Some quick hits on Huawei’s new dual-camera wonder.
The Huawei P9 is upon us, having just been unveiled to the world at its London launch event. The big focus this time around, without a doubt, is photography, as Huawei pushes its partnership with Leica in an effort to stand out in the crowded high-end Android space.
But there’s more to this phone than just the Leica brand and the aforementioned dual camera setup. Let’s dive deeper and take a look at some of the major P9 facts and features you might have missed.
1. It’s got two cameras — and more
OK, let’s get the really obvious one out of the way first. The Huawei P9 has two 12-megapixel cameras around the back, “co-engineered,” the firm says, in partnership with German camera-maker Leica. One sports a monochrome (black and white) sensor, the other a traditional color (RGB) sensor, and it’s this combination Huawei says lets the camera soak up three times as much light as an equivalent single-sensor setup, producing pics with 50 percent more contrast.
The dual camera system is paired with laser autofocus system, giving it multiple options for keeping its subject in sharp focus. Up close, the lasers do the legwork. For distance, the P9 uses depth information calculated based on the images from both the monochrome and color cameras. (In much the same way our eyes help us perceive depth.)
That’s all helped along by a dedicated dual-core ISP (image signal processor) specifically designed to handle depth information — the first of its kind, the manufacturer claims.
2. Wide aperture mode
Wide aperture mode, first seen in the Honor 6 Plus, returns in the Huawei P9. Because each photo taken on the P9 also captures depth information, it’s possible to simulate bokeh effects in software, in a similar way to what HTC introduced with