Wide Aperture Mode on the Huawei P9 – Is it better than the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode?

War Memorial #Princetown #wideaperture #HuaweiP9 #OO

Just look at the bokeh on the above shot, taken with the Huawei P9 in wide aperture mode.

With wide aperture mode, you can re-adjust the F stop and also apply some fancy effects like below.

War Memorial #wideaperture #special #bokeh #Princetown #HuaweiP9 #OO

Below is another shot which keeps the church sign in focus and everything else out of focus.

Gates of Death #church #wideaperture #bokeh #HuaweiP9 #OO

The shot below is another example of the wide aperture mode.

Graveyard Cross #bokeh #wideaperture #mode #HuaweiP9 #OO

So how does the wide aperture mode compare to the iPhone 7 Plus. Below are some portrait shots from the iPhone 7 Plus.

Dartmoor Pony #PortraitMode #iPhone7Plus

Roses #iPhone7Plus #PortraitMode

Through the Cross #iPhone7Plus #PortraitMode

So the iPhone 7 Plus can takes some great looking portrait mode shots but don’t forget it tells you when you have aligned the iPhone correctly.

The Huawei P9 is far more flexible. It will also work in poorer lighting and has the ability to re-alter and save a new image from the original with a different focus point and f stop from f/0.95 to f/16 as well as add some gimmicky effects. The P9 does have more bokeh errors.

So which do you prefer? The wide aperture mode of the Huawei P9 or the Portrait mode of the iPhone 7 Plus?


4 thoughts on “Wide Aperture Mode on the Huawei P9 – Is it better than the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode?

  1. It would have been nice to see some pics of exactly the same subject shot by both phones (I’m sure you would have done that if it was possible though!)

    That said, my choice on this occasion would be the iphone 7. They seem to have nailed the post-processing software side of things for this kind of shot.

    Almost all other implementations of this feature on other phones, you can almost immediately “feel” that something’s not quite right and then when you study the photo closer, you see why: there’s a defocussed edge which doesn’t look right, or something in the distance which shouldn’t be in focus, or the focus transition from near to far (as in the wall of the church) isn’t quite right.

    To be fair to the P9, I think the shots of the side of the church and especially the gates, are two very, very tricky shots for the algorithms to process. I would have liked to see how the iphone dealt with these.

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    1. Something isn’t right there. The P9 fires up instantly on mine. Not got a clue what’s going on with yours. Just a thought. Are you saving to the micro SD card ? If so remove it .Then try again and see if camera loads faster.


      1. Thanks Gavin yes saving to SD card, I’ve now flipped it over, will be testing later, hopefully that’s fixed the problem


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