There’s a lot you can do with Huawei’s Leica dual camera
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Smartphones are a world of different gadgets within your pocket. Ironically though, the phone element is now arguably one of the least-used key features. What we’re all using more and more, however, is the integrated camera. That means making sure your next smartphone has not just a good, but a seriously great camera squeezed in is essential.
That’s where Huawei’s Leica dual camera comes in. Adding a second lens isn’t just about grabbing headlines, it’s about offering images that surpass what should be possible with a smartphone.
Slotted within the Huawei P9, Huawei Mate 9 and brilliant new Huawei P10, this smartphone camera won’t just replace your old compact camera, it’s coming after your DSLR too. How? Well it’s got all this going for it…
THE BENEFITS OF A LEICA DUAL CAMERA
Far more than a gimmick, there are plenty of reasons why a dual camera is a benefit over a traditional, single-lens unit. Perhaps the biggest though is light. A second lens with a second sensor means more light and intricate details can be captured.
This is key to better, more detailed shots, especially when shooting at night or indoors, with the Huawei P10 camera’s f/2.2 aperture lenses (and even larger f/1.8 lenses on the Huawei P10 Plus). It is how Huawei’s Leica dual cameras make use of all this extra light and information that really make it special though.
While one lens captures vivid colours, the other focuses on intricate black and white detail, shooting only in monochrome. Huawei’s intelligent merging algorithm combines the two images, with the result being photos with more detail, depth and vibrancy than anything else on the market.
This whole process is instant, too, with a dual-core ISP instantly melding the two stills into a single, lifelike image. With the lenses having been co-engineered around Leica’s formidable standards, the results are warm and iconic.
Huawei’s Leica dual camera isn’t just about that extra lens though. It plays host to a mass of features all working together to make it the best smartphone camera.
ADDING HYBRID FOCUS FOR SHARP, SPEEDY IMAGES
Traditionally, a camera’s focus uses one of two technologies, contrast or phase detection. The Hybrid Focus technology fitted to Huawei’s Leica dual cameras, however, combines both of these methods and chucks laser focus and depth focus in for good measure – it also automatically selects the one that yields the best result. In fact, the 4 in 1 Hybrid Focus technology allows the consumer to achieve fast and accurate focus in almost all situations.
Combining the four to great effect, the cameras are able to focus not only quicker, but more accurately and with greater stability too. That means those can’t-miss photo opportunities are now, finally, just that. Even in low light, a traditional stumbling block for smartphone snappers, focusing is sharp and speedy. This sets Huawei’s camera zoom apart, as it does not have to use a smaller aperture or digital zoom in low light conditions to achieve quality images.
Hybrid Zoom is also a feature that gives users more versatility, allowing them to zoom in while still retaining super-high sharpness. While most camera phones only use digital zoom, due to the large amount of information collected with the dual sensor, Hybrid Zoom is equivalent to optical zoom cameras. Huawei’s camera zoom also works well at in-between zoom limits like 1.1x or 1.9x, whereas competitive devices operate well with pre-set zoom levels.
It improves the smoothness, clarity and simplicity of portrait photography.
CREATING A BOKEH EFFECT FOR IMPACTFUL IMAGES
The bokeh effect is a sign of a quality camera. Artistically blurring out elements of your photos can have a dramatic, often impactful effect, but it’s usually reserved for expensive, professional-grade cameras. Not any more though, thanks to Huawei’s dual camera set-up, you can now achieve this with your phone, and the results are great.
Bokeh is possible thanks to the Leica dual cameras ability to capture distance information (depth). Huawei’s smartphone cameras capture the depth information of every subject in view. Knowing each subject’s relative position enables a world of advanced features based on computational imaging, including creating natural-looking out of focus shots.
To get started, you’ll need to enter the dedicated shooting mode (this only takes one more screen tap), and position your subject in the foreground. Once set up, tap, focus and snap. That’s it, you’re done.
Now when you view your bokeh shots, you can tap the edit button to enter editing mode, tap on the area you want to be in focus and even tweak the level of background or foreground blurring to create the perfect shot. A wide aperture icon means you can tweak your photo just so. Because Huawei’s Leica dual camera is algorithm-driven, you can even adjust the aperture level or refocus after the image is taken – if so desired.
MONOCHROME MASTERY ENHANCES IMAGES
That monochrome lens isn’t just there to big-up the quality of colour shots. When used as the primary means of image capture, it shines. That’s because instead of simply offering a black and white shooting mode that plays with colour levels during post-processing, Huawei’s Leica dual camera can shoot straight in monochrome.
Bringing style and class to your photos, monochrome shots can add everything from a bit of vintage mystery to timeless, impactful style. To shoot in monochrome, just select the option from the list of photo modes and start snapping.
By having a dedicated monochrome lens, the depth of tones and detail picked up by the camera surpasses any other smartphone camera out there. It brings out shades and shadows otherwise missed and without relying on post-processing, doesn’t lose any of this brilliant detail.
GAINING AN EXTRA EDGE WITH PROFESSIONAL CAMERA MODE
Sometimes playing within the rules just isn’t enough. Occasionally you need to go out on your own and tweak each and every setting to your own style. Thankfully, not only do Huawei’s Leica dual cameras give you all the features and abilities you need to capture great images, you’re also given the reigns to do with it whatever you wish.
Take vivid colours mode, for example. This will get you a more typical (higher) smartphone camera saturation level, in case the ‘Leica look’ isn’t for you. Also available at your fingertips is light trail mode – which lets you play with the light around you – as well as document scan mode, perfect for automatically turning a screenshot from any angle into a ‘front on’ image.
These let you tweak and tailor every intricate level and function from the white balance to ISO and manual focus point. More specifically, there’s a ‘horizontal level’ option in settings that means you can guarantee your shots are always straight.
A camera for those who demand nothing but the best, this imaging master has another trick up its sleeve.
Although there is a wide range of editing options directly on the phone, the camera also lets you save images in their native, uncompressed RAW file standard. This means you can pull them across to your computer and have at each and every tiny pixel in Photoshop or simply blow them up huge for poster prints.
The Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 on the Huawei P10 and the Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro Edition on the Huawei P10 Plus have something even more special to offer: a brand new portrait mode made for users who want to create more natural-looking photos than ever before. Dynamic illumination enables professional studio-like re-lighting and beautifying effects, while the new depth-of-field algorithm makes portraits shaper, clearer and brighter.
GIVE YOUR IMAGES THE LEICA LOOK
Taking things a step further, Huawei’s Leica dual cameras feature something truly unique in the smartphone space: Leica film modes.
More than just mere filters, this trio of modes capture Leica’s unrivalled photography heritage to bring the essence of the iconic Leica look. Each subtly adjusting the image taken, there are Standard, Vivid and Smooth modes.
Accessed via the main camera screen, these effects will transform your snaps into luxurious shots unique among the mass of shared smartphone snaps.
You can also achieve Leica image style in your selfies thanks to the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus’s world-first 8MP Leica front camera. With an all-new sensor that captures more light and improves selfie image quality, the camera is equipped to capture selfies as well as group shots – the latter of ensues an automatic transition from regular to wide angle mode if it detects more than two people.