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Huawei Y9 Prime 2019: First Camera Samples

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Other than being the most affordable phone with a notchless full-screen design with a pop-up camera module yet, Huawei didn't skimp on features to make Y9 Prime 2019 a competitive all-rounder. In fact, it has respectable overall specs for its PHP 12,990 asking price.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019: First Camera Samples
Triple-cam on a budget

Related: Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Review - Affordable pop-up camera phone

The result? Like other Huawei mid-rangers, Y9 Prime 2019 is equipped with good camera specs.
Familiar camera UI
Familiar camera UI

At the back, it goes with a 16MP f/1.8 primary shooter with a 6P element lens to gather more light and PDAF for faster/more accurate focus. It is paired with an 8MP f/2.4 120-degree ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 PDAF focus.

The triple-camera system behind is assisted by AI that can recognize and optimize 22 categories and 500+ scenes in real-time.

It is also one of the few with an AI-assisted Super Night Mode tech for handheld long exposure shots to let you take better low light shots.
Pop-up cam
Pop-up cam

For selfies, it goes with a 16MP f/2.2 shooter with AI that can optimize up to 8 different scenes.

It also has the 3D Portrait feature for both the main and selfie cameras to use the studio-like lighting effects.

Anyway, here are some of our first few shots!

Camera Samples

Natural-looking daylight shot
Natural-looking daylight shot
Oversharpened daylight shot
Oversharpened daylight shot
Respectable ultra-wide shot
Respectable ultra-wide shot
Natural colors, but dynamic range is lesser than expected
Natural colors, but dynamic range is lesser than expected
Another respectable wide shot
Another respectable wide shot
Close-up shot
Close-up shot
Background blur sample
Indoor sample
Indoor sample
Soft low light shot
Soft low light shot
Super Night Mode to the rescue
Super Night Mode to the rescue
Soft, grainy, and blurry low light shot using the ultra-wide lens
Soft, grainy, and blurry low light shot using the ultra-wide lens
Good exposure yet a bit soft-looking view of BGC at night
Good exposure yet a bit soft-looking view of BGC at night
Super Night Mode is amazing
Super Night Mode is amazing

Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie and selfie with bokeh
Daylight selfie and selfie with bokeh
Low light selfies
Low light selfies

Quick thoughts

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019's back cameras come with snappy shooting speed, reliable focus, possible macro shots in daylight, and speedy saving time.

Daylight images with the AI turned on is hit or miss. We had shots with accurate colors, but we also got images with oversaturated colors and oversharpened edges. But when it works, it works well!

Exposure and dynamic range are also respectable though there are times where images might look a bit dull.

The ultra-wide lens is good in daylight with minimal distortion. It'll struggle a little with artificial light though. Portrait mode also works with decent depth estimation and background to subject separation. Edges could have been a bit cleaner though.

Low light performance is decent, thanks to its f/1.8 primary shooter. However, it might still look noisy and soft for most. Gladly, it has one of the nicest AI-assisted night modes around.

However, the night mode is not available for the ultra-wide lens. It resulted in soft and blurry ultra-wide images in the dark.

For selfies, its 16MP f/2.2 pop-up cam is one of the nicest for the price with good color reproduction, decent details, and nice HDR effect. Face beauty could be aggressive at times, so turn it off if it is too much for you. It'll also struggle a little in low light, but you can always use its screen flash.

Overall, Huawei Y9 Prime 2019's cameras didn't blow us away. But, it doesn't mean that it is not a good phone for photography. In fact, it can take respectable images in its class despite being a design-focused smartphone first.

To those who are interested, Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is now available for pre-order. Those who will pre-order until July 12, 2019 will get a FREE Premium Bluetooth Speaker worth PHP 1,790.
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