Camera Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Everything you need to know


Camera Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Last year, Huawei surprised the world by launching the Huawei P20 Pro with an impressive triple camera with Leica optics.
Six months later, the company released another flagship series Mate 20. Like its predecessor, it is equipped with a Leica triple camera, but this time the modules fit into a 2×2 grid.
This version of Huawei called the “matrix camera” With this module, Huawei has raised the bar for mobile photography again. In this article, which is a free translation of the Huawei blog entry on the Chinese Zhihu platform, we will look at the history of the creation of the flagship Huawei – from design to photo and video cameras. Without further introduction, let’s begin.

Huawei P20 Pro Design Perfect Symmetry

As one of the most anticipated devices of the past year, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro generated a lot of noise and wild speculation in the months Huawei Mate 20 efore the announcement. Among them were many rumors about the design of cameras, which, as can be seen below, assembled three lenses and a flash into a 2×2 matrix. No matter how cool such a design is, it does not tell the story that led to its appearance.

This design was actually inspired by conventional headlamps. Using what Huawei calls the all-in-one design, the company created an elegant camera module that complies with all the classic design rules and placed it in the center of the back panel for symmetry. Instantly recognizable even at a distance, this unique design is definitely “Heavey” and at the same time refined; Ideal for business elites who are the target audience for the latest Huawei flagships.

Huawei P20 Pro Camera module the best is better

Like the Huawei P20 Pro, whose photo module includes an outstanding main camera and telephoto, the Huawei Mate 20Pro has both of these components, but adds a Leica wide-angle module to them, with a capture angle equivalent to the 16-mm focal length lens. The addition of “breadth” was the result of diligent research into consumer preferences: Huawei appreciated the various pain points that smartphone users have with their cameras and found that only a universal camera can satisfy their diverse needs.

Now, many manufacturers are focusing on the specific capabilities of cameras, and not on the entire system as a whole. The matrix camera in the Huawei Mate 20 series consists of three cameras, each with its own focal length. This guarantees users freedom of creativity, as they can shoot not only more but also from angles that were previously unattainable. Universal cameras will be an important trend in smartphones in the future, and the outstanding module Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the first of many.

In the early stages of development, one of the most difficult tasks for engineers was to figure out how to place a complex camera module in such a small form factor. They began by moving the lenses towards each other and miniaturizing the module. At the same time, they optimized the arrangement of magnets and coils to minimize interference. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Among other problems was a hole in the back panel. The protruding camera requires a cutout in the back of the smartphone, which inevitably leads to a decrease in its strength. To get her back to the right level, the engineers went through countless iterations and tests, improving the design.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The main camera of Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The main camera of Huawei Mate 20Pro is based on a CMOS-sensor optical size 1 / 1.7 “, the largest among all smartphones sold now. In addition, it supports pixel binning technology, which combines information from four pixels into one, using supersampling to achieve a wider dynamic range and high-quality shooting in low light conditions The camera supports up to 102,400 ISO, allowing users to easily capture stunning night shots with one touch of the screen.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Photo See Wider

Photo enthusiasts often have to carry more than one camera for work. A lens with a focal length of less than 24 mm gives a wide viewing angle, which is ideal for landscape photography. However, 50mm optics are ideal for photographing events, as it gives a capture angle close to human vision. The 85-mm mid-telescopic or telescopic sets of optics provide fantastic bokeh, allowing you to separate the subject from the background. Lenses of 135 mm and more are amazingly suitable for shooting objects away, for example, soaring birds, but they are usually quite heavy, and their constant carrying with them is often annoying. Zoom lenses seem to be the solution, but they lose in 135 mm optics in many scenarios.

The matrix camera combines an equivalent 16 mm wide-angle camera and an equivalent 80 mm threefold optical zoom. With hybrid and digital zoom, the Huawei Mate 20 series offers something similar to 16-270 mm zoom optics. A wide choice of focal lengths together with a very high-resolution camera, large ISP and artificial intelligence technologies make the Huawei Mate 20 series smartphones truly capable of realizing any needs of users at any time.

Let’s talk about the wide-angle camera Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Although it is not the first in the smartphone industry, it is no less than revolutionary. The Leica Vario-Summilux-H1.8-2.4 / 16-80 ASPH optics system and the sensor behind it combine outstanding features like quick focus and high resolution to provide an outstanding experience from wide-angle photography.

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In determining the quality of wide-angle shots, distortion is one of the important criteria that must be considered, and at the same time an aspect that is the hardest to control. The optics engineers at Huawei and Leica spent four long months solving the time-consuming task of optimizing optics design. Once again, limited by the form factor of the smartphone, engineers updated the design over and over again, looking for the best balance between size and features. To say that the wide-angle camera Huawei Mate 20 Pro embodies the desire for excellence, is no exaggeration.

