If there's one thing smartphone cameras have going for them, it's that they're not cameras -- and that means they're not big, obtrusive, uncomfortable objects thrust into the face of unwilling subjects. Huawei's 100 Portraits project brought together some of the region's most talented photographers, including New Zealand's Stu Robertson, to capture compelling stories in portrait form with the Huawei P10's dual-lens cameras.
Huawei's 100 Portraits campaign, using both the P10 and P10 Plus -- its two flagship smartphones, each with a dual-camera setup including a 12-megapixel colour and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor -- gave its selected photographers a mission: find interesting (and real) people on the streets and document their lives.
The P10's camera is co-branded -- and was co-developed -- by Leica, and that partnership extends to more than just a Leica logo on the rear glass of the smartphone. The phone's camera software has been through several revisions and has a load of useful features, but most important is a synthetic aperture mode that captures photographs at different focal points and blurs out backgrounds to varying degrees.
New Zealand photographer Stu Robertson, the artist behind the global project Peace in 10,000 Hands, was the brand's representative for Australia and NZ. Robertson is a proficient black and white photographer, so it was clearly a natural partnership for Huawei. Here's a small selection of some of Stu's images, captured with the P10 Plus:
Last year, we fell in love with the Huawei P9's excellent dual cameras and straightforward approach to Android. But it's half-way through a new year, and that means Huawei's P10 has a tough act to follow and some strong alternatives. How does the follow-up to its seriously impressive P9 perform when it's up against newly renewed competition like the very best of Samsung, LG and HTC?
From 25 May you'll be able to pick up a Huawei P10 smartphone from Vodafone, Optus and Virgin Mobile, and the P10 Plus "from selected retailers". The P10 has a recommended retail price of $899 and the P10 Plus $1099. Here's all the info on both phones.