In the first half of this year, the most beautiful smartphone arrived is Huawei's P20 Pro. This mobile phone is still at the top of the DxOmark camera rankings. It seems Huawei can be defeated by Huawei only. They released Huawei Mate 20 series and this is the best they released this first half of this year and there has been a significant improvement in photography, I think.

There are three mobile phones in this series you know. We got them at early morning and we send a detailed photo review.  Let’s go in depth, the special evaluation of Huawei Mate 20 series phones.

First, what is the HUAWEI Mate 20 series camera?

Let’s introduce with Huawei Mate 20 series camera before evaluation. As we told earlier, there are three Huawei Mate 20 series handsets. They are Huawei Mate 20, Huawei mate and Huawei mate X. Huawei Mate 20 is a 24 million-megapixel, f/2.0-iris single-camera with a 12 million-megapixel, f/1.8-iris wide-angle lens, a 16 million-megapixel, f/2.2-iris ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8 million-megapixel, f/2.4-iris telephoto lens. Supports auto focus (laser focus/phase focus/contrast focus) to support AIS anti-shake.

HUAWEI Mate Pro supports 3D depth sensing camera 24 million megapixel, f/2.0 aperture front camera, supports fixed focal length. The rear camera is a 40 million-megapixel, f/1.8-iris wide-angle camera, a 20 million-megapixel, f/2.2-iris ultra-wide-angle camera and a 8 million-megapixel, f/2.4-iris telephoto camera that supports autofocus (laser focus/phase focus/contrast focus) and supports AIS anti-shake.

As for Huawei mate X, the camera basic parameters are aligned with Huawei mate.

Second, HUAWEI Mate 20 series Photo Interactive experience

HUAWEI Mate 20 series have a wide varity of photographic functions. The manage it they came with a camera application with interactive interface, that is natural and succinct.

In basic camera function there is a visual recognition function icon, the flash switch. The dynamic photo switch icon, the photographic style switching icon, and the camera setting function icon are respectively from left to right above the framing screen. Below the viewfinder screen is the switch mode of the photo mode, and the zoom wheel button is located on the right side of the viewfinder screen.

When you switch on the camera mode or adjust zoom, the phone body will automatically simulate the vibration of the real scroll wheel with the finger sliding. These are the interactive experiences you will get in a place.

In addition, you will have common portrait mode, professional mode, video mode, night view mode, and so on. at the far left of the camera shooting mode, the HUAWEI Mate 20 offers more camera function modes, including slow motion, panorama, black and white art, which will have the option to experience it in the small part of it.

Overall, the interactive interface of HUAWEI Mate 20 is complicated, after all, once you accustomed to it, take phots in a frequent, become familiar with each functions, it will not be complicated and matter of concern.

The Huawei team is continuously spending efforts to develop the interactive interface and user experiences. i.e., when you use the filter mode to take pictures, there will be a "filter X" button at the top of the shutter, click can quickly exit the mode, it is very handy, do not need extra steps.

Third, HUAWEI Mate 20 Series Imaging quality

As we everyone concerned about the nature of the series of mobile phone specific performance.

We tested the performance of the basic imaging qualities of the Huawei Mate 20 series in accordance with the usual rules, and then test it for its unique photo-function gameplay.

It is also necessary to note that, in the test, the mini-series will be used as a reference for the main test of Huawei Mate 20, which is supplemented by a comparison of the photo proofs of Huawei mate and Huawei Mate X. The first is under the condition of sufficient light during the day. The following this sample shot is just noon, HUAWEI Mate 20 output proofs at the glance of the past can feel a gaudy fan, and the color temperature is cold, which is mainly reflected in the sky than the eyes of our people see more blue. At the same time can see the proofs of the screen contrast ratio is high, there is a level sense.

After magnification, "Confucius Icon" four words clearly recognizable, but the bottom of the boy is not easy to identify, and then look at the rear, the dust stains on the back of the billboard has been very good reservations, rich details.

overall, HUAWEI Mate 20 of the analytic force is a standard level. After shooting with a twice-telephoto lens, the fine print under "Confucius Icons" is clearly recognizable.

At the same time, the picture under the 2x telephoto lens is softer and purer, and has a slight smear after zooming in, while the picture under the standard wide-angle lens is enlarged after the sharpening.

Let's take another scene and shoot down the roof of the IT home.

This set of proofs shooting time is morning, the light is not particularly strong, you can see the Huawei Mate 20 exposure accurately, accurately reflects the actual scene of the light situation.

Then, using a twice-telephoto lens, you can see that the twice-zoom lens has more exposure and lower contrast.

To further contrast the analytic force, we used the Huawei Mate 40-million-pixel lens to shoot the scene, then uses the 5 times zoom lens to take the same photo and then analyze it.

