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Huawei Mate 20 Pro is more than just a performance and gaming powerhouse. It also features a wealth of features that prove to be the next smartphone camera of photography enthusiasts and professionals. While it won’t replace your professional camera, Huawei made it sure that the phone would be enough for you to take during holidays.

First, let me show you the camera techologies this phone has:

Rear Cameras

 ASUS ROG PhoneHuawei Mate XHuawei Mate 20 Pro
Main Camera Modules12 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF/Laser AF40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF/Laser AF
8 MP, 12mm, no AF20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultra-wide), 1/2.7", PDAF/Laser AF20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultra-wide), 1/2.7", PDAF/Laser AF
8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF
FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDRLeica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDRLeica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
Video2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps (3-axis gyro-EIS)2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps,
1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps

Front Cameras

 ASUS ROG PhoneHuawei Mate XHuawei Mate 20 Pro
Modules8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
FeaturesPanorama, HDRHDRHDR
Video1080p@30fps1080p@30fps1080p@30fps

I took the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to Nueva Ecija during the holidays. Nueva Ecija is the rice granary of the Philippines, but it’s also home to our house in Cabanatuan where you’ll find my dad’s garden. He spends most of his time in the garden when he’s not at work, and while I was there, I took the time to appreciate its beauty.

Let me take you to some of the moments I captured using the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. All photos below are shot with AI Master Mode enabled.

Before traveling to Nueva Ecija, we visited Manila Memorial to pay respects to my wife’s parents. As the night falls, I took the opportunity to take wide-angle shots using the phone’s 24mm lens. I discovered that the wide-angle lens is also best used on night mode. Using AI technology, the phone automatically increased the level of saturation and contrast while enlargening the aperture and increasing ISO levels. The featured photo in the below clearly shows the effect of the AI Night Mode. Take note that the camera took 5 seconds to take that photo without using a tripod.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro takes camera photography to higher level

The following day, we packed our bags and headed to Nueva Ecija. Upon our arrival at my parent’s house in Cabanatuan City, I noticed that Christmas decorations are already up in my dad’s garden. So, as expected, I took out my Mate 20 Pro and snapped away!

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Sample Photo
“Santa Chute” f/1.8, 1/491 sec., ISO-50
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Sample Photo
“Garden Nymph” – f/4, 1/120 sec., ISO-50
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Sample Photo
“Pol’s Garden” – f/1.8, 1/539 sec.,/ ISO-50
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Sample Photo
“Christmas Room” – f/1.8, 1/120 sec., ISO-125, -1.2 step exposure bias
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Sample Photo
“Bro Gamer” – f/1.9, 1/24 sec., ISO-1000
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Sample Photo
“Parol Way” – f/2.2, 1/763 sec., ISO-50
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Sample Photo
“AJ1 Top 3” – f/1.8, 4 sec. exposure time, ISO-800

I love my dad’s garden. It’s his way of expressing his love of nature, and what better way of showing my appreciation of his work than taking a photo of his collection of faura in macro photography. Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The wide-angle lens of the smartphone actually doubles as something you can use for macro photography. I fired up the flash in continuous mode, looked for right candidates and took photos of these plants. The photos look surreal and almost out of this world.

Macro Photography

I was using the Huawei Mate 20 Pro the whole time I was in Nueva Ecija. Its camera exceeded my expectations, and I can’t wait to share more of my photos on my Instagram account with #HuaweiMate20Pro.

However, Huawei Mate 20 Pro wasn’t the only phone I took with me in the province. Inside my left pocket was the iPhone XS Max, which I also used to take some photos! It’s a stunner too, but does it take beter photos than Mate 20 Pro? Catch our next post about our full comparison of the Huawei latest smartphone and Apple most premium iPhone yet.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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