Huawei Mate 20 Pro has surprised everyone with the camera system, but with a closer look, it still captures the quality of the photos. This is a huge leap forward, even for P20 Pro.
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Huawei has put a lot of time on the chambers in their smartphones, an example of which is even a long-term partnership with Leica. Maybe it's just branding, but getting such a partner is impressive. However, the logo itself is not enough to take good pictures. Huawei knows about it and is developing its rooms more and more every year.
I confess directly: I have always recognized Samsung's superiority to Huawei over the photographic issue. Even using the last shot, P20 Pro, I felt that this is not. Apart from the AI algorithms that have spoiled more than they have improved, the camera did not produce the "wow" effect. The photos were really good and the night was really great, but if I had to take the best photo smartphone on a life trip, without hesitation I would choose Galaxy S9 or Note 9, which always surprises me with the quality of the photos . Samsung has never disappointed me, and in Huaweiu there have been worse moments.
For this reason, I approached Mate 20 Pro quite reluctantly. I was convinced that the smartphone will surpass all competitions in DxO synthetic tests and will be praised by number fans, but in real life will remain a little unsatisfied.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a new hand.
I will write this in the introduction: Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the first smartphone of this manufacturer, which is fantastic not only on paper, but also in everyday use. During the tests, he never left me down, and he repeatedly caused the feelings "Did I manage to make such an image under these conditions?".
Where did this qualifying leap from Huawei Mate 20 Pro come from? I bet this is the result of giving up the black and white sensor in favor of three colored arrays. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro implements a whole new idea for the camera, which de facto contains three photo modules:
- the main one with a resolution of 40 MP and luminance f / 1,8,
- telephones with a resolution of 8 MP and brightness f / 2.4,
- a wide angle with a resolution of 20 MP and brightness f / 2.2.
This combination is extremely versatile and does not make me feel limited to shooting. Most importantly, no room is treated negligently. It is not that the main camera offers superior quality and the side camera will only be used in good lighting conditions. Huawei stands up to the task and offers a very comparable picture quality for each objective.
The key word is universality. Look how different the viewing angle of each lens is.
The images speak for themselves.
We can switch between the targets by clicking on the multiplier in the camera application. We have four options available:
- x1 (standard lens),
- x3 (telephoto),
- x5 (digital zoom with much lower quality),
- x0.6 (ultra wide angle).
These are modified exactly in this order, so you need more clicks to reach the widest viewing angle. Below is another example of differences in viewing angles.
AI in Mate 20 Pro is less intrusive. Finally.
In Huawei Mate 20 Pro there are no artificial intelligence algorithms that recognize scenes and They turn up appropriate parameters. There are many scenarios here and it seems that the camera recognizes almost any photographic scenario. The manufacturer's materials tell you about 1500 situations that AI recognizes.
The most important thing is that artificial intelligence is much less intrusive than Huawei's previous smartphones. The AI of the Huawei P20 Pro was able to produce absolutely indigestible monsters with over-saturated colors and contrast. Many photos have shown the effect of the joyful work of a person who launched Photoshop five minutes earlier for the first time in his life. Mate 20 Pro is much more conservative, which is an extra change.
A special scene called "super macro" is also extraordinary, activating when we almost reach the objective of the photographed object. Focusing is optimized for very short distances, and photography looks much better. It is a shame that it is impossible to impose this kind of action in any way. The automatic scene activated by AI sometimes does not start when we want to use it.
The quality of the photos is very high. The detail is particularly impressive. In addition, colors are usually rendered faithfully. The tonal range is enormous, especially if the AI mechanism takes a picture in HDR mode. In addition, photos look good not only on the smartphone screen but also on the monitor. This is currently the highest level available on smartphones. Great applause!
Most importantly, however, it is night mode.
Mate 20 Pro de facto has two such modes. One works as part of AI-recognized scenes, and the other can be forced as a full extra shooting mode. The first works automatically and generally works very well by combining HDR frames. Sometimes the effect is on the edge of good taste, although such aesthetics have many fans. I prefer more natural effects.
In turn, the forced mode of night shots is a well-known solution from the Huawei P20 Pro, which after a while also went to Mate 10 Pro. The camera can take several seconds of exposure to capture a lot of light. The exposure is higher and the noise is lower. I still can not overcome the admiration that the smartphone is capable of effectively stabilizing the six-second shot taken from her hand. Chapeau bas.
For the most demanding, there is a Pro mode and RAW images.
RAW photos can only be saved in Pro mode, in other words in manual mode. The pro mode is very extensive and works just as we would have expected. It is noteworthy that the maximum exposure time is 30 seconds (a rarity in smartphones) and the maximum ISO is 102400, but it is certainly better to use longer shutter speeds than to conquer the sensitivity.
In practice, I used Pro mode very rarely, because it simply was not needed. The auto mode works great, so the Pro has just served me to keep the extra RAW image. It is worth mentioning that RAW can be saved from all three objectives.
Portrait mode is very wide, especially in the case of trucks, though useless.
In portrait mode, edge detection works very accurately, and background blurring effects are reliable. Furthermore, we can change the shape of the bokeh. Circular blur can be changed, for example, into a heart shape that works very well. There is also a way of illuminating the studio, which is obviously added to the power. You can apply very invasive effects, such as simulating a shot taken at the blinds through which the light penetrates or the stained glass. The camera completely disconnects the background and changes the lighting. Generally, it looks very artificial.
The camera is correct, though not remarkable. There is a portrait mode in it (it detects less edges) and portrait lighting. The front camera is rather a disappointment compared to the rear cameras.
Video in 4K is stabilized.
You can see the stabilization quality below. When we get back in, the fires are well stabilized, but stabilization does not help to go. If the center of the frame works well, sometimes at the side edges you can see a very strange effect, which you can see below.
Also stabilization works very badly at night.
The quality of the movies is high and no one has to be disappointed, especially because we can use the professional way. You can choose from the h.264 or h.265 codec. You can switch to other targets during recording.
A great curiosity is the possibility to use different effects in movies, including, for example, background blur. The ability to shoot with a bokeh effect based on live software is technically impressive, but in practice edge detection is not as good as in images. This is rather a curiosity, to be checked and forgotten.
In conclusion: Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a big surprise.
I was expecting a good room and, in practice, it turned out to be sensational. It is much better than previous Huawei smartphones, including the P20 Pro. Abandoning the black and white matrix and stopping the excessive operation of AI algorithms is a blow.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro currently offers the most complete mobile room on the market. The combination of wide angle, standard lens and telezoom seems to be the best idea for developing mobile photography and a further multiplication of lenses is an art for art.
PS Note that the images listed above are low and compressed, so they do not reflect full quality. Before you get your own opinion, I recommend that you download a packet of images with the original files. ZIP archive, 200 MB.