EyeEm community photographers test the Huawei P9's dual camera, here are the results

EyeEm community photographers test the Huawei P9's dual camera, here are the results
Yesterday, Huawei unveiled the P9 – the company's brand-new flagship. There are plenty of features that the manufacturer was proud to flaunt – 4 GB of RAM and Huawei's home-made Kirin 955 SoC, extremely thin side bezels, thin phone profile, level 4 fingerprint scanner (apparently, it's capable of sensing depth, making it nigh impossible for anyone to fake your fingerprint), and, of course, the dual camera setup, made in partnership with optics manufacturer Leica.

But we knew about the dual cameras – there have been plenty of leaks, and Huawei itself teased the two sensors in the weeks prior to the phone's launch. What we didn't know was how exactly the phone would employ the dual cam setup, and how good it would do image quality-wise.

To quickly recap yesterday's unveiling – one of the sensors on the back is used to capture the colors from the composition, while the other one shoots in black and white and is used to better collect exposure information. Secondary camera modes use the latter sensor to get some natural black-and-white shots, but that's, as we said, just an added bonus.

And how does the P9's dual-eyed camera do when put in the hands of photographers? Apparently, Huawei partnered up with photography community EyeEm and put the new smartphone in the hands of a few capable photographers. They tested the phone in challenging lighting conditions and on long exposure modes, posting photos of their own home cities.

Just to throw this out there – EyeEm often holds community “missions” with rewards for the best images. According to the company, there will soon be a mission where you can win an actual Huawei P9, so you may want to polish up on those shutter skills and register.

But enough chit-chat. Here's a selection of the stills that the EyeEm photographers took. Take a gander, judge them for yourself. We certainly can't wait to put the camera through its paces ourselves, once we get our hands on it!

source: EyeEm

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1. Marshall2005

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 16, 2014

My expectatipns were higher !

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Same here.

9. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Yeh. Not that great. Did they announce the Sensor used in P9?

4. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Edges are bit blurry. Needs some software tweaking.. May be these are captured before they finalize the Firmware...

5. zelas

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is it me or the images are not that sharper?

6. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

They are soft especially the 2nd picture.

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Poor dynamic range. Bright skies look like overexposed white paper, little detail going on in shadows.

8. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

They take in a lot of light, but detail and sharpness is left to be desired.

10. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Am I missing something? They all look normal. And the sky is grainy even when it's day light?

11. jeevanand88 unregistered

looks like the photos are edited... not so gud... lot of noises... But the last one is just amazing!!

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

looks promising.. but I wont talk about detail since those photos are resized.. but low light are bad (pic.6).. and did they avoid capturing stuff with red color? :-/

13. zelas

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Leica has never been the best camera..... It just uses its GERMAN ENGINEERING AND CRAFTMANSHIP to attract as huawei does!

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I think this is being unfairly judged on very low-res images here, they have mostly the same selection on Pocket Lint but a couple of larger images too and the sharpness and general camera capabilities look very nice - http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/137228-huawei-p9-and-p9-plus-camera-gallery-this-is-what-the-dual-lens-smartphones-can-do/gallery?photo=5&fullscreen=1

32. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Let's be honest, they are more or less the same. Sky is still grainy and soft, exposure is off in some pics too. Also, black and white pic? Seriously?

17. jeevanand88 unregistered

Its just brilliant.. i regret my previous post!!

18. dimas

Posts: 3438; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Cool link. I bet the sooc images will also look great if all tweaks and update will be made to huawei p9. My only major gripe will be the price but if huawei can justify or lower it, it could be one of the best chinese oem device for 2016.

33. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

thanks for the link.Ive check it in my PC and seriously man its not impressive..no hating here, just sayin... btw kudos to the man who took that "Colosseum" pic. nice shot!

16. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Another marketing buble came true. Smudged and out of focus. Same pattern is on gsmarena photo samples.

19. dimas

Posts: 3438; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

See the pocket lint link above in a pc monitor. I think it's better than lg g5, the high-res images might satisfy you.

20. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Thanks. A little better but still same issue. Colours also don't look natural too.

21. srk_s_rao unregistered

Impressive.. check here... http:\\jmcomms.com/2016/04/06/huawei-p9-first-impr​essions-benchmarking-results-and-camera-samples/#j​p-carousel-8053===

22. pupkin

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Hmmm..That's good but I'm expecting greater.

23. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Again scaled down crap. This is totally misleading.

24. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I don't Leica

25. dimas

Posts: 3438; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Hua, why?

27. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Creative interaction!

26. Nolte99

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 18, 2016

Why do not linked over to the site immediately to take the pictures. It seems to have been a conscious decision on your part to put inferior images. If it has an unhealthy connection to Samsung from your side or if it has to be the author have a samsung phone I can not say. However, you have many unsound reports of only two brands as if these existed only. So what I'm calling with you is a more impartial stance for such usually leads to better review which also facilitates the choice for us readers.

28. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

lol lots of expert photographers in the PA forums

29. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

So now we know... this fancy cam takes pretty ordinary pictures. P9 is yet another over-hyped phone. The only thing we know of real quality is S7/E.

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