How to use the Huawei P9 dual Leica camera

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How to use the Huawei P9 dual Leica camera

To create the new dual camera on the Huawei P9, the Chinese tech giant teamed up with German camera legends, Leica. That means the P9 is one of the best camera phones around, and to help you get the most out of it, we’ve created this quick how to guide.

How to set the aperture

One of the best things about the dual camera setup is that it gives you more control over the aperture than you get on any other phone. You can choose an aperture from f/16 to f/0.95, which lets you create unbeatable background blur effects.

To set the aperture, open the camera and tap the round icon at the top of the screen. Now tap to focus and use the slider that pops up to change the ‘f’ number. You can see the effect straight away in the view-finder.

How to focus after you’ve taken a photo

If you don’t have time to play with the aperture as you set up your shot, the Huawei P9 actually lets you refocus and change the aperture after you’ve taken the photo. That means you can shoot quickly and worry about what’s in focus when you’ve got the time.

To change the focus after you’ve taken a photo, open the camera and tap the round icon at the top. Now take a photo and open it in the gallery. Tap the button at the bottom of the picture and then tap anywhere on the photo to focus on that spot. You can also use the slider that pops up to change the aperture for an even more dramatic effect.

How to shoot in black and white

One of the things that make’s the Huawei P9’s dual cameras so unique is that one of them only captures a black and white image. This black and white camera can capture more detail than normal ones as there’s no colour filter in the way, which is why the P9 photos are so sharp.

This also means you can capture really amazing black and white photos that look like they’ve come from a professional photo.

To take photos using the Huawei P9’s black and white camera, launch the camera app and swipe to the right. Now tap Monochrome.

Have you been using the dual Leica cameras on the Huawei P9? Give us your tips for a perfect photo in the comments below.

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