Huawei P20 Pro Vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+

By 12:10 Thu, 19 Aug 2021 Comments


1x, 2x... 5x. Zooming smartphone cameras are no longer a novelty - in fact a numbers race is forming. Asus' Zenfone Zoom couldn't create waves, but Huawei appears on the correct track to do so with the P20 Pro and its 3x zoom camera. We figured we'd pit it against the Galaxy S9+ - the latest phone to come out with what's become the standard 2x zoom.

Zoom is only going to be part of it all, though. We'll be looking at how the two compare over a variety of shooting scenarios - day, night, portraits, selfies, portrait selfies. The P20 Pro appears to have the upper hand - higher resolution, more reach, an extra monochrome camera. The S9+ does stand out with the changeable f/1.5-f/2.4 aperture on its main cam.

We'll also examine video - the Galaxy's specsheet reads better in this department with a 4K/60fps mode and stabilized 4K/30fps, while the P20 Pro can only stabilize 1080p/30fps footage. Samsung's slow-mo implementation is also miles ahead, if you're into that sort of thing.

If you need to brush up on the numbers, this handy table below will assist you, though a a quick trip to our comparison tool couldn't harm either.

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Huawei P20 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Main (wide-angle) camera

40MP, 7296 x 5472px, downscales to 10MP, 3648 x 2736px

12MP, 4032 x 3024px


4:3 aspect, 1/1.7" sensor size, 1.0µm pixel size, Quad Bayer array

4:3 aspect, 1/2.55" sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size


f/1.8, 27mm

f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, OIS

Telephoto camera

8MP, upscales to 10MP, 3648 x 2736px

12MP, 4032 x 3024px


4:3 aspect, 1/4" sensor size

4:3 aspect, 1/3.6" sensor size, 1.0µm pixel size


f/2.4, 80mm, OIS; 3x zoom

f/2.4, 52mm, OIS; 2x zoom

Monochrome camera

20MP, 5120x3840px, 1/2.7" sensor size; f/1.6, 27mm lens



Single Light Emitting Diode (LED) Flash

Single Light Emitting Diode (LED) Flash

Video recording

2160p@30fps, 1080p@60/30fps

2160p@60/30fps, 1440p@30fps, 1080p@60/30fps

Slow motion

1080p@120fps, 720p@960fps

1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps

Video IS

EIS (only in 1080p/30fps)

OIS+EIS (except 2160p/60fps)

Video features

Stereo audio

Stereo audio

Front camera

24MP, f/2.0, 26mm, 1080p@30fps

8 MP, 1/3.6", 1.22µm, f/1.7, 25mm, 1440p@30fps

That's the basics dealt with, but we'll go a small deeper on the next page, comparing the capturing camera architecture, hardware and app UI.



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