Camera and image quality

The Leica-tuned camera setup remains the one true highlight of Huawei's flagship


At the rear of the P10 we find the same Leica-tuned dual-camera setup that made the P9 the intriguing device it was. In terms of technicalities, the P10 comes with what Huawei calls Dual Camera 2.0, comprising a 20MP f/2.0 monochrome sensor that produces detailed images and a regular 12MP f/2.2 RGB module that shoots color. Just like the P9, the P10 merges the two images into one, combining the fine detail from the B&W module with the colors of the RGB sensor.

On the features and modes side, Huawei has included everything and the kitchen sink with the P10, and as a result, the camera app feels a bit overwhelming but at least it's intuitive. It has tons of features and options. Aside from the default Auto mode, you can also capture black-and-white images in Monochrome mode, take HDR pics, enhance skin and add tons of faux bokeh in Portrait mode, take noise-less images with Night Shot, unleash your creativity with Light Painting, capture time-lapses and slow-mo videos, and make your food Instagram-ready with the Good Food mode. Manual controls for the camera have also made the cut, which will appeal to photography enthusiasts. Aside from that, you can enable a separate wide aperture mode that simulates different depths of field and also adds tons of bokeh.

Enough with the boring theory, let's see how the P10 performs in the real world! First things first, it should be mentioned that you will only get 20MP pics if you shoot in Auto or Monochrome modes. With all other modes, you end up with 12MP stills. Of course, panoramas are an exception – the P10 captures very high-res panoramas, normally larger than 30MP.

As far as image quality goes, the P10 shoots excellent pictures. It produces well-exposed images with plenty of fine detail that easily passed our pixel-peeping tests with flying colors. There's not any oversharpening at all, just images with great amounts of detail. Speaking of colors, the rendition of these are mostly true to life though they sometimes end up on the oversaturated side of things, especially if you're shooting bright spring flowers. The P10 normally exposes scenes well and doesn't seem to underexpose things as much as the P9 did.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Huawei P10 2
2.1
812
497
Huawei P9 2.7
3
No data
No data
Samsung Galaxy S7 1.5
1.6
315
281
Apple iPhone 7 1.13
1.49
No data
No data

There's also a 2X hybrid zoom feature that lets you seamlessly zoom between the two cameras. It is not available when you shoot in 20MP auto mode, but can be used if you opt to shoot in a smaller resolution. It's wields neat results, but can't compare to a dedicated zoom camera module.

The rear's camera Portrait mode deserves its own paragraph. This one adds a bit of vignetting to draw attention on your face, smooths and brightens the skin, throws in some extra contrast, and finally, sprinkles lots of faux bokeh in the out-of-focus areas. Sounds great on paper, but said bokeh often gets applied over the subject's hair or leaves a halo of unprocessed background around the head. As a result, the person you're shooting often looks like they've been “photoshopped” in the picture later as the separation from the background is not seamless and ruins the picture. With good lighting, however, the P10's portrait mode wields perfectly acceptable pics. In general, I'd say that one in three photos taken with the P10's portrait mode looks great whereas the other two are unusable due to the excessive amounts of faux bokeh.

Front-facing camera


The 8MP auto-focusing front-facing camera is a decent one, too, with selfies turning out pretty detailed, well-exposed, and with appealing vibrant colors. However, they often tend to be on the colder side, which might not appeal to all selfie takers. The beautification feature turned out to be a pleasant surprise – it does its job pretty subtly and does not turn your face into a wax figure. Take note, LG and Samsung. The front-facing also has a Portrait mode, which has the same strengths and weaknesses as the rear cameras' one – it can produce a decent selfie, but watch out for that excessive bokeh!

On the video-recording front, the P10 records 4K video at 30fps and 1080p Full HD clips at 60fps. It's worth saying that you get a slew of manual controls in for video-recording either. As far as quality goes, the P10 produces some good-looking videos with plenty of detail and rich, appealing colors. Thanks to the OIS on board, no trembling is visible in the videos I recorded. The P10 also focuses quite fast thanks to the laser autofocusing system, and that's pretty important when shooting video. Overall, we are content with the phone's camera performance.

Multimedia


For the most part, the P10 is an average device for multimedia consumption. As mentioned above, the 5.1-inch display is not that great in terms of sharpness and color rendition, thus watching YouTube videos or the occasional Netflix series is a largely forgettable experience.

However, the P10 is a decent performer in terms of audio reproduction. The single speaker on the bottom is loud enough, though audio quality from that one is average at best as it's lacking any depth and often sounds rather flat. At least there's a 3.5mm audio jack up there, so throwing а pair of neat headphones in the mix will wield better results for audiophiles. It would have been nicer to have a bunch of sound-related settings for the user to meddle with, but alas, these have not made the cut.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Huawei P10 0.29
Huawei P9 0.32
Samsung Galaxy S7 0.704
Apple iPhone 7 0.991
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Huawei P10 74
Huawei P9 76
Samsung Galaxy S7 72.7
Apple iPhone 7 78.1


