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Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Comparison

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Samsung's Galaxy S10+ and Huawei's Mate 20 Pro are flagship phones equipped with highly rated cameras.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Comparison
Team Samsung or team Huawei?


Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Specs

Device Samsung Galaxy S10+Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Back Camera 12MP (f/1.5/f/2.4) w/ Dual Pixel, OIS + 16MP f/2.2 123-degree ultra wide-angle lens + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens w/ OIS, AF, and dual tone LED flash 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle + 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
Selfie Camera 10MP f/1.9 + 8MP f/2.2 RGB w/ Dual Pixel 24MP f/2.0 w/ AI face beauty and 3D portrait lighting

The Galaxy S10+ comes with 3 cameras at the back. It highlights a variable aperture 12MP (f/1.5/f/2.4) primary camera with Dual Pixel tech and OIS. It is paired with a 16MP f/2.2 123-degree ultra wide-angle lens and 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS, AF, and dual-tone LED flash.

On the other hand, the Mate 20 pro also goes with a triple-camera setup. It comes with a Leica 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor with pixel binning tech, 20MP ultra wide-angle sensor, and 8MP f/2.4 OIS 3x telephoto sensor. It also goes with 4D predictive focus and AIS stabilization.

For selfies, the Galaxy S10+ has a dual-camera setup. It features a primary 10MP f/1.9 sensor and an 8MP f/2.2 RGB sensor. Interestingly, it comes with Dual Pixel focus tech.

The Mate 20 Pro only has a single camera setup. But, it is a 24MP snapper with AI face beauty and 3D portrait lighting.


Last 2018, we hailed the Mate 20 Pro as the best camera phone. Now, let's check if Samsung's greatest can finally beat Huawei's camera game.

Settings: Auto with Scene Optimizer for S10+ and auto with Master AI for Mate 20 Pro.

Scene 1 - Daylight normal
In the first scene, the difference between the two is hard to tell. Both delivered shots with great details and nice looking colors. The S10+ shot is a bit wider with nicer contrast. The shot on the Mate has sharper details in the sky, trees, and glass window. Mate 20 Pro - 1 point

Scene 2 - Daylight wide
The ultra-wide camera of both phones can produce stunning results. The ultra wide-angle camera of S10+ is wider with better dynamic range. The ultra wide-angle camera of Mate 20 Pro has duller colors, but with sharper details. It is a tie for us. Galaxy S10+ - 1 point, Mate 20 Pro - 2 points

Scene 3 - Daylight 2
Another close match! Samsung's shot is slightly over-processed versus the Huawei image. Mate 20 Pro's shot has the more natural looking colors. But we will give it a tie since the details on S10+ is a bit sharper. Galaxy S10+ - 2 points, Mate 20 Pro - 3 points

Scene 4 - Daylight wide 2
Again, Samsung's wide camera is noticeably wider. Huawei's wide camera produced the shot with brighter exposure. Brighter is not always better though. The shot on Mate has a reddish unnatural tint. Contrast and details on the S10+ looked a bit better for me as well. Galaxy S10+ - 3 points 

Scene 5 - 5x zoom
Mate 20 Pro's colors are better with nicer contrast, but look at the objects behind the glass. Details on the S10+ are clearer. It is a close match, but S10+ is a bit ahead in this scene. Galaxy S10+ - 4 points 

Scene 6 - 10x zoom
Loss of details are evident when you use the 10x zoom. It is close match in terms of details between the two. However, the color accuracy on the Mate 20 Pro is better. Mate 20 Pro - 4 points

Scene 7 - Wide close-up
The wide camera of the S10+ doesn't have the same up to 2.5cm near macro mode of the M20 Pro. It is a clear win for M20 Pro this time. Mate 20 Pro - 5 points

Scene 8 - Bokeh
Details on the subject are similar. The default bokeh on the Mate 20 Pro is deeper. However, Samsung's bokeh is not overexposed, more natural looking, and has better edge detection. Galaxy S10+ - 5 points 

Scene 9 - Indoor

Sharpness are identical. The green is darker with whiter text on the Mate 20 Pro. But it has an overexposed background versus the S10+. My vote is with S10+ here. Galaxy S10+ - 6 points 

Scene 10 - Night 1
The next image showed that Samsung's auto night shot with Bright Night on the Galaxy S10+ can produce a brighter low light image versus the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. However, Mate 20 Pro's auto shot without the Super Night Mode has sharper details, less noise, and better exposure. Light sources are also more controlled. Mate 20 Pro - 6 points

Scene 11 - Night wide
Again, Samsung's output is brighter. But, Huawei's output is cleaner. Noise is less and it has better details again. Mate 20 Pro - 7 points

Scene 12 - Night 2

The next image showed that Samsung's Bright Night can also get it right. It has sharper details at the white railings with brighter exposure and wider dynamic range. Mate 20 Pro's color is more natural looking with better controlled light. S10+ is slightly ahead this time. Galaxy S10+ - 7 points

Scene 13 - Night 3
Super close match! Almost no difference. Details are about the same. Light sources are more controlled on the S10+ while details on the floor are a tad sharper on the M20 Pro. Will give it a tie. Galaxy S10+ - 8 points, Mate 20 Pro - 8 points

Scene 14 - Selfie daylight

Both can produce great selfies in daylight with sharp details. However, colors on the S10+ are better. Selfies on the Mate 20 Pro are a bit softer for me too. Galaxy S10+ - 9 points

Scene 15 - Indoor selfie
Both produced natural looking colors. The selfie captured by S10+ is sharper though. My pores are more visible with the S10+. Galaxy S10+ - 10 points

Scene 16 - Selfie low light with face beauty
Close match! The color on my skin looks a bit more natural on the M20 Pro. Details on my eyes is a bit sharper as well. Overall details is a tad sharper on the S10+. Its background is not overexposed as well. A tie here for me. Galaxy S10+ - 11 points, Mate 20 Pro - 9 points

Verdict

It is a pretty close match between the two top-of-the-line phones. The score is tied for the main cameras. There are times where Samsung will win and there are times where Huawei is ahead.

But for selfies, it is clear that the S10+ has the edge over the Mate 20 Pro.

The total score is 11 points for Samsung and 9 points for the Huawei.


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