It’s just my laziness and tragic sudden death of my HTC One M8 that prevented any sort of preview of Huawei P9, my new phone camera, before I actually got it. If you are into smartphones and mobile photography you definitely know the main thing about it. Yes, I’m looking at you, Leica logo!
Now when it’s too late for previews I’ll just move on to some demos. Since I’ve had this phone for only less than a week I can’t actually say much, but I can show you some pics.
After a nuisance the HTC camera was, almost any picture that comes out of the Huawei 12mp camera is a great one. But truth be told I haven’t actually used the camera mode yet because I’ve been busy shooting some authentic black and white photography in the monochrome mode. It uses the b&w sensor of the dual camera system, and here is where this Leica thing reveals itself. I’m not sure if another Leica product, Leica M Monochrom, has anything to do with the development of this colour sensor-b&w sensor system, but it just reminded me of that rangefinder when I first read about the Huawei cameras. Speaking about Leica’s involvement into the development, many reviewers doubt the company has done anything except for sticking its logo on the phone. Well I’m sure this separate black and white sensor thing was Leica’s idea.
I’ve put up this small gallery so you could see yourself how the b&w mode works. No image was post-processed, just reduced in size with a little of sharpness to compensate reduction.
Also for no particular reason, I throw in a video review of the camera interface, in case you wondered about other features, like RAW support. No one actually mentions it in the reviews, but RAW is only available for the colour Pro mode. If you shoot monochrome, jpeg is your only option. For me, it’s not a big deal as I’ve got a rule not to retouch or post-process my black and white photos.
As I continue experimenting with the camera I’ll be back with more impressions. But for now, I’ll leave you with the Leica Dual Camera monochrome.