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Huawei Mate 20: First Camera Samples

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The Huawei Mate 20 carries a triple lens set up that is spec'd lower than the Mate 20 Pro, but that doesn't mean it should be overlooked!
Huawei Mate 20: First Camera Samples
The Huawei Mate 20!

Related: Huawei Mate 20 Unboxing and First Impressions

Rear triple-camera flagship!

The Mate 20's triple camera set up!
The Mate 20's triple camera set up!

The Huawei Mate 20 carries a triple lens set up of a 
12MP f/1.8 RGB sensor standard lens, 16MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle, and a 8MP f/2.4 OIS telephoto sensor. All three support 4D predictive focus, AIS, 5x zoom.

The selfie camera on the other hand is 24MP f/2.0  that supports AI face beauty and 3D portrait lighting. 

For video the Mate 20's camera supports up to 4K video recording, 960 fps slow motion, and dual-tone LED flash.

Let's look into it!

Camera Samples

Daylight normal!
Daylight normal!
Daylight 2x zoom!
Daylight 2x zoom!
Daylight wide!
Daylight wide!
Daylight wide close-up!
Daylight wide close-up!
Indoor normal!
Indoor normal!
Indoor 2x zoom!
Indoor 2x zoom!
Indoor wide!
Indoor wide!
Low light normal!
Low light normal!
Low light 2x zoom!
Low light 2x zoom!


Low light wide!
Low light wide!
Daylight selfie!
Daylight selfie!
Indoor selfie!
Indoor selfie!
Low light selfie!
Low light selfie!
Heart shaped bokeh from the portrait mode!
Heart shaped bokeh from the portrait mode!
Portrait mode with studio lighting!
Portrait mode with studio lighting!

Quick thoughts

The main camera has three lenses. The images from the standard and wide angle lens produce the best images from the Mate 20. The color, contrast and sharpness is strong especially in day light. In low light, the normal and wide lenses images are soften compared to the daylight images because of noise reduction. 

The telephoto on the other hand produces slightly softer images compared to the wide and normal lenses (especially in low light). However, it does have similar contrast and colors with the normal and wide lenses. In addition to this, the highlights blow out easier on the telephoto lens though.

The 24MP selfie camera produces better selfies compared to the P20 Pro. The color, contrast and sharpness is noticeably better. In the P20 Pro, our skin tones leaned to lighter tones now, it is more accurate. We did notice that in some instances the skin tones are still off like my lips in the day light selfie. 

The portrait mode is better with edge detection. It still struggles with hard fine objects like hair but it is an improvement over the P20 Pro. Portrait lighting does something similar and you can also change the shape of bokeh from balls to hearts.

In low light, the selfie camera images become noticeably softer with less contrast. Honestly, some selfie-centric phones still produces better selfie images. We hope Huawei can improve their selfie camera results.

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