We’ve all wanted to know more about camera Huawei P9, and not only for the double configuration, also implying that Leica is stuck in the development of it. On paper, the German firm has much to offer in this relationship, but from day commented that this would make a lot of publicity relationship, and little chicha in practice.
Everything is for show, not be us who see this partnership as a negative, so the best we can do is try to understand what they have done to improve the cameras Huawei phones, usually notable, but always one step behind the main devices on the market.
Two cameras to an image service
What we found in the Huawei P9 is not a dual sensor system with which to 3D flourishes, or performs different shots, as needed. Here the two chambers operate simultaneously the same scene, have the same megapixels and interpenetrate to achieve a higher quality decision.
12 megapixels for each camera, the number of fashion, it is the big market that many decided to choose, looking for a higher pixel size and improved performance overall. The main difference between the two sensors Huawei is that one is RGB and another monochrome. One captures the color takes another the same image in black and white.
The theory is that both sensors collect much more information in the same scene, more data to process and get a better result with a clever mix. The monochrome sensor does not filter the light in the same way and capture a greater depth of black, impacting mainly in the detail. Summarizing, a sensor priority in color, the other in detail.
Also the fact of having two sensors is able to capture more light, so we can get better results in low light, mainly we will have less noise. Again, this is in theory, we see if really looks as good as it looks.
From the software point of view we can understand that there is supervision by Leica, with aids to create professional camera mode. We also find performance profiles and filters that relate to the German company.
Certified by Leica?
They tell us that much of the system is developed closely with the German optics specialist, have worked together since the 1 minute, it is not a task only Huawei. But you have to nit to understand what it is to “certify” cameras.
Collaboration is at two levels, both hardware and software. Here comes a striking hue, hardware part can relate to the lens, while the software has to do with Leica certify that the camera has processed.
For those who want to know how lens, we find a field of view equivalent to 27 millimeters, with a maximum aperture f / 2.2 (Summarit ASPH). In the two objectives it is equal. The lenses do not leave factories Leica, do not make them, would charge a pretty penny for them, but they pass their certification.
And the sensors? Who are the sensors? No information, but we suspect they were anything else of Sony, Huawei partner in most of his creations.
In short: Leica certifies the end result of what takes the camera images. It also certifies the lenses. But neither manufactures lenses, nor created sensors. Although it is fair to say we have been involved in the whole design.
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Prestige for mobile
Leaving that aside, the Chinese brand does not hide that want to level, you want to see it as a premium brand – here we call it prestige – at least in its most ambitious products. Join Leica is part of this strategy, but it can also give real fruits of which we will benefit customers.
Ending with the details of their partnership, it sounds new in the mobile world, but it is not the first time Leica approaches the world of the circuits, has lived several years a very fruitful relationship with Panasonic. Nor is the first time we see lens manufacturers sign on mobile: Zeiss, Schneider Kreuznach.
Trying to reinvent mobile photography
The idea of using two cameras in a mobile is gaining weight, it has been rumored that Apple is also interested in this way. The reason, because there is very little space on a phone to ask wonders so tiny sensors, so you have to contrive to get in so little space.
There is a reality that can be measured with respect to the Huawei Mate 8; the sensor captures 50% more detail, and 200% more light. The advance in the Chinese house seems quite important, now we have to try in practice, check thousand situations, see the operating modes available, and find out what that he spends with the video.
A complete system that lacks optical stabilization
- Already seems a standard in high – end, autofocus based on a hybrid system it is also present in P9 Huawei, which also is assisted by a laser.
- As for the front camera, no news, a unit of 8 megapixels.
- We do not know the size of 12 megapixel sensor, but it is rumored that the size of the photos is 1.25 microns.
- For additional lighting we have a dual-LED flash, dual tone.
- The most important absence is the image stabilization based on optics, something difficult to achieve with two cameras.
- It has not talked much about video recording capabilities. Are you dare to 4K?