Huawei Mate 9 Pro Review: Camera
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Brands=OLYMPUS;Model=E-400;Focal Length=50mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=100mm;F-number=F14.0;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO125;White Balance=Manual;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Soft;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1/160seconds;Exposure Program=Manual;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.17 08:14:53

Although the cameras on Mate 9 Pro and Mate9 have the same specifications, they are all second-generation Leica Dual Camera with a 12MP RGB sensor and 20MP monochrome sensor, and the focus length is 27mm, aperture is F2.2, we still find that they are different.

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Before reading this article, we recommend you to read Huawei Mate 9 Review: Camera, as both of them are the same in hardware, metering,autofocus, and camera app. Both Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro are provided by our readers, but we have returned Mate 9, so we cannot compare them in the same scene.

White Balance, Color, and Image Quality

Let's have a look at Mate 9 Pro's photos first.

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Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=864000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.13 16:47:42
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=918000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.13 15:59:41
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=303000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.13 14:35:06
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=895000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.13 15:16:01
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=954000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.13 15:56:24
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1327000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.13 14:55:10
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1305000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.02.23 14:31:33
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1327000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.02.23 14:34:52
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=810000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.02.23 13:21:34
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=988000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.02.23 13:06:40
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=8256000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.04.11 18:35:20
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO160;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=20000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.04.11 18:32:31
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO500;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=50000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.08 19:26:39
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO800;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=60000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.08 19:15:52
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO800;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=120000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.08 19:09:22

If you compare those photos with Mate 9's,you will find that the color performance are different.

Let's see those comparisons.

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Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=945000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.27 12:38:48
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=743000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.02.23 12:29:33
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1063000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.27 12:34:16
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1306000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.02.23 13:27:07
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1195000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.27 13:36:29
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=936000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.02.23 14:08:31
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1062000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.27 14:19:33
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1306000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.02.23 13:27:07
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO50;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=1195000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.27 13:36:29
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO250;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=30000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.09 12:01:20
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO250;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=30000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.14 14:28:59
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO400;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=40000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.09 12:03:14
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO400;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=40000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.14 14:32:48
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO250;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=30000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.03.09 12:01:20
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO250;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=30000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.14 14:28:59
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=LON-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO125;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=20000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2017.04.11 18:37:49
Brands=HUAWEI;Model=MHA-AL00;Focal Length=4mm;Focal Length In 35mm Format=27mm;F-number=F2.2;Metering Mode=Pattern;ISO Speed=ISO80;White Balance=Auto;Contrast=Normal;Saturation=Normal;Sharpness=Normal;Exposure Bias Value=0.0EV;Exposure Time=20000000/1000000000seconds;Exposure Program=Normal program;Scene Capture Type=Standard;DateTime=2016.12.15 17:40:39

Those photos are taken in similar scenes,but not at the same time, and a little different in composition.

Apparently, Mate 9 Pro made progress in colors, it looks more vivid, while Mate 9 looks plain and conservative.Compared with Mate 9, the Mate 9 Pros colors are more appealing.

For a long time, color accuracy is an important fact for a camera evaluation. Also, lots smartphone cameras are insisting on color accuracy, so the colors are plain, someone says that this is for post processing. However, we consider this plain trend is not that suitable for smartphones, while looking good should be. Mate 9 Pro looks much better, we cannot figure out whether the difference is brought by the model or the latest OS, but we think this change is positive.

Mate 9 Pro remains the neutral warmth color trend, and more vivid. The enhance of saturation helps the color performance.No matter you switch Auto-HDR on or off, the Mate 9 would HDR, the difference only remains on the HDR degree. To gain tolerance, many phones are too hard on HDR, Mate 9 Pro is not an exception, but this hard would bring a gray photo with lower texture performance. You can see this negative effect on a Corridor of the Summer Palace.

Mate 9 Pro also have a camera with mono chrome sensor, which is more sensitive to luminance layering. The monochrome mode is using this camera to shoot. Photos taken by this camera is much more dedicate than ordinary monochrome photos converted from colored photos. Lots Huawei enthusiasts call the vivid mode as Leica style. However, under this mode, the saturation is too high that details, layering would be lost, and vignetting would be produced. Compared with Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro's vivid mode is not that hard.Sometimes, errors may occur in this vivid mode, such as one side purple.

Wide aperture mode is bokeh simulation,which is popular now, but far from matured. If you are experienced in shooting,you can get some photos that enough for social media, while if you are not that experienced, you would get lots photos that need to delete immediately.

  • Dual-Camera with a RGB One and a Monochrome One
    Not Providing Better Image Quality Than Those Best Single Camera Smartphones
    First-Class in China Brand Smartphones
    First Step to Bokeh Simulation Application
    Ideal Lens Optical Quality
    Fast AF Speed
    Reliable Bright-Trending Metering
    Stable AWB
    Light-Trending Standard Color Style, High Saturation Vivid Color Style
    Needed to Be Improved Panorama Mode
    Better Color Than Mate 9

Compared with Mate 9, Mate 9 Pros colors are more appealing. From the technology aspect, this is not a big step, but from the viewing aspect, this vivid is popular. In our opinion, this change is good, Huawei can take a further step in colors. However, Mate 9 Pro does not make progress in image quality, for no better low light photos, no more details, no more effective anti-shake system. Mate 9 Pro can be considered as the first-class camera in China brand smartphones, but just in China, not all the world.

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