Huawei P9 Leica Dual Camera "Real Life" Photo Shoot: The Best Camera Phone?

Since recording this Google have released their phone the Pixel which is 'the best camera phone' ever. What is the best camera phone...in my opinion it's the one you have with you. This "Real Life" photo shoot takes place at Sheffield Park in East Sussex with the Huawei P9 Lecia Dual Camera phone. 

This phone has Leica Dual 12mp camera on the back which captures colour and black & white images at the same time. The idea behind this is that the RGB sensor combines the colour to the detail that the monochrome sensor captures so you always get professional looking images. 

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 50

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/370

The Huawei P9 runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and allows you to shoot in RAW which I had set to but with me playing around with various camera modes and flipping between video and phone I seem to have switched it back to JPEG. 

The camera does allow various different modes and filters called things like 'beauty' and 'vivid' but I kept it with the standard camera and shot what I wanted and then imported the photos into Lightroom just like I would with any image. 

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 73

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/60

A few thoughts on the camera is that the colours have come out really well and I'm happy with the way they've come out. I'd happily print these images and I'm happy to show them off. Most people who have the latest phones are probably never going to shoot in RAW and they're unlikely to process their photos like me. That's perfectly fine and for people who want to snap photos and share them with their friends it works very well.

Personally I like to import the images onto my computer and load them up and see them on a larger screen. I use Lightroom to do this and it allows me to have full control over the images. To get the images into Lightroom it's a simple case of plugging it in via USB but make sure the phone is unlocked otherwise it can't be recognised.  

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 50

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/340

It'll be printing some of these photos out larger and I don't think you'll be able to tell that they were shot on a phone. There may be a little bit of noise in some of the skies and if you pixel peep you may notice some but to most people they wouldn't notice. 

This will never replace a DSLR or a mirrorless system but with the images from this you won't be disappointed. The best camera is the camera you have with you. I like to think that people with gain an interest with a phone like this and then develop on to a more advanced camera and want to learn more. 

The Huawei P9 is available on contract from ThreeUK from £18 per month and thank you for allowing me to use this phone for the purpose of this "Real Life" Photo Shoot. 

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 125

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/60

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 50

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/160

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

At times opportunities arise that even shock me, one of these was an invitation to attend something at London Zoo for Nokia and the new Windows 8 phone...those words are always going to grab my attention. To top it all off it was on a Saturday meaning I would actually be able to attend.

Over the years I’ve had many phones, from the Nokia 3210, the Palm Pre to more recent smartphones like every version of the iPhone, a few Blackberry’s the funky Motorola Razr and my latest phone was the Samsung Note 2 so I may know a little bit about phones and now it was the turn of the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

You may have heard of this phone it’s the one with the 41mp camera, this is pretty much double any other phone available and is it’s big BIG selling point.

Nokia’s always used to be the go to phone, everyone wanted the latest phone and then the fruit company and electronics company entered the mobile phone market and blew everyone else out the water. Since that moment everyone else including Nokia have been playing catch up and often failing.

My first impressions are...gor blimey it’s bright and that’s just the cover, yep it’s bright yellow. The phone isn’t as large as I was expecting it to be, slightly wider than an iPhone 5 and about the same size as a Samsung Galaxy S4. It fits easily in the hand and you can hold it in one hand and use it with your thumb.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 runs on Windows 8 which takes a lot of getting used to compared to Android or iOS but the live tiles work well and are a nice feature my main issue is the app store which is lacking. It does have some of the basics like Facebook, Twitter and it also has Instagram now but most of them are basic to say the least and things like Google+ well you might as well not bother. If you regularly get notifications from a place like Instagram or Twitter then you need to enable a Livetile for this otherwise you won’t get a notification on Windows 8 mobile.

As for Dropbox well at the moment it’s not great news as they try and push you onto SkyDrive but when you’ve been using DropBox for years it’s hard to change. There is a good app called FileBox which seems to be the best DropBox app as none of the others currently preview anything you have stored, they just show a file name which when you have 1000s of photos isn’t much good.

The 1020 screen is crisp and sharp and the touchscreen is super sensitive, the panel is a 1280 x 768 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 334 pixels per inch but it’s not even close to how good the HTC One screen is but you don’t really notice.

The battery is well erm ok. It’s not great, if you just use basic apps it’s fine but as soon as you start taking photos and using Twitter and Instagram then it drains quickly so much so that mine has died by 7pm on a number of occasions and that’s without listening to music, really not ideal for a phone it you require it for more than 12 hours.

lumia1020camera

lumia1020camera

Of course it’s main selling point is the 41mp camera which is impressive and takes amazing single shot photos but not many of the shots will be taken at 41mp most will be 5mp for sharing otherwise memory and data issues come into play. There are a whole host of preinstalled apps to crop and edit the photos which are as good as any you could download. The big issue is the shutter lag which is usually around a second and this let’s it down in a big way. Taking a photo of something in the distance works very well and you hardly lose any of the detail when zoomed but the lag comes into play and you may find you’ve missed the shot. The camera is good but you won’t be selling your dslr in favor of this no matter how basic your camera is.

The verdict from me is it’s a good phone, but it won't knock Apple and Samsung from the top. It has potential to with a few tweaks especially the app store. If things like G+, Instagram and it added some other apps such as the Google based ones (which I know won’t happen) but hey we can dream.