The P9 replaces last year's P8 and is, together with the P9 Plus, the first product coming out of Huawei's collaboration with camera maker Leica. It is powered by a Kirin 955 octa-core chipset and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Energy is supplied by a 3000mAh battery. There are also a USB-C connector, microSD slot and fingerprint reader, all wrapped up in an aluminum body that doesn't look too dissimilar to the P8's.
The Huawei comes with a dual-camera. The main module comes with a 12MP sensor, F2.2 aperture and an equivalent focal length of 27mm. There is no OIS but the AF is laser-assisted. The secondary module also has a 12MP resolution but is monochrome. Huawei says it can capture 200% more light than the RGB sensor, overall making the P9 camera 100% more light-sensitive than conventional smartphone cameras by combining images from both camera modules. .
|Front camera effective pixels||8 megapixels|
|Rear camera effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Rear camera aperture||2.2|
|Camera physical shutter release||No|
|Camera image stabilization||No|
|Video camera recording format||1080p, 30fps|
|Built in memory||3GB RAM/32GB storage or 4Gb RAM/64GB storage|
|Weight||144 g (5.08 oz)|
|Dimensions||145 x 71 x 7 mm (5.71 x 2.79 x 0.28″)|
The Huawei P9's Leica-badged dual-camera is not a quantum leap for smartphone imaging but produces decent image quality across the ISO range that can be improved further in Raw processing. A partly unusual imaging feature set and full manual control complete a package that offers plenty of tinkering and experimentation options for mobile photographers.
Good for: Manual control and image optimization in Raw processing
Not so good for: Video capture and shooting with flash
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