Huawei P20 Pro Leica Triple Camera, Explained : Plus, 3X and 5X Low Light Zoom Samples

"I think I'm in love with the Huawei P20 Pro."

That's what I told our friends from Huawei Mobile Philippines and its PR agency on Facebook Messenger after I took the renowned cameraphone out for a spin last week.

I was thoroughly impressed at how well the Leica Triple Camera module performed at night and in low light settings such as indoors. Also, I was stunned at the clarity and brilliance of the images that I got at 3X and 5X zoom, proving that the handset's telephoto features are worth all the hype.

I've owned many incredible cameraphones through the years, including Nokia 808 PureView and Nokia Lumia 1020 (in fact, both are still in my collection) -- and I can confidently say that in terms of imaging capabilities, Huawei P20 Pro is right up there with them.

Huawei Explains The Capabilities of the P20 Pro's Leica Triple Camera

On Friday - May, 11, 2018, I received an email from our friends at Huawei, which pretty much details the main features of the P20 Pro's three-optic set-up.

Since TechPinas is all about empowering my fellow Filipinos with knowledge about technology and gadgets, I thought of sharing the complete email with you so you won't miss anything. I hope you find this useful (and if you do, kindly share this post with your friends on social media):

Huawei P20 Pro has [one of the mobile] industry’s largest CMOS image [sensors] (1/1.7 inch) to date, which is 2.5 times and 2.7 times larger than the sensors on Galaxy S9+ (1/2.55 inch) and iPhone X (1/2.8 inch) respectively. The massive sensor allows for more detailed images as well as a virtual bokeh effect, which is rarely offered in today’s mainstream devices.

Huawei P20 Pro Leica Triple Camera

Huawei’s desire to offer its consumers the best makes them even more creative and motivated. As Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, the P20 Series, plays by its own rules. Compared to other modern smartphones, P20’s most outstanding feature has to be its groundbreaking triple camera set up. Beside focusing on how clear your photos will be, Huawei focused on improving the performance of the camera in low light and have succeeded in that – enabling the P20 series to shoot clear photos in extreme dark scenarios and still capture those where even the human has a problem seeing clearly in.

Another important feature that Huawei have perfected is its zooming capabilities. Huawei raised the bar by greatly enhancing the 3x zoom and a 5x hybrid zoom particularly on the P20 Pro. (10x digital zoom is also available.)

Huawei P20 Pro Leica Triple Camera
My Huawei P20 Pro Sample Shot at 3X Zoom in Low Light Setting

For example, for anything beyond 3x zoom, the third lens automatically kicks into action. Huawei’s engineers made sure to achieve the synchronization of auto-exposure, auto white balance calculation and autofocus, resulting in the perfection we see today in the P20 devices. Even in 5x zoom, the P20 series can still reproduce the true colors of objects, as well as accurately present the finest details in a photo.

Huawei P20 Pro Leica Triple Camera
My Huawei P20 Pro Sample Shot at 5X Zoom in Low Light Setting

Living in an era where we want to capture real time moments, we always aim to capture every moment we deem worth capturing without it being blurry and unfocused. Thanks to Huawei’s instant shutter, the P20 Series has minimal shutter lag, letting you capture exactly what you see. Let us examine what makes it significant.

They say that the reason behind unfocused shots are slow autofocus and poor tracking among them. Fortunately, the P20 Series now have a choice – the 4D predictive focus. True to its name, the 4D predictive focus means that the objects’ motions can be tracked accurately and quickly and can detect objects to 3 meters far.

Huawei P20 Pro Leica Triple Camera

Also, the P20 Series apply the brand-new technology named AIS (AI Image Stabilization) in the night scene mode, allowing users to shoot superb night shoot by carrying out continuous exposure for up to 6 seconds in hand-held manner. It uses AI technology to analyze, sort out features from each image, recognize shapes and edges of objects, and at the end automatically captures images with a four-second exposure time. With AI algorithms, Master AI filters and corrects handshakes that cause tilted or blurry images; builds superimposes images and balances each element of photography to obtain a perfect night shot.

With the P20 Series, Huawei has finally stepped ahead of its competitors. Not only does it have an incredible camera, the phone is also beautifully designed, and it comes with tons of amazing features.

Huawei P20 Pro: Set of Technical Specifications and Pricing Information in the Philippines

Flaunting a aluminum alloy shell with high-gloss-paint finish, the IP68 Certified Dust and Water Resistant Huawei P20 Pro sports a 6.1-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display, a 24 MegaPixel front-facing snapper, and a large 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery pack.

The cameraphone's Leica Triple Camera system is made of a 40 MegaPixel RGB camera with the big 1/1.7" sensor, a secondary 20MP monochrome optic which works with the first for improved contrast in various lighting conditions, and a third 8 MegaPixel shooter has an 80mm focal length that practically works as the telephoto lens of the handset.

Inside the shell, this flagship-level model runs its EMUI 8.1 skinned Android 8.1 Oreo OS with a beastly 10nm Octa Core ARM Cortex A73, Cortex A53, and Mali-G72 MP12 GPU based HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor that's complemented by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage.

Dual SIM, 4G LTE-A enabled Huawei P20 Pro was formally released in the Philippines on April 28, 2018 through a consumer and media event held at SM Mall of Asia Atrium. This high-end handset currently has an official suggested retail price of PHP 44,990 and is available in two classy colors, Black and Twilight.

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