Monday , January 30 2023

Huawei Mate 20 Camera Test: Flawed but still great.


Let's take a closer look at the details and look at the key data from the four cameras of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro before looking at the test pictures.

  • Rear camera: 40 MP and 27 mm + 20 MP and 17 mm + 8 MP and 83 mm, f / 1.8 + f / 2.2 + f / 2.4 caliber
  • Auto focus type: Depth of field, Phase focus, Contrast focus, Laser focus
  • Front camera: 24 MP, aperture f / 2.0

The most important changes in the main camera compared to the P20 Pro are the zoom range with black and white range. The new ultra-wide angle lens dramatically improves the creativity of the device, especially since Huawei uses the new super macro mode lens, which is automatically turned on by the master AI. The super macro can not be used without active AI support.

It takes some time to switch individual focal lengths, especially when switching to ultra-wide angle. Huawei's uniquely controlled hybrid zoom encompasses the mid-range and can be continuously scaled between 0.6x and 5x. At more than five times the zoom is purely digital and not great anymore.

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In ultra-wide mode … / © AndroidPIT

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With normal focal length … / © AndroidPIT

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And triple zoom … / © AndroidPIT

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… and the longest focal length. / © AndroidPIT

Take a clearer picture of your predecessor

Especially in good lighting conditions, the pictures taken with the Mate 20 Pro are generally understandable. Colors and exposures are usually good, and few failed snapshots. Unfortunately, unlike honor, Huawei does not offer the option to turn AI effects off the gallery. It is actually practical because the master AI exaggerates the effect and often changes the picture. In the Aperture mode, you can change the focus later and change the amount of blur.

The sharpness of the image is prominent. P20 Pro was always a slightly better image. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but a careful examination will be noticeable in direct comparisons.

Things get worse in low light.

As lighting conditions deteriorate, all smartphone cameras begin to cause problems, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is no exception. Image noise is less of a problem, but aggressive image processing is a major problem because it lowers many details in low light shooting. However, Portrait mode allows you to stably detect the boundary of a subject in very difficult lighting conditions, creating a beautiful depth of field in the image.

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Portrait mode works well under difficult lighting conditions. / © AndroidPIT

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Wide-angle lenses are less powerful. / © AndroidPIT

In night mode, the Mate 20 Pro takes a number of shots over several seconds and overlays it in a single image. This works quite well, the sharpness is not always optimal, and even if some pictures get too bright, the Mate 20 Pro camera actually tends to shake a little in the dark, so in night mode it actually gets better.

One quick tip

Here is one small tip. When taking pictures, hold the Mate 20 Pro in your hand rather than lay it down. Night mode corrects the blurring very well and records the picture faster, usually within 3 to 5 seconds. If you put your phone somewhere, you think that the Mate 20 is mounted on a tripod and exposed for 20 seconds or more. As a result, the picture is blurred. So get it or use a tripod.

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Enable night mode … / © AndroidPIT

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… and without. / © AndroidPIT

Master AI intervenes fairly strongly in images. When interacting with HDR mode, subjects with different exposure areas appear much more attractive. However, the changes are very noticeable and can not be turned off. If you do not want to use the master AI, you must first switch to the camera app settings and search for the appropriate entry. One practical method is to switch to Pro mode. AI assist function is not activated in Pro mode.

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Panorama with master AI … / © AndroidPIT

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… and without. / © AndroidPIT

You do not need to use Super Macro mode at close range. The Super Macro mode allows you to move closer to the subject by 2.5 centimeters. Even "normal" lips are handsome and have a natural bokeh, which gives a very stylish impression. A 5x zoom also helps in great close-up shots.

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Close-ups with beautiful bokeh effect. / © AndroidPIT

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Zooming in at close range is also practical. / © AndroidPIT

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Ultra wide angle distortion is expected, but some pictures were quite interesting. / © AndroidPIT

Oh, but Huawei Mate 20 Pro can also be recorded in RAW format, and Pro mode allows you to get even more photos when digitally produced. However, the size of the RAW file is about 80 MB and is for each image. So if you have only 128GB of internal memory, you may run out of space. For this reason, you should activate RAW mode only when you are actually doing more photography, not every time you take a snapshot.

I need an ego.

What about the front camera? The first thing you need to do is turn off the beauty effect and immediately forget the portrait mode. In good lighting conditions, the Mate 20 Pro is slightly blurred in low light, but it needs a really nice self.

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Ego is fun with good light … / © AndroidPIT

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… not in low light. / © AndroidPIT

I took these pictures and more pictures with Mate 20 Pro. You can view the full resolution of the next album.

Conclusion: Many possibilities

Currently available smartphones offer fewer creative possibilities than Huawei Mate 20 Pro cameras. The huge zoom range from ultra-wide angle to telephoto is a lot of fun and the image quality is generally very good. However, details such as image sharpness and aggressive AI still have drawbacks. Nevertheless, the conclusion is clear. Mate 20 Pro is one of the best smartphone cameras in 2020. There was not much fun taking pictures since P20 Pro.

You'll soon see how the Mate 20 Pro compares to other smartphone cameras in a big shooting match.

But now let me know what you think about the pictures you took with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro!

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