More than 90% of people who have taken a photo have only ever done so on a smartphone. This statistic isn't surprising – the quality and miniaturisation of cameras mean beautiful photos are far easier to capture and far easier to share.

One typical complaint about smartphone cameras, however, is the small size of the light sensor. Unlike larger cameras like DSLRs, the sizing demands for mobiles mean that phones capture less light and less detail. Huawei’s partnership with Leica provides an elegant solution; using one colour camera, and one monochromatic camera, more light can be captured. The camera then stitches these images together to create a more detailed photo. Activate “pro mode” to manually adjust camera functions such as shutter speed and exposure, and gain ultimate control over photo composition.

It’s these features that could provide a solution to smartphone travel photography’s Achilles Heel. So where are the spots that words simply cannot do justice to?

Twists and turns: The Great Ocean Road

For sheer scale of Australian landmarks and breadth of picturesque landscape, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road has very few equals. 244 kilometres of climbing, winding, and atmospheric road provides plunging cliffs, and the occasional crescent beach to break it up. Conveying the sense of scale to your followers definitely needs at least two lenses.

The perfect shot:

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most photographed stretches of coast, so you’re going to need to get creative. Firstly, remember the ‘golden hour’ principle; the hour or so when the sun touches the horizon and creates beautiful, soft light. Secondly, the dramatic movement of cloud and waves could create a fantastic blurred shot. Try dialing down your shutter speed to five seconds to capture it.

Getting rugged in the Blue Mountains

New South Wales’ Blue Mountains are renowned for their expressive pastel shades and lush scenery. The Three Sisters are a popular starting point, but hike further into fern-lined gullies and unique photo opportunities will reveal themselves. The detail you’ll capture in the contrasting rocky outcrops and rugged terrain will add real depth to your images. Capturing the beauty of a scene on (digital) film is always a challenge, but with 12 megapixels and more light sensors, you’ll be more than equipped to do so.

Saaa pwetty. #valleyofwaters #waterfall #omgthatwasasteepclimb #nature.

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The perfect shot:

The aptly-named Valley of Waters is a hidden enclave surrounded by waterfalls. Shooting waterfalls in broad daylight can be a significant challenge, though. It’s far better to arrive early, plan your shot, then hit the shutter as the afternoon sun filters through the waters.

It’s always sunny in the Whitsundays

Sometimes, the scene in front of you has more beauty than you can focus on at one time. The scenery of the Whitsunday Islands invokes exactly that conundrum: is it the turquoise waters or the coral reefs, the tropical forests, or white boats? To immortalise enough of the expansive coastal sights, the P9 offers the ability to change the focal point after the photo is taken, from the juice in your hand to the horizon in your sights.

The perfect shot:

The Hardy Reef is the most photographed reef in the Great Barrier Reef, but the Hill Inlet might provide a more dynamic photo. Its ever-changing sand swirls mean that every composition is different. Make sure your ISO is set low, so your photograph captures every detail without becoming washed out.

Back in the huge heart of the city, Sydney Harbour is easily one of the most Instagrammed spots in Australia. This bustling metropolis presents so many photo opportunities, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Huawei states that by using the two types of sensor, you can capture 270% more light than other smartphones, so now you can really nail that all-important sunset harbour shot.

Sunset in Sydney

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The perfect shot:

A little-known spot to shoot the harbour is Bradleys’ Head, on the northern side of Sydney Harbour. This military base offers a rarely seen panoramic view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Shoot half an hour after sunset to capture the dramatic illuminated buildings against the skyline.

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Stuart McDonald

Performance Media Manager

Stuart McDonald,
Performance Media Manager

Stuart is Red Wire’s resident devices expert. Android enthusiast, Virtual Reality road tester, and SnapChatter, Stuart is widely acknowledged to be the ‘DJ Khaled of Data.’

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