to ensure even Leica summoned help, has over 100 years of experience.

Huawei Cooperates With Leica, And The Result Is Wonderful

I was very pleased with the Lytro, but quickly lost interest. The effect was indeed cool, but hard to use in practice. The improved Lytro illum failed, rekindling the fire for the so-called light field photography. I was even happier when I fairly early camera came on the nexus 4 enjoy the focus effect of Google. I have but rarely actually used the function because she offered the necessary movement of the Smartphone for only a few motifs. With the Huawei P9, the effect is extremely suitable for everyday use.

Why? And how does it work? Well, I can shoot regular photos with the two, or one of the two cameras on the back of the Huawei P9. Here, the cooperation of the Smartphone manufacturer with camera veteran pays out Leica. In terms of image quality, the 12 megapixel captures me very well. You are what’s attention to detail, color saturation and contrast to best photos, which currently can shoot smartphones. It is but not quite enough for the top spot. You divide still Samsung, LG and Apple among themselves. At night and when shooting in bad light a noise will not fails, but nevertheless, many details are visible. It is impressive, the pictures are as colorfast and to recognize how much even in supposedly dark areas.

Two Cameras For A Special Shooting Mode

But still a special shooting mode, which provides your photos not only with depth of field, but in hindsight this change you can be hidden in the camera app. Put it another way: you can create a recording, but it theoretically produce dozens of different photos. This works very simple: you type a dot on the display in edit mode, the app provides the photo on these hot. Also shows but still a slider on your Aperture from f/0.95 can choose up to f/16. With this you will make sure that the background either completely blurry to crisp-sharp looks. The result can then save it and share in the social networks

So the two cameras at all can capture the necessary details of the image, an object in the foreground of the subject must be – ideally at a distance of about two meters in front of the lens. Without a person or an object in the foreground remain not only depth of field and focus effect, it threatens even small errors in the image. Because the software is desperately looking for areas that can make them out of focus. At all enthusiasm: The result is not always perfect. I is noticed that the software detects perfectly not every subject and produced such blur in places where it doesn’t belong. Best succeeded in this case objects with clear edges and corners. There is clearly potential for improvement in the software.

In addition, the front camera of the P9 shoots photos with a resolution of 8 megapixels. The attention to detail and sharpness are excellent for Selfies, however the colours could be slightly stronger for my taste. Your frequent Selfies in the dark or in poor lighting conditions, take photos of it should rejoice to hear that the screen as a flashlight illuminates completely white at the P9. Even at an arm’s length distance makes this light source that your face is to recognize good.

Hardware: Fast, But Not Top Class

But beyond the camera the Huawei P9 can be see. Not at a podium, but in the top group of smartphones is enough it definitely. The design is beautifully discreet and like with metal frame and round edges, nestled in the hand. The processing is very neat. The quality of the 5.2-inch full-HD displays, there is nothing wrong: attention to detail, color, brightness and stability are all in the green zone.

The Huawei P9 is powered by the Kirin 955, whose eight computing cores half with 1.8 and 2.5 GHz are clocked, and the Mali-T880 graphics chip. In the Antutu benchmark, they reach around 96,000 points along with the big three gigabyte memory. A good value that remains 820 as the LG G5 or Xiaomi Mi5 but significantly behind the Smartphones with the Snapdragon. In the Geekbench 3 show up strong differences: 1754 points of single-core test is just average. For this the P9 on the multi-core test with 6610 points playing at the top. In practice, these values that run Android and the user interface quickly, the apps load times are short and play games like asphalt 8 in best graphics quality easily can be mean.

Uncool: of the 32 GB internal memory of the P9 are only about 22 GB for your data is available. 10 gigabyte space speak for a saving of the data. With fame Huawei not covered itself there. If necessary, you can extend the memory with a microSD card. The fast hardware takes its toll and will one day hold the 3000 mAh battery in the P9. He is charged via USB-C. And with the very fast fingerprint sensor on the back not only unlocks her the Huawei Smartphone, but can navigate through galleries, open the notifications Panel, or take a photo.

Factory installed Huawei Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the P9 and provides the operating system with its EMUI user interface. At this, especially the small tools on the LockScreen, the screenshot feature for the complete contents of the screen, the voice and motion control, as well as the recognition of the finger bone (“knuckle Scythe”), which dominate the S mate and mate, are worth mentioning. Especially the latter may sound bizarre, but yet another input possibility for your hand will give you. So you can for example double ankle tap take a screenshot, a good C launches the camera.

Conclusion: More Than Just A Toy For Photographers

Design and processing of the Huawei P9 are top. Huawei has earned high praise for camera technology with focus effect and depth of field. The software is still a little room for improvement. For 569 euro you will receive a fleet hardware and an Android user interface with many practical features.

But Huawei has not been a flagship Smartphone? No, there are two: the mate of S and the mate 8. This may be confusing at first, but with the P and the mate series Huawei pronged already long. The P models are slightly less – current 5.2 to 5.5 and 6.0 inches – from the design produced little filigree. All three on the amount of their time move in terms of the hardware and software. With the not unimportant difference that attracts the P9 with two Leica cameras.