The Huawei Mate 40 Pro sports the best camera array of any smartphone made in 2020. Here’s how it compares to iPhone 12 Pro and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Huawei did not miss a beat in delivering the most impressive cameras in a smartphone in 2020 with the Mate 40 Pro. As a result, this is arguably the best phone for anyone looking for a camera-centric device right now. That’s as long as everything else is overlooked, including the many problems and challenges Huawei currently faces in not only sourcing parts, but selling smartphones in the U.S.
Huawei typically has a reputation for offering the most advanced smartphone cameras. However, tech enthusiasts often provide much of this credit to Sony, as it has been Huawei’s primary sensor supplier and has a rich history in the camera and video-recording business. The Mate 30 Pro released in September 2019, came with a triple-lens 40-megapixel rear camera, a 32-megapixel front camera, and a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor. The latter providing photos with a more-defined sense of depth when needed. Despite being the first phone stripped of Google services, critics heralded the Mate 30 Pro for its outstanding camera features.
The Mate 40 Pro‘s camera array was changed around in order to improve its main camera even further. Sporting three lenses like before, the 50-megapixel rear camera can “zoom out” so that users can include even more objects in frame. The ToF sensor is implemented into the triple-lens array, so users can customize it, among other photo settings. New to the Mate 40 Pro is the “Steady Shot” and “Tracking Shot” features. During video recordings, a user can film a specific subject and it will stay in focus, regardless of movement or depth of field. If the user follows the subject, the camera will attempt to minimize any shakiness coming from the user. The largest photo the phone can take is 8,192 by 6,144 pixels, compared to the Mate 30 Pro’s 8,500 by 4,700.
How Mate 40 Pro Compares To Apple & Samsung Phones
Both the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max offer the same camera arrays. The main addition to the iPhone’s camera is the LIDAR scanner, allowing proper focusing in dark environments and enhancing photos taken at night. Compared to the iPhone 11 Pro, the 12 Pro doesn’t boast many improvements relating to the main camera. Like the Mate 40 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro has a stabilizer in one of its sensors for steady video-recording. The max pixel size is also bumped up a little – 2,778 by 1,284 pixels from 2,688 by 1,242.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G comes with a mighty 108-megapixel camera, though Samsung came up with such a number by multiplying nine of its sensors that each output 12 megapixels. While it’s still an impressive camera phone, the megapixel count doesn’t relate to its best output. What hampers the S20 Ultra, however, is the image processing. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G also has video stabilization in the form of a “Super Steady” feature, which also autofocuses on subjects much like the Mate 40 Pro’s “Tracking Shot” solution. The largest photo this phone can take is 8,000 by 6,000 pixels.
With the best wide-shot capabilities, the most-improved zoom features, and the largest, mural-worthy photos one can take, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is an easy recommendation for photographers. While Galaxy and iPhone models continue to impress consumers each year, Huawei offers the best camera features while continuing to make big leaps from previous iterations. Combine that with an OLED screen, 5G support, and an ergonomic feel in one’s hand, this Huawei phone will be enjoyed by creative-driven individuals for a number of years.
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