Photography is a wonderful thing. It tells you a story that is either fabricated or actually happening in a single frame. Capturing that right moment is crucial, especially in this day and age of social media and the connected world. To be a great story teller though you need tools, especially a camera and its lens. For that few moments though you are spending a great deal of money and time perfecting a skill; which was relevant 10 years ago when mobile phones had a camera that is less than stellar. That is not the case anymore though these days.
A great example of this age of camera innovation on mobile phones is Huawei’s P20 Pro with the world’s first triple main camera set up that you can actually buy at the stores. The triple camera set-up with Leica’s black magic and knowledge in the world of photography made the Huawei P20 Pro one of the most sought after products in the current market just because it takes such good photos. Plenty of enthusiast photographers even have to admit that the Huawei P20 Pro’s photos are very much comparable to those of a proper full-frame interchangeable lens camera. Its low-light performance as well is at a different level compared to plenty of these big, expensive cameras. It is the pinnacle of modern smartphone photography, plenty acclaims.
Some technical gurus might point out that the Huawei P20 Pro does not score the highest points in DxOMark. To that, we have to attest that numbers can only tell you so much; you really want to look at the results themselves in the case of photography. That trickles down to the brand new Huawei Mate 20 series with all three devices in the family receiving the triple camera system with improved Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities.
The Huawei Mate 20 series comes with improved sensors too despite similar Megapixel count. The three cameras along with the LED flash module is arranged in a more centralised position compared to the P20 Pro to ensure better grip and more comfortable positioning; rather than using your fingers to skirt the edges of the display you can hold the edges of the device more comfortably. That also allows you to have more control over the device itself. This is actually a very minor thing though because the main meat of this device is the photos it produces.
It now comes with a wide-angle camera with short throw focus that allows you to do macro photography without adding on additional attachments. Of course the wide-angle lens allows you to capture more than the regular lens. Both sensors capture images with great depth and detail that you easily mistaken coming from a DSLR; really it is that good (wait, our review is coming). The telephoto lens captures images at twice the zoom factor of the main lens; even that is clear as day compared to any other devices that has similar features.
That is the baffling part, most smartphone cameras rely on using both or all three sensors to capture images at the highest possible quality and detailing. The Huawei Mate 20 series does that too, but even individual photos that comes from specific lenses turn out to be great as well. In fact most of them comes out as good looking if not better looking than some entry level full-frame cameras. All that and you do not actually have to spend half as much as the regular DSLRs for the same shot.
They say before that smartphone photography will not be able to match DSLRs. In some sense if you do compare the result from a smartphone compared to some full-frames with big megapixel counts, you may see why. That is compared to big Megapixel count monsters that professionals use in a studio environment for large prints. Most of them would use a medium format camera anyway for those. For everyday photography though, it does not make much sense for even professionals to be carrying a heavy equipment with them wherever they go; the Huawei Mate 20 is way more than enough to handle the job. Yes, it really is one of the greats and prove that smarpthone photography has caught up to modern standards of photography.