Huawei P20, P20 Pro And Mate RS Hands-on Review: Camera

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Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro packs the recent and undeniably more exciting Leica Triple Camera. The separated snapper is the 20MP f/1.6 monochrome capturing camera that we know from the P10 and that's also present on the P20. Then a larger hump follows with a brand-recent 40MP 1/1.7" RGB OIS sensor behind f/1.8 lens. Next to it is an 8MP cam with f/2.4 telephoto lens.

The gigantic selling point of the P20 Pro is its 40MP camera, but it has the option to hold 10MP photos. Here's a quick comparison between the two modes:









Huawei P20 Pro capturing camera samples: 40MP • 10MP • 40MP • 10MP • 40MP • 10MP

And don't foracquire the 8MP zoom camera. It's impressive how close to the subject you can acquire and the hit in image quality is only noticeable at the maximum zoom levels.





Huawei P20 Pro: zooming in

Even a large sensor 40MP capturing camera doesn't do too hot in the dark, though. This is where the Night mode really shines. It's a night and day difference, if you'd excutilize the pun and it's certainly the most impressive bit about the P20 Pro camera.









Huawei P20 Pro low-light samples: regular • night mode • regular • night mode • regular • night mode

Huawei touted its AI and its ability to pick the best settings for a scene. Disabling it definitely made a difference.




Testing the capturing camera AI: on • off

We're less impressed with the 24MP selfie camera. We'll spdiscontinue more time with it at home, but all of the photos we took are quite soft - apparently out of focus.




Huawei P20 Pro selfies

Finally, here are some more capturing camera samples from the P20 Pro:












Huawei P20 Pro capturing camera samples

The capturing camera relies on 4 different focusing technologies - you acquire laser AF, depth detection, contrast-detect AF, and phase detect AF. A dual-tone Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash with color-temperature sensor is around, too.

This recent setup allows for 3x optical zoom and up to 5x lossless hybrid zoom according to Huawei.


Other notable capabilities of this recent setup include the jaw-dropping maximum ISO of 102,400. Instant autofocus on anything that's as close as 3 meters and classy screen off-to-shoot time of 0.3s. There is also this promise for incredible low-light shots at 1 lux, but we'll believe that when we see them.

Huawei P20

The Huawei P20 has a dual-camera setup similar to what we saw on the Huawei Mate 10 - the Leica Dual Camera v2.0 Pro. This means we're looking at a 12MP OIS color and a 20MP monochrome imager sitting behind f/1.6 lenses each.


Numbers might be deceiving though, as Huawei has actually upgraded the main 12MP sensor. Yes, the resolution is the same as before, but the sensor is now bigger at 1/2.3" and its pixels are among the largest around at 1.55µm. To put things in perspective the Mate 10's 12MP sensor is 1/2.9" large with 1.25µm pixel size.

The 12MP sensor on the P20 (probably Sony IMX378) is 61% larger than the iPhone X's 12MP one and 22% larger than the 12MP main snappers on the Galaxy S9 duo.

The 20MP monochrome is the same as before, though.

Check out these capturing camera samples from the Huawei P20:









Huawei P20 capturing camera samples

We tried disabling the AI and got the same results:




Testing the capturing camera AI: on • off

The P20 dual capturing camera performs well in the dark. It's not too far behind its Pro sibling and its fancier setup.




Huawei P20 in the dark

Sadly, the selfies were out of focus again.




Huawei P20 selfies


This dual-camera setup offers 2x hybrid zoom and will be capable of 720p@960fps slow-mo video capturing.


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