At the opening of Photokina 2018, Leica Camera AG, Panasonic, and Sigma announced a strategic partnership. The collaboration enables Panasonic and Sigma to make use of the L-Mount standard developed by Leica for their own developments and to offer both cameras and lenses utilizing this lens mount. Continue reading “Panasonic, Leica, SIGMA team up to bring L-mount mirrorless camera lens”
Leica today has launched the C-LUX camera in India. It is the company’s newest addition to its compact camera segment. It features Leica DC Vario-Elmar 8.8–132 mm f/3.3–6.4 ASPH and a high-performance 20-megapixel sensor that is capable of shooting 10 frames per second. Continue reading “Leica C-Lux compact camera with 15x Optical Zoom, 4K Video recording launched in India for Rs. 85000”
This week Samsung, as we had exclusively reported, launched Galaxy A9 Pro (SM-A9100), the company’s latest top-end smartphone in the ‘Galaxy A’ series in India. Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, Lenovo’s three new 4G VoLTE smartphones, new 4K TVs and more”
Leica is known to be a brand to be reckoned with in terms of photography. Their cameras are a league apart and their recent collaboration with Huawei on the P9 and P9 Plus has yielded some great results. However, something that most people wouldn’t have guessed Leica to ever be working on is exactly what they announced today. An instant camera; called Sofort.
The concept of dual cameras isn’t new to the smartphone world. No, we aren’t referring to the front and rear cameras on smartphones. What we mean is dual cameras at the rear of the smartphone. Over the past half a decade or so, we have seen several different implementations of dual camera smartphones but none of them has been able to grab attention like the Huawei P9 does. What’s the reason? Let’s find out.
Up until August, there was possibly only one front-runner for the title of best camera-phone on the market and that was the Samsung Galaxy S7/ Edge. However, Huawei just released the P9 and it packs some seriously impressive photography abilities thanks to its Dual Leica Lens camera setup. In this post we’ll be examining samples taken by both phones to see which one will take the title of best camera-phone.
The Huawei P8 was a bold move from the company to follow up the Ascend P7 smartphone. There isn’t much to talk about the Ascend P7 but the P8 was an entirely different story. It offered one of the most fluid performances of any Android smartphone at the time and the features too were flagship material. However, the smartphone didn’t receive as much attention as it should’ve. At least not until the Nexus 6P came along. It took a bit of Google and Nexus branding for the world to recognize the kind of high level engineering that Huawei is able to achieve. The Nexus 6P is perhaps the best Nexus device ever made and I am sure a lot of people will agree with me on that. When people recognized the benefits and the quality that Huawei was able to provide, the P8 also got some attention. However, the brand needed something to follow up to the P8 and something that would really grab the attention of everyone. The result is the Huawei P9 with Dual Leica Lens which truly is an engineering marvel on paper with the dual Leica lenses. In the past, we’ve seen how such dual lens setups have failed to impress the average buyer but this time around, things seem different. Let’s find out how in the review.
Definitely the most important part of the P9 is the camera. Lets get the specifications out of the way first. The P9 has Dual 12 Megapixel Sony IMX286 sensors at the back which make use of Leica optics. One is RGB while the other is a Monochrome sensor. Both of them have a 27mm focal length, an f2.2 aperture and are assisted by Laser AF as well as a dual-tone LED flash. The pixel size is at 1.25 microns which is bigger than the 1.12 micro pixel size of the P8. Lets take a look at some samples to see how well the phone does.
Huawei has partnered up with Leica to redefine mobile photography. Partnerships between two companies aren’t something new especially when it comes to smartphones. Over the years, we’ve had several partnerships provide us with a wide variety of products that promised a whole different experience. However not every partnership has resulted in results that are worth boasting about be it in favor of the brands or the end-user. But, when done right, it can totally change the game forever.
The Panasonic Lumia CM1 which is more camera than phone as it packs a large 1 inch sensor into a smartphone’s body is now available for pre-order in USA at a price of US$ 999.99. Continue reading “Panasonic Lumix CM1 now available for pre-order in USA for US$ 999”