In 2016 a growing number of smartphone maker Huawei and popular camera maker Leica say they are sticking to improving mobile photography. Later that year, the Huawei P9 me Huawei P9 Plus got on stage.
The story goes back to 2013, when Huawei tried to produce a Leica, but the camera didn’t work well. Huawei insisted and Leica finally agreed to the meeting. It didn’t take long for the owners of both companies to realize that this was a win -win – Huawei wanted better cameras to make their phones more competitive, Leica wanted to get into the smartphone game itself they feed into the future camel market.
Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann of Leica Camera AG (left)
It’s easier said than done, though. Leica insisted that small plastic wire glasses should be included in the test kits according to the same standards as the glass company for camera glasses.
The main drawback is that only one of the 10 focus areas can be included in those tests. Working together, the companies began to launch most of the best models, and in January 2016, Huawei sent a P9 model to Leica for testing.
And the camera experts weren’t happy with what they saw. The phone will be released in April, so there wasn’t much time. However, the experts of the two companies worked together to adjust the camera to produce images that resembled the appearance of the Leica brand.
The Huawei P9 pair has two rear cameras – a 12MP main shooter and a 12MP monochrome sensor (a Sony IMX286 recorder is used for both cameras). The black-and-white photos were surprising of the latter, but increased the brightness a little (without a Bayer filter, the light would last about three months).
In addition to the B&W shots, Leica has developed three “Film mirroring modes” – Standard, Bright Color and Soft Color – to exemplify the look of a film camera. These sounded out of nostalgia and an attempt to inspire creativity in the same way that Leica cameras work.
Both cameras with a Hybrid autofocus system (including Laser AF) were able to project bokeh effect, up to f / 1.0.
The cameras also worked in the dark. Although the two models have 1.25 μm pixels, Huawei claimed that combining the data from the one made is similar to a color palette with 1.76 μm pixels. For comparison, Samsung’s rival Galaxy S7 has 1.4 μm pixels.
Note that the link extends to the photo only, the location for the video recorder was touched by Huawei. And the video recording capabilities of the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus have nothing to record at home because they failed to capture 2160p tapes. Huawei is behind the video capture capabilities as far as the Mate 30 phones, perhaps just ahead (especially since the 7,680fps mode isn’t disputed).
Huawei P9 cameras were embroiled in controversy when reports found that the camera’s viewing angles were designed by Sunny Óptica. The two companies released statements, claiming that they were involved in the design process from the construction of the components, through the design processes as well as the image processing as well as the user interface camera.
In the end, it didn’t matter – Huawei and the P9 P9 Plus created beautiful photos (it seems) and the Huawei / Leica Association have produced some of the best cell phone cameras in recent years.