Huawei and Leica shocked the world of mobile photography way back in February when they announced their partnership with a goal of creating the best possible camera phone. The result of their collaboration is the Huawei P9 series, smartphones that touts dual Leica lenses.
|Leica really helped in making the camera of Huawei P9 great|
However, it got some widespread controversy, criticisms and rumors from other online tech media publications that Leica having almost no input in designing the P9's dual camera module and just received certification from the world renowned camera brand. In that sense, most speculated that Huawei only placed the Leica branding there just for show.
Fortunately, even if the lenses were really made by Sunny Optical, those reports were inaccurate based on the official statement by both Huawei and Leica. Both of them are very much deeply involved with the development of the product. Leica was involved in designing the camera's mechanical construction and development of its image processing algorithms.
Here's the official statement of Huawei and Leica
In February, Huawei and Leica announced a long-term strategic partnership. The camera function is the most used smartphone application and our aim is to bring it up to the high standards demanded by the Leica product philosophy. Leica brings to the cooperation their expertise gathered from decades of experience in optical engineering and optical design. The collaboration between Huawei and Leica aims to deliver the best possible picture quality in the smartphone segment.
Both companies have been working closely to co-engineer Huawei’s recently launched premium smartphone – the P9 – based on innovation and excellent craftsmanship.
The camera module of the P9 series and the achievable picture quality is the result of the intensive technological collaboration between Huawei and Leica. Leica has been deeply involved in the development of the camera-module of the P9 and P9 Plus. Our joint objective was to achieve the best possible image results and optical imaging performance in order to provide consumers in the smartphone photography segment with the best possible picture quality. The result raises smartphone photography to an entirely new level.
Our co-engineering is deeply embedded in the product and Leica’s contribution has involved:
- Collaborative development, evaluation and optimization of optical design (lens calculation) in compliance with Leica standards.
- Collaborative development of the mechanical construction of the camera module to reduce stray light effects (“ghost and flare”).
- Definition of imaging quality in terms of color rendition/color fidelity, white balance, stray light reduction (“ghost & flare effects”), exposure precision, dynamic range, sharpness and noise characteristics.
- Processing of image data with the aid of long-standing Leica optical and signal processing expertise.
Leica’s globally recognized expertise is based to a large extent on the ability to guarantee the narrowest tolerances on the market. This justifiable claim to excellence is naturally also an integral component of the technology partnership and is implemented in Huawei’s production processes of the P9 camera module to ensure uncompromising quality.
- Definition of the most stringent common quality standards and production requirements for serial production by Huawei to ensure consistently high quality.
Anyway, we saw traces of similarities with the color signature between the Leica Q and Huawei P9 from a friend who owns both cameras which got us really excited to its Philippine launch soon.
Now I think that both companies hope that those statements will put and end to those controversies.