It is important to note that HUAWEI Mate 40 million does not support the zoom function and needs to be adjusted to "4:3 10MP" mode to use the Zoom function.

From the comparison of the 4 samples above, the 40 million megapixel lens of HUAWEI Mate Pro has enlarged the details compared to mate 20 twice zoom magnification, but the 40 million-megapixel lens can still see sharp traces in the image amplification Overall no mate 20 twice zoom lens with smooth and gentle picture. In contrast, the Mate 3 times zoom lens features excellent picture detail with a comfortable overall look and no burr sensation.


As for the 5 times zoom after the performance, it is more stunning, the picture details more than 3 times times the zoom significantly more, exposure is more abundant, the object edge smooth, very good perception.


From this point of view, HUAWEI Mate 3 times and 5 times times the zoom in both the analytic force and the picture performance are at a high level, from the It's small compilation of evaluation experience, it seems difficult to find opponents. We then looked down and changed to a large backlit scene and continued to shoot with mate 20. In the following photo, the main test mate 20 is the tolerance and automatic HDR performance in the face of high light contrast conditions. From the results of the film, Mate 20 is still doing well. Can see, the picture behind the teaching building is the Sun, shooting small series will be light metering point selected on the floor contour, under normal circumstances should be floor contour exposure is more accurate, and behind the sky is exposed. But mate 20 in the proofs, the sky behind the building is only in the sun the strongest there is a normal over exposure, the distant sky can see the slow transition of light, still appear blue, has not become a piece of white.

This is also reflected in the near against the sky of the leaves, in the high light of the leaf's permeability has been very good display, the details are clear, nor because the light is strong and submerged in the exposed white.

This shows that Mate 20 's camera latitude and HDR performance is also very good. The HUAWEI Mate 20 also supports the AI photographer feature, which is now a very popular AI judging scenario to optimize the imaging effect. In addition, in the Huawei Mate 20 framing interface, the user can also choose the shooting style as "standard", "bright" or "soft", it's the home of the use of "standard" and "vivid" mode, combined with the AI photographer assisted photo effect to examine Mate 20 in the proofs of color restoration of different styles.

The camera style of the HUAWEI Mate 20 series is already a gaudy one, and when AI photographers open and identify "landscapes", they further enhance the brightness of the picture. And after the bright mode, more "insane", more and more rich and gaudy, while the picture contrast has also been increased, the overall look of a particularly heavy sense of style.

Of course, this pattern needs to be selected in conjunction with a particular style of photo, and if the style and content fit together, it is easy to straighten out a good photo.

On the macro side, the HUAWEI Mate 20 has a f/1.8 large aperture main camera, which is helpful for its macro photo performance.


From the results, Mate 20 proofs are subject to clear, sufficient exposure, the background of the green leaves from behind the petals to the distant bushes, the level is clear, the effect of the blur excellent. When it comes to macro, you have to mention the Super Macro feature of Huawei Mate 20.


Super macro photo is mainly mate 20 of the 16 million megapixel ultra wide-angle lens work, Huawei on this camera to achieve 2.5cm ultra-close to Coke, and ordinary mobile phone generally in the focal distance of less than 10cm will be unable to focus on the situation, so this function is very groundbreaking. As an example of the fallen leaves in the It house, the mobile camera has almost been affixed to the leaf tip of the leaves, and the HUAWEI Mate 20 is still able to focus successfully. In the proofs, the sharp lines of the leaves are very clear and can be seen by the tiny spines of the enlarged edges. At this time the vision of the effect of the blur is also relatively good, a little "like cream as open" feeling.

After talking about Super macro, it's time to talk about super wide angle. In the Huawei Mate 20 ultra-wide-angle shooting mode, this ultra-wide-angle camera is still the credit. The way to trigger a super wide angle is to switch to super wide-angle mode when the number jumps to "0.6X" by clicking on the Focus Adjustment button on the viewfinder screen.

Of course, you also open the AI master, the system will automatically identify some large scenes into the super wide-angle shooting mode. We still look through the proofs.

With the addition of a super-wide-angle lens, the HUAWEI Mate 20 is able to take more scenery than the standard wide-angle lens, and feels like a direct increase in the frame. It's the small part of the above this set of proofs is on the roof to take a look at the scenery, obviously a wide-angle lens on the scene momentum of the performance more in place, the overall perception more visual impact.


and small note to the super wide-angle mode in the four corners of the sample does not appear obvious deformation, so that the overall picture more balanced.


Super wide-angle mode is more suitable for shooting some large scenes of the landscape, and it's the small part of it think that the pattern of the photographer's composition skills are more demanding, after all, after shooting more content, how to highlight the body, so that the picture does not clutter, or test the user's photo level, so this function is good, but not abuse. In portrait mode, the HUAWEI Mate 20 is natural in the portrait cutout and background blur, which is not explained in detail here. However, from the proofs, HUAWEI Mate 20 Leica camera on the color of the tuning is still very distinctive, "German smell" full.

