Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus - Leica dual-lens camera

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus launch with Leica-branded cameras

Huawei has unveiled its 2016 flagship smartphones, and as was widely expected, a heavy emphasis was placed on the devices’ imaging performance. The Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus both feature cameras developed in partnership with Leica and designed to improve low-light performance.

As with other smartphones such as the LG G5, the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus utilise a dual-lens system for their main cameras.

When it comes to smartphone photography, the obvious area of weakness has always been low-light performance, due to the small-sized senors that have typically been used. A number of manufacturers have attempted to address this issue recently, and Huawei has followed the recent trend using a relatively low megapixel count, combined with a larger pixel size, in order to reduce low-light image noise.

In the case of the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus, both devices feature two 12 MP rear-facing sensors. Whilst one sensor captures the kind of data that is also recorded by more conventional smartphone cameras, the other exclusively captures monochrome data.

The data recorded by both sensors is combined using Huawei’s merging algorithm, in order to significantly improve contrast.

In addition, the monochrome sensor on the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus can be used for shooting black and white images.