A chamber of revolution
As Leica said in a statement published by both companies in February, they want to revolutionize the world of mobile photography. That seems complex in several ways. One of them is physics. If mobiles do not capture better photos, it is mainly because their sensors are very small. Without a larger sensor it is difficult to achieve results similar to what we have in a CSC camera or a DLSR camera. The photo you have below is that of the Huawei P9, with its dual Leica camera setup. It does not seem that the sensor is going to be a novelty. Also, it will be 12 megapixels. That means it will go the way of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Huawei P9, a lower resolution to achieve a higher image quality. But that’s not a revolution, it’s the standard in today’s high-end.
According to the photograph, we see that the smartphone will have laser focus, a very useful technology to be able to focus when shooting a photograph. A technology to value and take into account. But it is not new. Even cheap mobiles already had this technology. Also, it must be said that this could not be considered a revolution in the world of mobile photography.
Perhaps the two cameras could be a revolution. It is not new, we have seen different mobiles with two cameras. From mobiles that captured photos in 3D, to mobiles capable of later modifying the focus of the photo thanks to that second camera. If Leica is going to emulate any of these features, it will be nothing new. And therefore, it will not be revolutionary.
The truth is that if there is something that Leica has stood out for so far, it is for having high-quality optics and equipment, not only in terms of possibilities, but also in terms of results. In other words, the photos obtained with a Leica camera, or with a Leica lens, were photos of the highest quality. The problem is that the possibilities that mobile phones give us so that the lenses are the key are very low.
Have they really found a clue?
According to the same photograph that accompanies this post, the maximum aperture of the diaphragm will be f / 2.2. The camera of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is f / 1.8. The lower the number, the higher the diaphragm aperture, and the more light it captures, so better photos can be obtained. That is, it would not be a better camera, a priori, than the Galaxy S7.
But it is also true that when we talk about Leica we are talking about another world, both in cameras and optics. And it seems complex that they have decided to enter the world of mobiles, with all the prestige they have, if not because they are convinced that they have something unique that is going to surprise. We will see if this camera really surprises but what is certain is that we can not expect anything, good or bad, from this Leica camera. It only remains to confirm if it will be another camera in a highly competitive market, or if it really is a great revolution for the mobile market.