Huawei P20 Leica Smartphone Review - Performance

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Huawei P20 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Huawei P20 Sample Photos


Huawei P20 Lens test images

Photos taken with the Huawei P20 are very sharp and feature good colour representation. With the AI mode, the phone boosts colours - so greens become brighter when photographing plants etc. Sometimes this is a little overpowering, but for the most part, it's pretty impressive. It's especially effective where there are lots of different shades of the same colour, really making things pop. Detail in the photos is very good, with little evidence of aberrations and with the phone coping well in high contrast situations. 

The bokeh simulator in the portrait mode is a great addition - it simulates the blurred background effect well, for the most part, however, the technology that the phone uses to simulate the effect sometimes leaves a halo around the head, especially if you have hair that flicks out a lot it can struggle to isolate the head effectively. There are plenty of options to get creative with your portraits with the lighting modes making for some very atmospheric shots. 


Huawei P20 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise control is good, with low noise, and higher levels of detail at the lower ISO speeds (up to ISO400) when shooting with the colour camera. At ISO800 detail suffers, but noise is well controlled. At ISO1600 detail and image quality suffers, and ISO3200 is best avoided. Using the monochrome camera, noise performance is excellent (as there is no possibility of coloured dots ruining the image), and detail is excellent, with very sharp images produced. 


Huawei P20 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving a similar result. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and the fluorescent preset gives a warm result. AWB performs well under mixed light. You can shoot at 12 or 20mp when shooting colour images, although it was difficult to see any additional detail when shooting at 20mp, so we'd recommend sticking to 12mp photos, unless you're using the mono camera, and then you can definitely see the extra detail of the 20mp black and white sensor. 


Huawei P20 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are 8 available digital filters - sentimental, impact, ND, Valencia, blue, halo, nostalgia and dawn. There is also a strength slider, so you can alter the level at which the filter is applied. Images with filters can only be taken at 12 megapixels max. 


Video -  4K UHD (3840x2160) provides a very clear video recording at 30fps, and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) works fairly well to stop any unnecessary movement when recording handheld. FullHD video can be recorded at 60fps. You can also record high-speed video at 960fps, albeit at a reduced resolution.



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