April 4, 2018
When Huawei briefed a team from Engadget on its new P20 Pro smartphone, it dubbed the device’s Leica Triple Camera system “the most advanced camera on a phone yet,” according to a recent review on the site. The team was skeptical, but in the end, they’ve come to write about the “miraculous photos this phone is capable of taking,” even though users may need patience as they figure out the many settings and controls. “You really have to pin down the shooting options that work for you,” according to Engadget.
The camera’s impressive specifications include “an 8-megapixel telephoto shooter with an f/2.4 lens and optical image stabilization and a 40-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 lens. Oh, and there’s an extra 20-megapixel monochrome sensor (with f/1.6 lens) and a color temperature sensor for accurate white balance. If you needed one more lens, don’t worry: There’s a 24-megapixel front-facing camera too,” reports Engadget.
Additionally, Huawei’s imaging comes with AI assistance, a zoom system capable of 3x optical zoom “and the 40MP primary sensor to offer a hybrid 5x zoom that takes really, really impressive stills,” Engadget continues.
Another highlight is nighttime shooting. The phone has long-exposure capabilities that don’t require the steadiness of a tripod. Engadget explains that “…it combines the Kirin NPU chip to chew over long-exposure captures and bring them all together, with the high-megapixel primary shooter doing a lot of the legwork. In comparison, taking the same shots on my iPhone X resulted in noisy, hazy photos.”
Other shooting capabilities of the P20 Pro include monochrome photography, portrait mode, and light painting, among others. However, Engadget’s biggest issue with the new smartphone was the difficulty the team had in finding and figuring out these various settings.
Another recent review, this time from TechRadar, didn’t have such glowing words for the P20 Pro, calling it “something of a let-down.”
“The company’s P20 Pro has all the new features that are worth getting excited about, including that powerful rear camera, and while the screen looks a touch nicer on the P20 compared to the P10, it’s not the most compelling of upgrades,” notes TechRadar.