REVIEW: Huawei P9's game-changing mobile photography

2016-08-10 13:08 - Kyle Venktess, Fin24
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The Huawei P9 features a Leica optics dual camera.


Johannesburg - The Huawei P9 has safely secured itself a position as one of the top smartphones available on the local market.

The device encompasses features expected from a premium device, and while most manufacturers can boast the same, the P9 offers upgrades to almost all aspects from previous models.

When the P8 was launched, it did not feel like a premium smartphone – even though it fitted into the price bracket to contend against devices from top rivals.

It was a decent device with not too much to scream about – of course, it was launched before fingerprint scanners became a standard feature in premium smartphones, but the P9's feature shows up top competitors.

The device’s fingerprint management offers up to five fingerprint IDs and when using the feature to unlock the device, the P9 is able to register the fingerprint almost instantaneously – after clocking in a speed of 0.14 seconds, from sleep mode to unlock.

The P9 maintains a similar aesthetic appeal to its predecessor, although enhancements include a glossy face to the ends of the frame and of course on the rear a black panel for dual camera and flash.

The entire device is encased in a metallic frame, making it pleasing to the eye but to its disadvantage tends to heat-up often during high-usage.

Huawei has also jumped on the dual camera bandwagon, with their 12 megapixel Leica lens cameras, but the German optics company did not just lend its name to the smartphone as a gimmick.   

The P9 dual camera out-performs many smartphone cameras from top manufacturers. One of the cameras is used to capture RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colours while the other camera is used to capture Monochrome.  

Using the camera’s Aperture mode, the user is able to create a shallow depth of field, keeping the subject of an image in focus.

Adjusting the aperture while taking a photograph on the device, allows the user to manipulate the focus of a subject enough to produce images that look as though they had been taken by a seasoned photographer.

What’s more is that the function allows for the depth of field to be adjusted even after the image has been captured and saved to the device. 

Other camera features include HDR, Light Painting functionalities and recording video in 1080p at 60 fps.

The 8 MP facing camera also captures great selfies, even in low-light conditions.

The devices come pre-loaded with the Android Marshmallow operating system and 2.5 GHz processor with 4GB of RAM.

The P9’s 5,2 inch screen offers a 1080 x 1920 resolution for crisp playback of video content as well as a great overall display.

The device’s 3000 mAh battery does not allow for high-usage over extended periods of time. GPS navigation and apps like Pokemon Go drain the battery to the point where users might have to consider carrying around a power bank daily.

The P9 however is a great device, which takes smartphone photography to new levels. Its look and is premium and will not disappoint for everyday usage and as a tool for business.

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