Everything you need to know about the Huawei P10 Plus camera

How to get the best out of the twin Leica lenses on the Huawei P10 Plus

The Leica dual-lens on the Huawei P10 Plus takes ridiculously good shots for something you can carry around with you 24/7.

Essentially the best phone the company has ever made, the Huawei P10 Plus is well equipped to cover any kind of shot - be it portraits to street photography. You get one 20MP monochrome sensor and one 12MP colour sensor on the rear of the phone, enabling a 2x zoom, and helping shoot in low light, as well as take arty black and white snaps.

The f/1.8 Leica Summilix glass helps in shooting in the dark as well as getting better bokeh background blur, with a new 8MP f/1.9 Leica front shooter for selfies or wefies. The cameras also have optical image stabilisation and laser autofocus, so you’ll never miss a shot even when you least expect to take one.

But if you’re worried you do, then here’s how you can make the most of the excellent Leica cameras on the Huawei P10 Plus. 

Lets cover the basics

There are two ways to open the Huawei P10 Plus’ camera app -  either tap the icon located on the lower left of your phone by default, or by swiping right on the lock screen. You should be looking straight at the viewfinder, along with a menu up top, as well as the shutter release, a button to switch to video and a shortcut to access the gallery.

From here, swipe to the left to see a number of camera modes available, like shooting in Leica-style monochrome. Swiping right instead from the viewfinder should present you with camera settings. These include changing the image resolution, adding a GPS tag and Lecia watermarks. There’s also options to enable smile capture, touch to capture, timer and a camera grid.

We highly recommend enabling the grid to help better compose your photos. There are four options here, the grid, the phi grid, and the Fibonacci spiral (in either left or right), better known as the Golden Ratio. As a simple photography guide, your subject should appear on the line or the intersections of the grid, or along the curved line of the golden ratio. Here's a little more about what we mean.

Shooting portraits is simple

The Huawei P10 Plus mimics the ability of DSLR cameras with wide aperture lenses - helping your subjects stand out while giving a background blur those in the trade call bokeh.

Tap Portrait mode (third from left, the button that looks like a person’s head) and the Huawei P10 Plus is ready to shoot artsy pictures of people. When you aim the camera at your preferred subject, the smartphone’s own algorithms tracks up to 190 points in his or her face, then adjusts itself for the best settings to shoot a magnificent portrait – from enhanced colour, to improved lighting and that delicious background bokeh blur (called Artistic effect on the phone).

If you’re itching to shoot Leica-style monochrome portraits, the Portrait mode also works when shooting in black and white as well. Just swipe left on the screen, press Monochrome and snap away.

And yes you selfie lovers, the new Leica front facing camera also includes the Huawei P10 Plus Portrait mode benefits, with an added beauty mode. Tap the icon of the person’s head on the bottom left of the viewfinder to adjust the beauty level, and tap the icon below that to turn on or off the bokeh in your selfie.

If you want to fit your best friends in the photo, the Leica front camera will automatically switch to wide-angle to fit all of you in. Perfect for parties!