A broad perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three-dimensional effect. It is easy to take such photos on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro – just remove the image to get a beautiful landscape, portrait or group photo with a new perspective.

another possibility of a wide-angle camera is macro photography. The ability to see near the seemingly trivial details of our life is part of what attracts people in macro photography. Often, just another point of view is enough to open a brave new world – or a canvas to express your creativity.

Usually, to reduce the focal length, you need to install more volumetric optics. At a time when manufacturers are working hard to design increasingly thinner smartphones, installing thick optics is against the trend. As a result, most smartphones on the market can shoot at a distance of 7-8 cm from the camera. However, the fact that the wide-angle camera in the Huawei Mate 20 series has a wider aperture than even the main camera allows it to focus on objects that are much closer.

In Super Macro mode, Huawei Mate 20 smartphones allow users to shoot objects that are only 2.5 cm away. They want to remove morning dew or an insect, the camera of the Huawei Mate 20 series smartphone will not have problems with this.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Brand new experience with long exposure

In the Huawei Mate 20 series, users can experiment with long shutter speeds in super light, light painting, and time Lapse modes, as well as in professional modes. Thanks to the advanced image processing capabilities of the Kirin 980 and wide-angle camera, anyone can easily take pictures with long shutter speeds. We will not translate the obvious things from the Chinese article, just look at this photo.

The Underwater Mode allows you to shoot Underwater

Like the Mate 10 Pro with the P20 Pro, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is water and dustproof in accordance with the IP68 standard. But it also includes a new underwater mode, which can be used with accessories for underwater shooting. He is very user-friendly: the volume up button is responsible for recording video, the decrease button is for taking photos. To allow the user to more easily preview images underwater, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro underwater mode provides more screen space for the viewfinder. This is another example of how Huawei engineers take care of better out of the box user experience.

Unlike blue and green light rays, red and orange are strongly absorbed by water, so underwater photos tend to be undersized or have a poor color balance. Huawei Mate 20 Pro corrects this by fine-tuning the parameters of photos taken in the underwater mode, which allows photos to better show the actual appearance of objects.

Smart video to the masses

The growth of video-centric social networks has provoked the growth of video filming popularity. Including both image and sound, videos can evoke much more emotions than static images. However, most mainstream video applications today can only produce low-quality videos, not meeting the ever-growing needs of users. Given this, along with the improvement of the photo capabilities of their devices, Huawei makes massive improvements on the video front. With the Huawei Mate 20 series, users can easily shoot any video in HD quality.

The new AI Cinema mode offers five filters: AI Color, Background Blur, Fresh, Vintage and Suspense – which allow the user to realize their dream of being a director. Previously, the only way to add a filter to video on a smartphone was post-processing. On the Huawei Mate 20 series smartphones, this can be done while shooting, simply by selecting one of the filters.

The AI Color filter is inspired by the black-and-white Schindler’s List film, where a little girl wears a red coat. The computational power provided by the dual NPU in Kirin 980, and rendering with the GPU Turbo together allow the smartphone to separate objects from the background of the video in real time and leave the color only on the subject of shooting. Having trained on a huge amount of photos with people, the AI Color function is able to track people from frame to frame, carefully separating them from the background in real time and discoloring the background. Compared to other similar functions on the market, the AI Color in the Huawei Mate 20 offers much greater speed and accuracy. And yes: thanks to the double NPU, AI Color can recognize and separate several objects from the background at the same time!

Background Blur and Vintage modes

 Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera

Background Blur and Vintage modes use a similar algorithm to separate the subject and blur the background. In addition, using the knowledge gained from training in classic movies, a double NPU can adjust colors according to the Vintage, Fresh and Suspense filters.

At the same time, the Huawei Mate 20 series supports shooting at a resolution of 2560×1080 pixels, that is, with an aspect ratio of 21: 9. Compared to traditional 16: 9, the aspect ratio of 21: 9 makes the video more “cinematic”. AI-based HDR and wide-angle camera capabilities also add the room to video clips and greatly enhance image quality.

Another interesting video feature of the Huawei Mate 20 line is the Spotlight Reel. Available from the Gallery application, she scans the photo library for portraits of the selected person and mounts a video about him. 

And it does not just combine videos, it also removes unnecessary frames: the only thing that is required of a person is to choose the video about whom he wants to receive.


In On Photography, Susan Sontag writes: “To own the world in the form of images is, in fact, to re-experience the unreality and remoteness of the real.” Photography is not just a shoot, it has the power to tell stories from points of view that were impossible before. That is why Huawei is committed to innovation in the camera. Through the power of technology, Huawei helps customers document a well-lived life. And she does it summing up the year, and our readers, and we ourselves in the editorial called the Huawei Mate 20 Prothe best camera phone.

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