Hi friends, I apologize. It’s been a while. Long story short, I lost a hard drive full of my images sometime last year and took some time off for myself to recover my spirits, but in that time I also managed to recover those images from some of my backup drives.

Let’s talk about the Huawei P9. Launched April 6 last year, I was fortunate enough to be approached by Huawei to take the P9 out and make some photos. The highlight of the Huawei P9, as people know by now, is the dual-camera and lens system co-engineered with Leica. I would argue it appears to be more a branding collaboration than actual hardware integration. 

That said, the P9’s Monochrome mode got my attention really quickly. Unlike other smartphones where photos are taken with RGB sensors and then desaturated to black-and-white, the P9’s implementation is carried out with a dedicated monochrome sensor for authenticity. 

Using the Monochrome mode was enjoyable. In fact, I ended up primarily shooting in Monochrome mode on the P9 due to my sheer delight at the results.

You’ll be glad to note that for the few times I shot in color, the pictures came out vibrant with plenty of saturation which I felt expressed a similar character to the renditions from a Leica M240, a camera I was fortunate to have had some limited time with.

The P9 also includes a dedicated depth sensor that allows users to mimic depth of field. I prefer the natural effects of bokeh from ‘actual’ camera setups to simulated bokeh effects on a smartphone, but I found that shooting portraits at F8 with the Huawei P9 was a sweet spot for the bokeh effect.

P9 using the wide aperture effect at F8 and converted to Monochrome in Lightroom

All in all, the Huawei P9 does not seek to replace your mirrorless or DSLR cameras. What it is, is a nice smartphone camera designed with a whole variety of features to assist you in getting the photos you want.

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