Huawei P10 Lite Review: Travel Light: Camera

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A 12MP main capturing camera with hybrid autofocus

The Huawei P10 Lite features a 12MP capturing camera with F/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus. There is a single Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash for the low-light shots. The capturing camera pixels are 1.25µm big. This is probably the same sensor used for primary photographic duty on the Huawei P9, Honor 8, and Huawei nova.

The capturing camera interface is familiar as we have already seen it on the P9 and P10. The options are hidden in menus you can bring up by swiping up or down from the classy screen (assuming you hrecent the capturing camera in landscape mode). This may be confusing at first but you quickly acquire used to it. The main menu houses all the available shooting modes - Photo, HDR, Panorama, Pro, Beauty, All focus, and Light Painting. There is also an advanced settings menu, summoned by a swipe from the top.

The Huawei capturing camera app offers a Manual mode, which manual focus, shutter speed and ISO and a few other options. The Pro capturing camera interface is very nice to use.

Camera interface • Shooting modes • Settings • Manual mode • Light Painting modes

Image quality

The 12MP color samples we took in board daylight came out with more than enough resolved detail and very fine dynamic range. Noise levels are kept low, the sharpness is adequate, and colors are mostly accurate to real life. Those are some solid samples especially for this price bracket.

Huawei P10 Lite 12MP capturing camera samples

There is the All Focus mode you may want to consider. It shoots a few 6MP images, and allows you to choose the focus later. Lots of makers offer this mode under different names and we are excited Huawei has brought it to its capturing camera app. It works well, shoots fast, and the images are very pleasant.

All Focus sample (focus chosen to macro in post processing) • Focus to background • Regular sample


The dynamic range is often striking and we suspect some auto HDR trickery is involved here though none of the samples above was marked as HDR in the exif (as was the case with some previous Huawei cameras). But in case you don't like your regular photos, you can force HDR where necessary and the P10 Lite should brighter some of the shadows better without compromising the highlights.

HDR off • HDR on • HDR off • HDR on


You can acquire two different types of low-light samples if you have a tripod or at least a place where you can leave the P10 Lite still. You can either utilize the Light Painting mode (limited to 6MP), where the P10 Lite takes a picture with default settings and then captures only the moving lights imitating a professional long exposure shot of say, car speeding along the road.

Light Painting - Car Trails (35s)

The P10 Lite Auto mode is rather disappointing for night landscapes even when mounted on a tripod as it hikes the ISO up to 3200. But you can utilize the manual mode and tweak the settings by yourself and acquire a colorful and detailed low-light image.

Auto • Manual (ISO 200, 4s) • Auto • Manual (ISO 100, 2.5s)

We took the P10 Lite for a walk in the neighborhood and it turned out well equipped to produce pleasant photos, with low levels of noise and accurate colors. The level of detail isn't that impressive but we can still give it an excellent imprint for this class.

Huawei P10 Lite handheld low-light samples


The panorama mode is one of the better implementations, switching automatically between portrait and landscape. When shooting in portrait, panoramic images turn out just over 3,000 pixels tall and the sample below is about 20MP. Stitching is good, exposure is even, and the captured detail and dynamic range are nearly at same level as on the regular still images.

Huawei P10 Lite panorama


The front capturing camera of the P10 Lite is an 8MP unit shooting images at 3,264 x 2,448 pixels. It's paired with a f/2.0 lens. There is the obligatory beautification feature, which attempts to mask skin blemishes, but mostly gets rid of any fine detail in the shot.

If you go for a regular photo, the resolved detail is modest, the images turned out noisy, and the dynamic range is rather low. The colors are somewhat washed out, too.

Huawei P10 Lite 8MP selfies

Picture compare tool

You can check out how the Huawei P10 Lite capturing camera stacks up against the P9 Lite and P10 in our Photo compare tool.

Huawei P10 Lite vs. P9 Lite vs. Huawei P10 in our photo compare tool

Video camera

The Huawei P10 Lite can record 1080p videos at 30fps. There's no 1080p @ 60fps or 4K recording, but there's a slow-motion mode. The resolution is far from adequate though at just 640 x 480px though the framerate is nice at 120fps. The Full HD clips are recorded in MP4 files with a bitrate of 17Mbps. Audio is captured at a fine 192Kbps (48kHz) rate, in stereo of course.

The video quality doesn't quite live up to our expectations. The image isn't as sharp as some competing phones in this class, the dynamic range is not on par with the still images. The noise is kept low though, and the colors and contrast are great.

As usual, we've provided an unedited sample straight out of the capturing camera for you to download - 1080@30fps (11s, 22MB).

Be sure to head over to our video compare tool to check where the P10 Lite stands against the P9 Lite and the P10's 1080p videos. You can choose other cameras if you like.

Huawei P10 Lite vs. P9 Lite vs. Huawei P10 in our video compare tool: 1080p



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