In portrait mode, Mate 20 offers different options for background blur, allowing the user to choose to blur the background with four forms of "round", "Heart", "spin", "Fish scale", and to bring further playability to portrait mode. You have selected three of them for display.

More Day shots:

Let's look at the photo performance of Huawei Mate 20 at night when the ambient light is low. Take the following sample for example, small series shooting when the light spot is in the mall glass window lights bright place.

Proofs to it's small first impression is pure, clear and sharp, exposure control is the conservative route, the reality of the scene of light than the sample Buchbinderei show more bright.

The Mate 20 has excellent control of noise during nighttime shooting, and there is almost no visible noise in the sample. In the P20 series in the first half of the year, Huawei used a four-pixel technology to reduce the noise of the image by arranging four pixels of the same color to form a large pixel to reduce the pixel's sensitivity. House Xiaobian speculates that this technology should also be used in the Mate 20 series.

Enlarge the proofs, still can see the traces of sharpening, smear sense is not serious, the distance of the building "Hoi Yat Tian Cheng" Four words are clear, night analytic force is good.

In this swatch, the clouds in the night sky, the buildings on the beach, the neon, and the waves on the sea are clearly displayed. It can be seen that the dynamic range of Mate 20 at night is equally excellent.


The HUAWEI Mate 20 also supports Super Night Scene mode for night shooting. In Super Night Scene mode, press the shutter button, the phone will quickly take multiple photos at different exposure levels, and then combine multiple photos, this process needs to hold the phone steady, the shutter time lasts about 3 seconds. The super night scene mode can effectively improve the brightness and purity of the photo output, and the latitude of the picture is not lost, and the overall look and feel is further improved.

However, in the Super Night view mode, the magnification of the sample pixels will be more obvious to apply.

More night-time photos still:

HUAWEI Mate 20 Series Photo gameplay

HUAWEI Mate 20 In addition to the overall excellent basic imaging quality, in the picture also has a wealth of gameplay, for the presentation of "blockbuster" also very helpful, it's the home of the two small part of the selection of a more interesting photo play experience, and consider the actual effect. First is the video, this year's Mate 20 series in the video function added "AI color" photo mode, the mode, will only be subject to retain color, the background is black and white, so as to enhance the body, enhance the artistic performance of the film screen.


This function requires the Unicorn 980 chip dual-core NPU neural network system to participate in real-time image recognition and rendering color, because it is real-time, rather than static frame rendering, so the difficulty is still relatively high.


It's the small part of a simple video recording, we can look at the effect:


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From the video can be seen, only small part of the screen is colored, the background is black and white, although only a simple shot, compared to ordinary video, the artistic appeal is obviously stronger.


At the same time, in the shooting process, Mate 20 on the screen real-time filter color accurate and smooth, there is no screen after the re-filtering or color lag of the situation, the picture also has no error in the background is also rendered color situation. Next it's small to show is the streamer shutter function, it in the camera mode switch bar "More" Functional Interface theory, "Streamer shutter" under, there are busy, light painting graffiti, silk and brilliant star track four modes, little compilation "Silk silk water" This mode of experience. It should be recalled that the "streamer shutter" model needs to be photographed with a tripod, after all, a slow-door photography.

From the results, Mate 20 "silk water" streamer shutter photography effect is still more obvious, from the rockery on the water flow in the lens is pulled image silk as smooth, similar effects we often see in some photographic works.

V. Summary "The strongest photo of the year", several colleagues in the IT family have given similar reviews after experiencing the new Huawei Mate 20 series. And the small part in these days of experience testing process, but also very touched. The combination of the Mate 20 series is not the strongest in this year and does not make assertions, but it is definitely the "strongest" of the most powerful competitor, in particular, mate's 40-million-megapixel camera and 5 times zoom to bring the ultra-strong analytic performance, enough to askance, but also really let it's home make a surprise.


The HUAWEI Mate 20 series of photos is very prominent in "personal style", which is also the unique difference that the Leica lens brings to Huawei in the field of smart phone photography.

if you Like the real reflection of the original appearance, convenient for the late post-photo style, Mate 20 series of photos may not be your dish, but if you do not have this need, like "one step in place", then I believe that Mate 20 series will let you in the circle of friends in the big and big.

Super wide-angle and super macro are the two major upgrade points this year. From the perspective of practical experience, we have a positive attitude towards these two new features. In certain scenarios, HUAWEI Mate 20 can indeed shoot other mobile phones. Can't shoot the effect.

In short, if "taking a good photo" is one of the important reference factors for your purchase, then I believe that the HUAWEI Mate 20 series will never let you dow

Buy Link: Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 X