The Best Camera Right Now:
When it comes to smartphones, it becomes a simple choice; are you going to make my life better or become another headache I need to deal with.
In the past, it was a simple answer to choose an iPhone over most of any other Androids on offer, simply due to it’s efficiency: switch it on, it works, ready to go.
Though, as we all know, Apple hasn’t been the lord of innovation and efficiency it once was, giving way to a lot of new players in the market.
Huawei has been battering at the South African smartphone market for the past two years, and in it’s last few iterations become a local device name! Though, it wasn’t until I had a chance to use the Huawei P9 that I truly felt that the iPhone’s names were numbered in a mass market.
Yes, it’s got a easy to use interface and pleasant Android operating system, running under Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.1 load out. But more than that for me, has been the device’s Camera and Screen.
As a creative, it’s what I look for in a smartphone today: Camera and the beauty of it’s screen. The screen’s capabilities seem to come standard with any modern smartphone: High resolution and in this case: 16M colours touchscreen, though, this time, the camera of the Huawei P9 is what made it so vastly unique to other devices on the mass market, there are two.
Overall, the device’s build is neat and smooth, similar in style to a iPhone 6S, but with more edges around the corners, making for a better grip. It’s colour also is vastly more elegant and pleasing than previous “P” models, where you feel the designers have put a bot more effort into competing with top level smart devices over simply creating an “affordable” device for the masses. You sense that Huawei is definitely aiming for top level of device ability and market income with the P9.
Unlike previous versions of Huawei devices, the display is finally fitted within the metal case, which is a great improvement as my old Huawei Mate7 will attest, a simple knock on the side could potentially shatter your entire screen.
Huawei P9 Maboneng Adventure:
Here’s some highlight’s of my adventure thought Maboneng with the Huawei P9, if you’d like to see more on Instagram, checkout the hashtag: #CityAdventureWithHuawei, most of which are linked to our several Instagram accounts:
Camera with Leica:
We have reviewed the Huawei P9 before on Milled, but this time we wanted to talk and show off a bit more about it’s camera ability. The first time I snuck this beaut out of the Huawei offices, I took it with on a tour of Thailand, much to my Instagram community’s pleasure.
Now, we’re looking at taking it back home, the streets of Johannesburg, while at the same time, putting it up against the photo abilities of it’s cousin devices: the Huawei Mate7 and the Huawei Mate8.
Breaking the camera down for a second:
- Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 27 mm, Leica optics, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality (You can shoot up to 3264x1840mps, but this will likely crash your device)
- 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
- 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps.
- 8 MP, f/2.4, 1080p
- Monochrome (Black and white but better)
- Beauty shot (For the selfie without the make-up)
- Beauty Video (For the vlog or friend without make-up)
- Night shot (A massive improvement on the ability of previous versions where night photography was essentially a no go)
- Light Painting (Long exposure during night time adventures, thing headlight streams)
- Time-lapse video
- Slow-Mo video
- Watermark (When you’re feeling professional)
- Scanner (I think this is meant for QR codes or Business cards but never needed it)