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Huawei P20 Pro vs Canon EOS M50 Photography Challenge!

DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have better image quality than smartphone cameras. Why? Because of the benefits of a larger sensor which fits bigger pixels for better light gathering and processing.
Huawei P20 Pro vs Canon EOS M50 Photography Challenge!
Team Huawei or team Canon?

But Huawei aims to change that norm when they launched the P20 Pro, a smartphone w/ DSLR-like functions.

How? It goes triple Leica camera system! Let's check it out!

Canon M50 vs Huawei P20 Pro Camera Specs

Device Huawei P20 Pro Canon EOS M50
Main Camera 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 OIS telephoto sensor w/ 4D predictive focus, AIS, 5x zoom, 4K video recording, 960 fps slow motion, and dual tone LED flash 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor w/ Dual Pixel autofocus

The Huawei P20 Pro boasts a massive 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor paired with a 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor, and an 8MP f/2.4 OIS 3x telephoto sensor for PHP 44,990.

In addition, it has a "Master AI" feature which allows the phone to automatically select the "best shooting" mode in different scenes.

Moreover, it has up to 5x lossless hybrid zoom and AI assisted stabilization for lowlight shots.

On the other hand, the Canon EOS M50 has a large 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus for PHP 38,998.

Like the P20 Pro, it can also detect different scenes using the Scene Intelligent Auto mode.

Settings: Auto with "Master AI" for the P20 Pro and "Scene Intelligent Auto" for the Canon EOS M50. No filter and no edit too as usual too.

Canon M50 vs Huawei P20 Pro - Photography Challenge!

Scene 1 - Daylight
On this scene, the difference in quality between the Huawei P20 Pro and Canon EOS M50 is hardly noticeable.

The Huawei P20 Pro got the image with better details in the sky, more vibrant colors, and slightly better dynamic range.

But when cropped, the shot taken by Canon EOS M50 has the slightly crispier image with a bit better color accuracy.

Scene 2 - Close-up
This time, Huawei P20 Pro's AI emphasized the greens and produced sharper details on the flower subject. It also has good depth of field.

On the other hand, Canon EOS M50's color accuracy is better. It still has less grain when cropped and the depth of field is shallower too. But, the flower subject is a bit softer.

Personally, I like the shot on the M50 due to its shallower depth of field. The sharpening and noise on the P20 Pro is more aggressive.

Scene 3 - Portrait
Shooting portraits on both cameras are easy. The P20 Pro has clean edge detection and sharp details. However, its portrait shot is a bit beautified. The skin tone and bokeh on the Canon EOS M50 is more natural looking.

Scene 4 - Zoom
Huawei P20 Pro's 3x zoom is the best found on a smartphone yet. But when you take a closer look, it is evident that the shot taken by the Canon EOS M50 still has less noise.

Scene 5 - Lowlight
The Huawei P20 Pro shines in lowlight. It has the better dynamic range, details, colors, and exposure.

On the other hand, the lowlight shot taken by the Canon EOS M50 is dimmer. It has a bit less noise though.

The lowlight shot by P20 Pro is better due to its intelligent way of combining an array of 4 pixels into a single large pixel.

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GOOD fight! The hardware advantages of the Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera are still there. But, the Huawei P20 Pro proved that it is no slouch despite its more compact size.

Thanks to its game-changing triple Leica camera system with DSLR-like functions and image quality. It even has few advantages with A.I. and software.

As a result, there are instances where we had to nit pick to tell the difference between the two.

Overall, it is great to see that there is a smartphone like the P20 Pro can perform like a mini-DSLR in your pocket

What do you think guys?

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