Talk about the Huawei P10’s photographic prowess have been making the rounds since its unveiling at MWC.
We had the chance to take the P10 on a jaunt through Rome to test out its camera capabilities. Just like the bigger P10 Plus, the P10 comes with a dual camera set-up of a 20MP monochrome lens and a 12MP colour one, co-engineered with Leica. But how does that translate in real life?
Pictures speak a thousand words so we’ll leave it to the photos below to do the talking.
As you can expect, the Trevi Fountain was overrun with tourists. Shot on Wide Aperture mode, this photo tells the story beautifully by blurring out the Trevi Fountain and its visitors while focusing on the wares of one of the many carts hawking souvenirs. The beauty of this mode is that you can adjust background blur before and after you take your shot.
If you're a fickle photographer, you can tap on the same photo in your gallery (all Wide Aperture shots are marked with the icon to help you tell them apart) to have your background in focus and foreground blurred, or the entire shot in focus. It's all up to you.
This photo of a random passerby was also shot at the Trevi Fountain. It had to be a quick one and the P10 delivered with its Portrait mode. Despite the brightness of the background, the camera still managed to capture sufficient detail of this man's face, including the lines on his forehead.
The subject's face is a little softer than we'd like. Fortunately, it works in this case since the background is even softer and the contrast makes the softness forgiveable.
Finally, a partial shot of the Trevi. The P10 managed to reproduce the beautiful colours of that day with plenty of detail to boot.
One thing we’d like changed is a side swipe rather than upwards swipe to trigger the camera. This is to maintain a steady grip on the phone while trying to take a quick shot. Most times, we had to swipe it up multiple times because we didn’t succeed on the first try, and nearly dropped the phone in the process.
What would Rome be without food? This is what you have to try when you're in Rome - the famed carbonara at Antica Trattoria da Carlone. You can thank us later.
The restaurant was dully lit hence the quality of this image. But look a little closer and you can still make out individual parmesan shavings, which isn't too shabby for its f/2.2 capabilities.
Saying Trastevere's little lanes are dim is probably an understatement. You get the odd lamp mounted on the building, but that's about it.
This shot turned out pretty atmospheric, with the light from the pizzeria reflecting off the wet cobblestone street. It's as romantic as everyone probably imagines Italy to be.
Rome is not short on fountains at all. Here, the camera is quick enough to capture the detail of the water droplets. Shooting into the light also resulted in an iridescent gauzy effect that goes a long way in creating a memorable ephemeral photo.
Rome is also known as the Eternal City because the Romans believed it would go on forever. But we think it's really thanks to its famous ruins that Rome feels like a city stuck in time.
It was a cloudless day when we visited the Colosseum, making it really easy to take good photos of the famous amphitheatre.
We thought the Colosseum couldn't possibly look better until we swapped over to Monochrome mode. This is when the 20MP monochrome lens really shone, making sure not a single detail was lost even if colour was absent.
The resulting image truly reflects the timeless classic that the Colosseum is.
Outside the Colosseum, the results were equally memorable. The horse carriage was moving but we didn't get any blur, giving the still image some movement without compromising on detail.
We didn't think we'd enjoy shooting in black and white this much, but the results turned out just as great, if not better than the usual colour shots. Having a dedicated monochrome lens definitely helped as the results are purer than slapping a filter on.