Huawei P20 Pro was unveiled recently and the focus on their camera features and ability is what everyone is hoping for.
By now the hype about the new Huawei P20 Pro has gone viral and most of the photography enthusiast are excited to try out the camera features. Me included. Huawei has been making great phones since they started the P series along with the Mate series.
Their last Mate series, the Mate 10 is one of the best phones that I’ve seen so far. It is comparable to the likes of Samsung’s flagships and a great contender especially for their camera abilities.
Today, Huawei have unveiled their new flagship phones, the P20 and P20 Pro. But we shall see what the P20 Pro has to offer in this “5 cool features of the new P20 Pro”.
Leica Triple Camera Setup
Having one camera at the back is a must, having two is the trend, but having three cameras at the rear as your main shooter(s) is beyond cool. Best of all, this is the first time we get to experience a 40MP, that’s four zero megapixel sensor on a smartphone.
Obviously the main camera is shooting the 40MP, while the other two are shooting at 20MP monochrome sensor and 8MP telephoto respectively.
There’s a new colour temperature sensor for accurately detecting the light around a subject, 5x hybrid zoom, and something Huawei calls ‘Master Stabilisation’, which uses the ‘AI’ features of the Kirin 970 to smartly keep the camera steady.
The first thing you will notice when you look at the new P20 Pro is the shiny colours in the shade of green, blue and purple hue on the surface of the shell for the “Twilight” version. It does look like a fingerprint magnet but at the same time it looks cool. The Twilight colour version will make the surface to change colours depending on the current lighting.
Of course they don’t stop at one colour. There are 3 other colour variants for the P20 Pro which are Black, Pink Gold and Midnight Blue.
Usually consumers would purchase a colourful phone case to make a phone more attractive but this time Huawei decided to make the phone more glamorous instead. Now you don’t have to spend the extra cash for a nice phone case.
Android 8.1 Oreo + Future Proof Hardwares
The P20 Pro will get Oreo out-of-the-box which is a good thing. Most of the phone manufacturers are still struggling to push the latest Android into the older phone models so with the new P20 and P20 Pro, you don’t have to wait any longer. And it is also possible to upgrade to the next Android P.
When I say future proof hardwares, I do mean it. The P20 Pro is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 970 SoC with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. You also don’t need to worry about the internal space as the P20 Pro comes with 128GB of ROM and supported by 6GB of RAM.
For those who don’t know what that means, it simply means that the camera is capable of shooting a 960 frames per second video, that also means super slow motion video. That may not mean anything much for the masses but for video enthusiasts, this is something cool to play with.
I personally love playing around with slo-mo video feature on my iPhone. But to be able to slow down a video a lot more would be damn cool. There are moments that I would prefer to be in slo-mo, so this will be my favourite feature.
Just like other phone maker, the 960 fps video is only able to shoot at 720p resolution. Not to worry, that is still considered as HD.
Another feature that only a photographer is familiar with. Having a high ISO on a phone, or any camera for that matter is considered “wow”. Surely having ISO 102400 on a smartphone sets the bar really high for others to follow although Sony came close with ISO 52000 before this.
What high ISO means is that you will be able to capture more light in total darkness due to the high sensitivity of the camera sensor. You don’t have to worry about your face being too dark while taking pictures at night anymore. High ISO feature is mostly available only in high-end dSLR and mirrorless cameras. So yes, the P20 Pro sets the bar really high this time.
Looks like the new Huawei P20 Pro is focusing on its camera features from the sensor all the way to the AI image processing. It has been tested and benchmarked by DxOMark as well and they have many good things to say about the P20 Pro.
We won’t be able to give this phone a try yet so we will have to wait until it arrives. But from what I read and seeing the videos, the P20 Pro is very promising and may turn out the be the best photography smartphone to-date.