Being a makeup enthusiast/blogger, taking selfies, product shots and flat lays are usually part of my routine so having a phone equipped with a good camera is a must for me.
Today let’s deviate from my usual makeup/beauty review and find out if Huawei P9 is the right phone for you. Take note though, that this review is very basic, exactly how I find this phone as a simple human being who loves to blog and do makeup.
This phone is elegantly designed with a full brushed metal thin body of 6.95mm, very comparable to the iPhone 6s, lightweight and smooth.
It has a 5.2-inch display which to me, is a good size for watching Youtube videos. The screen is glossy but has a nice feel to it so even if it is lightweight it does not slide off from my hand easily.
No home button since all of the navigational keys are on-screen.
The earphone jack, charging port and speaker can be found on the bottom part.
On the right side is the volume rocker and the power button. On the left, the nano SIM tray.
On the back part is where this phone gets a bit more interesting, at least for me, it has the dual-sensor camera, flash as well as the fingerprint reader which is very helpful if you take a lot of selfies because it can be used to trigger the shutter and scroll through photos and answer a call.
Overall, this phone is a beauty. Huawei P9 comes in white, gray, silver and gold (with 3 different variations).
Okay, so let’s get on to the juicy part of this review, the camera performance. It takes great photos even in low-light, in a moving vehicle and even better outdoors. However, the video is not as good of a quality compared to my Canon G5x, of course, it lacks the image stabilization which is a must in a vlogging camera. You can watch my vlog for a sample video:
The dual-lenses can deliver better light sensitivity therefore better photo quality even in low lighting.
The camera setup is co-engineered by Leica, which is why to me is a great camera for bloggers scroll down below to find out why.
In comparison with the iPhone 6s, Huawei P9 delivers more crisp and true to life colors which makes this a more reliable camera for taking product shots involving colors and different shades.
Display: 5.2″ LCD Panel, 1920×1080 resolution
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1
Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 955
Storage: 32GB + microSD
Cameras: 12 megapixel Dual-sensor Leica rear camera with LED flash, 8 megapixel front camera
Weight: 144 grams
Additional features: Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, LTE-capable, fingerprint scanner
Retail package contains USB cable, charger, earphones, manuals and the unit.
The Huawei P9 has all the camera features a newbie blogger needs. It can replace the usual point and shoot ones especially for bloggers like me who attends events and hates to bring bulky DSLRs, this camera is enough to take blog-worthy photos. The rich and vibrant color is particularly important for me when shooting makeup products especially swatches. It gives true-to-life colors with good exposure. Being able to adjust the depth of field of the shots, works exactly like a DSLR, however it can create an unrealistic blur so take note of this.
I am not really a big fan of the beauty mode though, it gives a distorted look to my face each time I try to use it but the good thing is it can easily be adjusted. I was surprised also to see a Beauty Video mode on it which reminds of a particular Snapchat filter. But for beauty bloggers I doubt this beauty mode feature is even needed. It elongates the face, hides and conceals blemishes so quite unnecessary especially if I am reviewing foundations. I do love though how it does not look too obvious (unless set on 10).
Overall, this phone is a must buy IF the camera features on a phone is in your priority list. It does take GREAT quality photos with a DSLR feel with each one even in low light settings. Battery life is good, no heating issues so far plus the phone looks elegant.