This light painting magic is captured on a phone, not a DSLR: Huawei P8 shows off camera skills

The Huawei P8 is a slim and stylish new phone that packs quite the punch in a very elegant body. With a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, and an octa-core Kirin 930 system chip, it's got the silicon, but what it is particularly proud of is the 13-megapixel main camera that has a flashy new mode that lets you capture light in enchanting new ways.

We're talking about the Light painting mode on the Huawei P8 that we ourselves tested in our review and found to perform admirably, allowing us to capture some neat images. However, nothing shows the true capabilities of the camera as these latest images captured professional photographer Keow Wee Loong from Malaysia.

With the help of a model and a lot of creative lighting, we get to see what artistic heights you can reach nowadays using nothing but your phone as a camera. Do we really need DSLRs? (Hint: you definitely do if you are a professional photographer, but casual users might find their phone sufficient).

With no further ado, here are the neat light painting pictures that showcase the power of the 13-megapixel main shooter of the Huawei P8. 

We also love how you can creatively capture light in a different environment with a different effect. Watch the tunnel lights form an intricate pattern below: 

Finally, here are some other interesting images captured using the light painting mode on the Huawei P8:

Images are published with the permission of the photographer, Malaysia-based Keow Wee Loong.

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2680 mAh



1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

WTF? Are people supposed to be impressed?

2. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

yeah, cuz those pics were taken on a phone, so show me any other phone capable of doing the same. i'll give you the answer - none!

3. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

A lot really. You just need to know the techniques, not that hard. Your phone is just a tool.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

Almost any phone running lollipop can do this. You just need to download the manual camera app from play store. Hell, I can do this on a Nexus 5. I just need 3$ to purchase the app, a tripod and a Nexus 5.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Oh, so I need to rely on a paid app and get a tripod to take a picture like this? I prefer this Huawei P8 over the troublesome and wasting money professional photographer wannabe way.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

This was taken with P8 by a pro photographer

11. TyrionLannister unregistered

you really think these pics were taken without tripod. If you want to take these kind of shots, 3$ shouldn't be much. Also, manual camera app can do way more things.

12. Jason2k13

Posts: 1477; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

do you really think the professionals did not use a tripod and other expensive equipment's and software, to create these photos?

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

You can hold your phone that steady for that long?

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Actualy YES...yes you need a tripod or else the main subject will be out of main focus and you will not get a clear outline of the lighpainting. Otherwise you get accidental light images if you move the camera. I was taking a longer exposure shot of the moon accidently set the exposure to 4 seconds instead of 2 and moved my hand.

29. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I'm sure the app costs significantly less than a Huawei P8 does.

17. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Unless the shutter speed can go longer than two seconds the manual camera app will not be nearly as good as what was done here. You need long shutter speeds.

24. jerzyiroc

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Not true. You can only do something like this with a very long shutter time. With the Nexus 5 you can only keep it open for 1 second, and the Nexus 6 for .6s. That's not enough time to take these type of pictures.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

18. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well all of Lumia phones!!! Is that enough?

23. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the lg g4 can do this in manual mode,by ISO,shutter etc.. speed adjustments. TAKE THAT P8/L.1020.

30. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

You know that Lumia 1020 is almost 3 year old man.

31. rsmani

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

OnePlus One, with long exposure, seems to be capuring the milky way...​-smartphone/ They seem to be using Camera FV-5 app, don't know if the stock app works too.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

If you have nothing better to say, don't comment. This is what you call a true art of photography. If you don't like the phone, at least give some respect to the photographer. But such a low class people like you won't learn how to appreciate anyways. You can fly away now.

8. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It's not the phone I don't like, but the images. Why should I give respect? If you have nothing better to say, don't comment.

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Try taking a light painting picture that looks similar to this, then come back and bark to me. Oh...I have something better to say, it's right above this sentence. So, I have to comment.

10. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Stop barking around, moron.

19. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It's not about the photo it's about the phone not every one can capture these photos but you can do it with almost every phone with manual shutter speed.

26. waddup121 unregistered

Those are ARTSY!

27. Simona unregistered

yeah graphic designers will love this or art ppl ..

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

thats crazy


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

This is old, my Lumia 1020 could do this 2 years ago!

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not just your 1020 any lumia with manual controls. Sure other phones can to if they have a camera app and camera api that allows manual controls.

28. Simona unregistered

but not so good as this P8 ..

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

the 930, 1020, 1520 would say otherwise. The rest? Of course not, but then again, its an entire lineup vs a single seemingly purpose built phone, showing off something a now 50 dollar phone can do (with less quality).

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