The thing about the P9 camera is that it is special because of an interplay between hardware and software. By that, we mean it has dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back, both of which are armed with lenses made by iconic camera brand Leica.
These cameras are also different. One is a RGB sensor while the other one is a monochrome black and white sensor. The end result of this is that the P9 absorbs 90 per cent more light than the Galaxy S7 rear camera which has a single 12-megapixel sensor.
Huawei is using a dedicated ISP and DSP, which enables it to take realistic photos, which are bright, sharp, detailed and in some cases down right magical.
While the Galaxy S7 is able to take very bright photos too that are also pretty clear, there’s a strange yellow hue to them and in some cases they look unnaturally bright. The Huawei P9 is able to take lush photos, that look real. They actually give the feel of an Leica M9 rangefinder camera, which no other smartphone camera can replicate.
Coupled with this, there’s a fast autofocus system which works on the back of a phase detect system and contrast detection system. There’s also a refocusing mode, which allows users to change the focus and blur levels of the image after it has been shot. This mode particularly dazzles as you get images with a background blur similar to a very high-end DSLR camera. No other phone can produce this kind of an effect with such accuracy, including the Galaxy S7.
For selfies too, this is probably the best smartphone in the market. For starters, it has a 8-megapixel as compared to a 5-megapixel sensor on the Galaxy S7. But there’s more. It is a wide lens and it can even light up the screen like flash in low light scenarios which makes this selfie camera very versatile in most use cases.
The end result is the best camera phone in the market. The end result is a stunning camera phone that is a sexy gadget to obsess over rather than a DSLR like monstrosity.