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65 Comments

65. moshe345

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

Hello Everyone, My name is Moshe, after a lot of contemplation I decided to buy a new P10 Huawei phone which I purchased a few days ago. I had, amongst many reasons, decided to go with the P10 rather than the MI6 of Xiaomi because of the Operation System which seemed to have really nice features, and so I wanted to own their device. After I purchased the phone I naturally installed the apps I use, not to many since I am not a heavy user, but I did install my favorite game Clash Royale. Upon playing the game I noticed when it gets crowded and new items are added to the game the phone freezes! My nephew who is 9 years old and is a very heavy user, plays Clash Royale every available moment he gets (a little scary at times) owns a Homtom HT17 Pro 4G Phablet that cost on website about 80$, the game runs perfectly so you can imagine the frustration! So, I did some tests and used all benchmark apps, with the appropriate instructions and ran them. I have found that my new device performs very badly, with the worst result appearing on the GPU. I ran the app 3DMarks The test results were around 1270 +- every run for at least 10 runs after I let it cool down, and during different hours of the day. When you look at the phone while the test is working, you can see it's not working well. The app said that my results are very bad for the hardware and I should clean the ram and wait for the device to cool down and try again (Average result is around 1870 for P10). When I saw tests done from other youtubers, I saw that they got 2200+ and one other got 2680, that’s more than x2 my result. After speaking to Huawei’s customer service department, which was absolutely useless, I decided to go to Huawei Official lab, where they said that they do not know how to test it (O M G) and will contact Huawei Global to see how they can test it. They also told me that if they don't find anything wrong, I will have to pay for the lab tests!!! So…not only do they not know how to test it, they will also charge money for their ignorance! I saw a picture on their wall stating that P10 is better than iPhone 7, I have an iPhone 7 and I ran same 3dMarks testing and got 2160 and told them about it and their response was “What do you expect, its iPhone 7”. Even at their official lab they stated that, the phone is bad compared to other flagships. On top of it all, the customer service told me that my new phone will be fixed and not replaced because that's their policy. Now can you imagine, buying a new phone, it does not work properly and they offer to fix it for you? Disgraceful... If anyone has a P10 Huawei, and can run a 3DMarks test and would be prepared to send me the output, I would very much appreciate it! If we find something wrong with most devices I will act to get a recall for the device. If you own any other Huawei device that is malfunctioned in anyway and you are not b

64. JohanP

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

I think that this phone must be +9.0 but because they are from Chinese manufacturer get small rate. But he is Top class phone.

62. Tuckson

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 05, 2017

I really do not understand what problems ppl have with EMUI . Love it. Happy that not all apps are stuck away in such thing as an appdrawer?

57. whqhdrbs

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 12, 2017

I see a lot of Chinese on the comment section

54. mokhabadi

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

P10 get 7.5 and A3(2017) get 8. that's ridiculous!!!

52. bford

Posts: 15; Member since: May 18, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy A3 gets an 8/10 but this gets s 7.5/10? What kind of site is this? All credibility should be gone from this site.

48. raky_b

Posts: 461; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

so, device for which you statet in conclusion : "it won't be an overstatement to say that it's an excellent all-around device" and only cons are "not perfect display", EMUI interface (better than TouchWiz) and that it missing waterproofness is getting so low score? even it cost 1/3 less than s8 will!? not a huge fan of Huawei...but this is ridiculous, no wonder that no one is taking PA reviews seriously

47. supasonic_boobyalater

Posts: 1; Member since: May 27, 2016

tiny 5 inch screen is pathetic.. should have been over 6 to 7 inch display

49. raky_b

Posts: 461; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

no, i think 21' is minimum

44. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I read these review to laugh. And the reviewer seems does not explore the P10 software right.

37. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Read the title>look at pros and cons>jump straight to comments sections>grabs popcorn This is my way of reading PA's review articles.

60. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

Me too XD

31. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Remind me to evade these Bulgarian reviews next time. I'm here for the comment sections, not these ridiculous articles.

28. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

A review of the LG G6 or upcoming S8 won't see the UI as a con despite EMUI being a far better UI. Moreover most of those doing reviews are those 1% stock android fanboys that just want a boring empty UI that gets new features that was present on skinned UIs for years.

27. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

gsmarena is mostly neutral in their review.

39. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

And non-bias.

26. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

" Inaccurate display with oversaturated colors for a second" i have to say fair con. 650 price tag should have at least provide more to real life screen calibration option.

29. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

If it was Samsung or Apple, this would have been a pro as they would consider it to be "punchy colors" .

30. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

:) Indeed that happens too

63. Tuckson

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 05, 2017

lol. Touché

25. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

When it comes to android phones, the stock launcher interface should not come into the picture at all. In less than a minute, you can download any launcher to your liking from the play store and you do not need to be nerdy or techie or be rooted to do that. Unlike IOS or Windows devices, android phone and tablet users are not stuck with the stock UI/launcher.

23. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Cons: not waterproof? What?

50. raky_b

Posts: 461; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

it is con for me...but in this reviews it wasn't con, until Apple made iphone waterproof...now, since iphone and galaxy s line have it...they are counting that as a con to all other than doesn't.

21. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Both the LG G6 and this should have received higher scores but this is iphonearena. I expect the GS8 to get an 8.9. Iphone7s 9.4 iPhone 8 if it really is this year. 9.9

22. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

BGR and iCrapArena are two of the best @$$ lickers of Cr@pple so no wonder it will happen this year.

19. baibhav93

Posts: 24; Member since: May 09, 2014

a 8.5 is minimum for this device. cmon PA, why are you doing this? You are losing our respect.... if you cant be competitive, please dont be ridiculous...

16. SaRPeR

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

"It would have been nice if Huawei had water-proofed the phone, given that all the major players in the industry are now doing just that. Probably with the P11, eh, Huawei?" Actually Huawei P10 and P10 Plus has basic splash resistance. It doesn't have an official IP rating though.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Good hardware with trash software. If stock Android can be installed then it's a different story.

17. SaRPeR

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Huawei's UI is better than the most other manufacturer's UI. It has really useful features.

41. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Oh, right. Features like a COMPLETELY BROKEN push notifications system or their "feature" that arbitrarily closes podcast apps and Spotify unless you dig REALLY deep into the settings!!! Don't quote me on that bit. Just ask these users.https://forum.xda-developers.com/mate-9/help/simply-awful-software-t3570910
P10
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Huawei Emotion UI

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