IN PHOTOS: Leica, Huawei team up for mobile photography

Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 06 2019 06:16 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2019 10:03 AM

An array of cameras with Leica optics is shown at the Leica museum in Wetzlar Germany. Photo taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

WETZLAR, Germany -- Even before the release of the P30 series, the fourth generation of its co-engineering partnership with Huawei, Leica is looking to further innovation next year.

The German camera-maker wants the fifth generation of Leica-branded P series phones to have even better zoom and low light capabilities, Leica global director for business management Marius Eschweiler told reporters here, in response to a question.

In 2020, Leica and Huawei need to top the quad-camera array P30 Pro, currently the highest rated smartphone camera by review website DXOMARK, overtaking the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro from 2018.

"For the P30 Series, we bring you exquisite design, rule-breaking photography, powerful videography, also, rule-breaking performance," Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu said at a launch event in Paris.

The P30 Pro has a "periscope" style lens that allows up to 5 times optical zoom and 50 times digital zoom, powerful enough to capture details of the moon as seen in the sky.

A 40-megapixel "super sensing" lens allows for brighter images. The P30 Pro also has a 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a time of flight or TOF sensor for deeper "bokeh" or blur effects. Two of the 4 lenses are optically stabilized, making images clearer.

At Leica's Wetzlar headquarters, a replica of the first Leica prototype from 1914 is on display, as well as copies of iconic pictures from history, including a portrait of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevarra and Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe.

Inside several rooms enclosed in glass walls, engineers work on Leica lenses. It can take years of training before staff are allowed to manufacture Leica optics, officials said.

A replica of the first Leica camera prototype is displayed at the German camera-maker's headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany. Photo taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News
An array of cameras with Leica optics is displayed at the German camera-maker's headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany. Photo taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

German camera-maker Leica's signature understated luxury is on display at its headquarters and themed hotel in Wetzlar, Germany. Photos taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

The P30 Pro's standout feature is its zoom capability. In these photos of a building in downtown Paris, the cameras captured details of sculptures on the roof when shot from the street.

A standard photo of a building in Paris taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News
A photo of a building in Paris at 10 times zoom taken using the Huawei P30 Pro. ABS-CBN News

The P30 Pro and the P30 take wide angle photos, which Huawei and Leica first introduced in the Mate 20 series from late 2018. Half a year later, the Mate 20 Pro still takes sharp photos even at night.

A photo of the National Gallery Singapore using wide angle on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. ABS-CBN News
A photo of the Singapore Marina at night, using night mode on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. ABS-CBN News
A close up shot of a flower taken in Singapore using the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. ABS-CBN News

The P20 Pro from last year does not have wide angle view, but has a dedicated monochrome lens for rich black and white pictures. Colors also pop, with Master AI turned on, as seen in this photos taken during spring in Japan.

Japan's Mt. Fuji is framed in spring blooms in this photo taken using the Huawei P20 Pro. Contributed photo
A castle in Nagoya is seen behind cherry blossoms in this photo taken using the Huawei P20 Pro. Contributed photo

The P20 Pro marked the shift of the P and Mate series phones to glass from metal. It is also the first P phone to use the "pro" name.

The previous generation used "Plus" to differentiate the bigger model from the smaller one. Like the P20 series, the P10 line also combines color and monochrome.

The P10 line had 2 lenses instead of 3. It's predecessor, the P9, was the first product of the Huawei and Leica partnership.

The Pasig City skyline in panorama view is shown in this photo taken using the Huawei P10 Plus