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Tap the little aperture button to the
left or top of the screen and you get
the option of setting the depth of field
for the image.
The P9, like all smartphones, has no
aperture system, the lenses are fixed
wide open, but the twin lenses allow
the device to do depth focusing (Huawei
calls it hybrid-focusing) and to gather
data from both lenses to deliver optical
effects that range from an astonishing
f0.95 to f16.
You don t get more or less light, the
lenses are set at f2.2, but you get the
image impact of greater or lesser depth-
New users will grasp this quickly.
Traditional camera users will be
freaked out, as I was, by this technol-
ogy-driven cleaving of the 200-year
old link between aperture light gathering
and depth-of-field effects. My only
regret is that you can t access this fea-
ture in Pro mode.
Given the relatively slow maximum
aperture of the lenses, the camera s
low-light performance is remarkable,
which is attributable to the light gath-
ering capacity of two sensors. Huawei
claims 270 per cent greater light gath-
ering than iPhone 6s and 90 per cent
more than Samsung S7.
A new Imaging Signal Processor built
into the Kirin chip powers fast, accurate
processing of the image data gathered
by the twin lenses.
The pro mode is hidden under a small
onscreen tab, giving access to ISO,
shutter speed, white balance, autofocus
and metering modes, exposure value
settings and white balance in a tidy,
The pill-shaped tab is placed close
to the shutter button and large fingers
like my own may experience difficulty
getting it open without taking an inad-
Swipe in from the left to access a
range of situation-specific prepro-
grammed modes and imaging styles,
from HDR and Beauty to Panoramics.
Swipe from the right and you get
more long-term settings, such as res-
olution and audio cue settings (which
includes the Leica shutter sound if you
roll that way) and one more clever trick.
The P9 is the first mainstream cam-
era to offer RAW capture as a user
accessible feature. Check this option
in the settings pane and the camera
will take a JPEG image and a DNG RAW
image every time you snap the shut-
ter.There s a noticeable but acceptable
lag between photos when this feature
is active and the 23MB image files
(JPEGs are around 3MB) will fill a
phone s internal storage quickly, so plan
for a big MicroSD card if this is your
fancy, the P9 accommodates them in
capacities up to 200GB.
Huawei T&T expects to introduce
the P9 by the second half of 2016.
Pesticides commonly used in
cultivation may have the advan-
tage of protecting crops from
insects, weeds and infections, but
they also can be a risk to human
health unless they are properly
used and managed.
It was with this issue in mind
that the Chemistry/Food and
Drugs Division (CFDD) of the Min-
istry of Health and the Ministry
of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
recently participated in a pro-
gramme of training to enable them
to better manage pesticide use and
therefore safeguard public health.
A release said the training was
funded by the European Union
(EU) as part of a technical assis-
tance programme aimed at diver-
sifying T&T s agriculture.
Currently, there are limitations
in the mechanism to monitor and
regulate the use of pesticides in
T&T s agriculture sector. Such lim-
itations may have implications not
only for the quality of produce sold
on the local market, but also for
the ability of local producers to
export to other countries. In addi-
tion, proper residue testing ensures
that produce being imported into
the country meets quality stan-
dards for consumption by the local
population. The assistance offered
by the EU therefore, builds the
capacity of the agencies responsible
to better monitor and control the
use of pesticides.
The training focused on residue
testing and certification of agri-
cultural products as well as on the
conduct of comprehensive surveys
of pesticide residues on crops.
T&T takes steps to manage pesticide
use in cultivation with EU support
A group of participants taking part in one of the EU-sponsored
courses in managing pesticide use.
Blackberry will launch two mid-
range Android handsets this year, chief
executive John Chen has said.
One will have a physical keyboard,
the other a full touch-screen.
Blackberry has no plans to develop
handsets for its own operating system,
BB10, but will continue to issue updates
for existing devices.
Its sales fell by almost US$200m in
the three months to the end of February.
Chen said its first Android device, the
Priv, had been too expensive.
"The fact that we came out with a
high-end phone was probably not as
wise as it should have been," he told
United Arab Emirates news website the
"A lot of enterprise customers have
said to us, I want to buy your phone,
but US$700 is a little too steep for me.
I m more interested in a US$400
Chen had previously blamed the
company s poor sales figures on delays
in negotiations with mobile networks
about its Priv handset.
Last month, Facebook and its What-
sapp messaging service announced they
were to stop supporting their Blackberry
Blackberry said it was "extremely
disappointed" by the decision.
"If Blackberry is determined to
remain in the hardware business, the
decision to offer new devices with mid-
range pricing is a sensible move," said
analyst Ben Wood from CCS Insight.
"We believe there is an opportunity
with business users who don t want
the expense of giving iPhones to their
employees and want a robust, affordable
and secure Android smartphone tailored
to business use."
Blackberry to launch Android phones
users will freak out
The P9 captures a 12MP DNG RAW file
that's 22MB on the phone. This 100
per cent crop from an RAW capture of
a statue is lit by a mix of window light
and incandescent lamps. A gallery of
my sample images from the phone
and a link to download this 7MB full-
resolution JPEG file is here
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