Whether or not do they have a knack for it, everyone wants to click beautiful pictures. However, creating a beautiful composition requires understanding the game of light, the subject, the surroundings, and more, while having the right equipment.... unless you are a pro capable of drawing the best out of any shooter, which is kind of not the point here. Not everyone possesses photography as a skill. Much to our delight, there are smartphone cameras out there with shooting capabilities which have already replaced the point-and-shoots. And there are phonemakers out there striving for even better performance. A result of this pursuit is the latest flagship from Huawei, dubbed the P9.
The smartphone utilises nothing but the best... cameras certified by the German camera manufacturer Leica. To top it up, the Huawei P9 has not one, but two cameras on its rear. But, you’ve seen dual-camera setups on smartphones before, haven’t you? Therefore, Huawei took it a step further by using one RGB and one monochrome sensor on its smartphone. In layman’s words, if you fancy black-and-white pictures, the Huawei P9 lets you click in greyscale, instead of requiring you to click a regular image, and edit it in an app later. Obviously, during all this while, the P9 lets you click regular images as well.
What’s wrong with editing in an app, you ask? We’ll try and answer that for you. For a very long time, greyscale was all that you could click in. But, ever since colour photography came into existence, monochrome photography became a thing of the past. You know how after a while, things of past become things of exquisiteness.
Black and white images look timeless and more expressive, and there’s a reason behind it. With the right lighting and composition, you can draw all the attention to the subject, eliminating all the distraction which is sometimes a result of all the varied and bright colours in the scene. Interestingly, this can be done in extreme scene settings too. You’ll find that clicking in monochrome while on a chaotic street, or in a barren field will draw attention to both the crowd, and the bare trees in respective images, all the same. Not to forget, your images turn out more dramatic when clicked in monochrome.
These outputs can be recreated on a similar level if you use editing software like Photoshop or Lightroom, or make use of colour filters, which is not what everyone is willing to do every time they need a black-and-white picture. The more handy smartphone editing apps reduce the quality of your image altogether. Moreover, to bring out the perfect play of black, white and in-between greys, you sometimes will need to colour correct your primary image. The Huawei P9’s monochrome sensor saves you all this hassle and lets you create dramatic black-and-white shots in all their glory. And since you’re using a 12MP Leica sensor to click, image quality should not even be a concern.
While we’re at the topic of quality, the Huawei P9 delivers just as amazing results with its colour images as well. The monochrome sensor captures all the contrast perfectly with the RGB sensor adding colour information to it and composing a stunning picture with great details, colours, and contrast. In a nutshell, the Huawei P9 is a great shooter, and its monochrome sensor is an additional perk you get. While an RGB image can be processed later to create just as great a greyscale image as one clicked with a monochrome sensor, it involves some skills and good software. The Huawei P9 gives a regular user the liberty to experiment and bring out the artist in him or her, without needing to be an expert.