OK so my title is maybe a little over dramatic but I believe there is becoming less and less need for a pocket point and shoot camera. Most of us carry our mobiles everywhere these days and therefore we always have something at hand to shoot with and the quality on phones is getting better and better. Why carry a camera and a phone and why pay the extra money for a camera? Now I’m not talking about higher end compact cameras I’m talking more about the occasional, opportunistic shooter that keeps a camera in their bag, pocket or car. As the saying goes “the best camera is the one at hand” and the one most of us have to hand is our mobile phone.
For years now the best mobile to capture anything on has always been an iPhone, the picture quality has been great and you can make excellent prints from them. However these days there are so many good phones with really excellent cameras on them, the iPhone is no longer the only viable option. The Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10,the LG G5 and the Nexus 6P, all of these are top phones and top cameras. They each have their strong points and their gimmicks and each will leave you satisfied with the snaps they take, however if I said Huawei, would any of you think of them being a true competitor to any of the aforementioned?
Now this post isn’t a phone review as such, it’s about my choice of phone and how flexible I’ve found it to be. All pictures within this post have been taken on the Huawei P9.
Back in May I changed my phone from my old LG G2 over to the Huawei P9. Now I spent months looking into phones and their camera’s, reading and watching review after review, playing around with the handsets and seeing which one fitted best. In the end I opted for the P9, mainly because of its camera’s. It has dual camera’s, one for RGB and one for black and white only and the quality is just fantastic. You have full manual controls as well as a host of others options to change the way you shoot and to give you certain types of shots.
I’ve been blown away by the quality and control that I have and felt it was worth sharing some shots I’ve taken on it. Now maybe my shots are not quite as good as I think, or maybe they are, you be the judge. However I do feel confident that they prove the Huawei P9 has one of the best cameras out there on a phone.
It goes to show though how far mobile cameras have come on in recent years. They’ll never replace a CSC or DSLR however a lot of modern phones shoot in RAW and they are now good enough that they can replace most point and shoot cameras.
I love the depth of field option in the camera, it allows you to be more creative. Its gives the same effect as you would get on a DSLR using a low F-stop and it can create a lovely bokeh effect.
It’s also has good low light performance. It does tend to lighten an image a little too much sometimes however most evening shots work out well.
You’ll also find some interesting options for taking shots with a slow shutter speed. Here’s a few slow shutter shots taken with the P9.
If I’ve peaked your interest in this phone then here are some reviews worth checking out.
Pocket Now, they do a full camera review in detail and compare it to the other high end phones. https://youtu.be/9XWu3v0juJI
GSM Arena, a fair an honest review. http://m.gsmarena.com/huawei_p9-review-1428p10.php
Here are some more photos.