How to use the P9 to get that Leica look

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  • Friday, 26 Aug 2016


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German lenses create a distinctive style in the photography world, also known to photography hobbyists as the ‘German-style’. These images captured by German lenses create sharp details even in dark areas; smooth, clear and rich atmospheres; breathtaking colours with rich tones of red and blue, with a hint of darkness.The combination produces a distinct image that can stimulate the visual senses.

One of Leica’s signature qualities is the ability to capture deep colours. Bright areas will appear slightly red – for example when colours such as yellow are captured, the image will appear slightly orange-yellow rather than bright yellow. Leica cameras can capture an added slight blue-purple tone when photographing dark areas. The overall colour saturation will appear higher, producing an image with enhanced vibrant colours similar to the effect of an oil painting.



Leica cameras can also capture the essence of the atmosphere when photographing. It possess the ability to analyse and recreate an image, capturing the light and dark areas with amazing detail. Colours taken from Leica cameras also have a good amount of depth,promising rich and exquisite images. The photos give a sense of immersion to the viewers,capturing the stereoscopic effect of the atmosphere, giving the image a lifelike feel to it.



The Huawei P9 is Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone that was co-engineered with Leica,entailing expert craftsmanship from both companies. The Huawei P9 comes with a 12-megapixel dual-lens camera that has two separate image sensors. The RGB sensor records the vibrant and rich colours, and the monochrome sensor captures the fine and crisp details. By combining images from both sensors, the Huawei P9 can bring you an image with true Leica style, as seen in the images above, all captured by the Huawei P9.

To achieve the ‘Leica look’, users can use the three different settings in Film Mode. In the Film Mode, users can choose between Standard, Vivid or Smooth to set the perfect mood to the user’s liking.


So let’s take a look at the photos taken using Standard and Vivid colours in the Film Mode. Photos taken on the left are taken in Standard, and on the right are photos taken in VividColours.



As seen in the images above, the difference is fairly obvious. Whether it is the colour,contrast between light and dark, and the smoothness of the image, they are all enhanced when taken in Vivid Colours.

The Huawei P9 also has a feature for users to add on a Leica watermark to the images. All you have to do is go to camera settings, then turn on ‘Automatically Add Watermark’ and all the photos taken will then have the Leica watermark.

Photo: Richard Guo

Photo: Aqmal Hadi

In conjunction of Merdeka month,Huawei Malaysia is having a promotion on selected Huawei devices, including the Leica certified Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. The #WeiTo MalaysiaDay Celebration promotion starts from Aug 8 to Oct 2 this year. Customers can walkaway with free gifts when purchasing selected Huawei devices and can even stand a chance to win a trip for two to Switzerland!

So what are you waiting for? Head down to the nearest Huawei retail store and experience the ‘German-style’ for yourself with the Huawei P9 now!

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