Huawei P10

By: Adam Łukowski

For aesthetes and photography enthusiasts


The small, but powerful and a loud speaker is responsible for the sound. It is placed at the lower part of the housing, in its right corner. It is a pity that the manufacturer did not choose to place stereo speakers, however the one in P10 works really good and it gives a clear, undistorted sound even at the highest volume. Of course the quality is not the same as in smartphones with stereo speakers. The on in P10 is good, but it is not satisfying enough…

The Music app responsible for playing audio files deserves a recognition. It supports playlists and it sorts songs according to titles, artists, albums and folders. In addition its background changes dynamically, adjusting its colours to the album cover of the currently played song.

Camera with the Leica logo

Photographic capabilities were probably the most advertised features of the newest flagship. According to the specification we have a dual-lens Leica camera with an f/2.2 aperture and two lenses: a 12-megapixel RGB and a 20-megapixel monochromatic one, with a hybrid autofocus, an optical image stabilization (OIS) and a dual-tone LED flash.

The camera represents colours well, it greatly adjusts parameters to conditions in the auto mode, it works well with the weak lighting, it has a quick autofocus, it allows achieving a nice bokeh effect on photos, it has a great portrait mode and it allows taking true black-and-white photos. The zooming effect is great, though there is no optical zoom. When it comes to 1-2x zoom (along with in between values) there is no major loss in the quality, only above the 2x zoom we have a typical, digital zoom with its flaws.

I very much enjoy the portrait mode, which assures not only tweaking parameters for exposing the face better, but a bokeh effect as well, that nicely isolates the photographed person from the surrounding. It is a pity that we cannot see it in the preview while taking a photo (when it comes to the front camera there is a live preview). The camera works well in macro shots, I like the work of the HDR mode – I only wish that the icon for turning it on or off were somewhere at the top and not in the tab with other modes (or the option of the auto HDR mode in the auto mode). In addition we can quickly run the camera app and take a photo by pressing the volume down button twice.

And what I can complain about? With photos in worse lighting condition there can be noises – this is the fault of the f/2.2 aperture, while the competition uses apertures with lower values that catch more light, for example f/1.7 in Samsung Galaxy S7, f/1.8 in iPhone 7 or f/2.0 in the Google Pixel smartphone. A better aperture f/1.8 is even installed in P10 Plus. Still, photographic capabilities of P10 are above average.

I have confronted my feelings towards the work of the camera with results from the DxOMark site, which tests and reviews cameras and lenses. Huawei P10 has achieved a great, though not the best score of 87 points, becoming one of the bests smartphones for photography enthusiasts.

There is not much to complain about when it comes to the camera app. It is intuitive, it does not hide too many important functions and settings and it allows to quickly adjust photo parameters so that we can take a perfect shot. On the left side of the display there are shortcuts for selected themes and filters, switching to the front camera and changing flash settings (there should be an option of editing this bar, because I would prefer shortcuts other than default ones), on the right there is a miniature of the last photo and a trigger for the shutter and a switch for capturing videos. With swiping our finger right we will see the tab with modes, while swiping it to the left – with settings. The icon next to the trigger allows quickly showing bars of the professional mode – it covers features like measuring the light, ISO, exposition time, compensating the exposition, focus and white balance. It is strange that they are properly displayed only when holding it vertically, they do not change their position while holding the phone horizontally.

Here are results of photography:

When it comes to recording videos Huawei P10 supports the maximum resolution of 4K with 30FPS (it uses the H.265 codec that is not being used by YouTube yet), and Full HD with 60FPS. I have no major concerns towards the quality, the optical image stabilization worked well while filming in motion.

At the front there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture signed by Leica and it is equally impressive as the front camera, though it lacks a Led flash and autofocus. It allows recording images in the maximum resolution of 3264x2448 pixels (4:3 ratio) and videos in Full HD. It is worth using the portrait mode while using the front camera, which slightly brightenss and exposes the face, and the background is blurred (the simulated bokeh effect). Usually it works correctly and it gives nice effects, though sometimes a part of the face or elements that should not be affected were blurred as well – algorithms need to be perfected. We can add colour filters, and when the camera will find more faces in its vicinity – it will widen the shot so that everyone will fit in the photo.

Here is the comparison of a photo in the normal and in the portrait mode:

And here are additional photos from the front camera, taken in different lighting conditions:

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By: Adam Łukowski

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