In 2018 Huawei is surprisingly the best smartphone camera in the world called P20 Pro. In addition to having attractive photo modes, this smartphone can also produce good photos in sufficient light conditions and minimal light.

Even DxOMark also named Huawei P20 Pro as the best smartphone camera in the world in 2018 by giving a total high score reaching 109 points which beat the iPhone XS Max with 105 points and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 103 points.

Uniquely, the Huawei P20 Pro is equipped with 3 main cameras consisting of a 40 MP primary camera with RGB (color) sensor, f / 1.8 aperture + 20 MP secondary camera monochrome (black and white) sensor, f / 1.6 aperture + 8 MP telephoto camera , OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), PDAF, Laser Autofocus, and LED Flash that can produce good photos.

Later when the user wants to take color photos then the 40 MP primary camera will be active independently. Meanwhile, if the user wants to take monochrome photos, the secondary 20 MP camera will be active independently.

But when users will take photos with bokeh effect (background) by activating the wide aperture feature, the Huawei P20 Pro will activate the primary camera and secondary camera simultaneously so that one of them can mark the depth of the photo so that the level of blur can be set after and before the photo shoot.

Furthermore, the telephoto camera that comes with the Huawei P20 Pro is very useful for taking long-distance photos, but the results are not broken. The original Huawei P20 Pro telephoto camera is able to take photos with 3x optical zoom without breaking. Even with further development, this telephoto camera is capable of carrying out a 5x hybrid zoom that results in farther and not broken.

Of course on the Huawei P20 Pro there is still a role from Leica who developed the camera algorithm to produce good photos, both in color and monochrome. Even in abundant and minimal light conditions.

This is what makes the Huawei P20 Pro the best camera smartphone in 2018. To prove this claim, I also tried a number of reliable features owned by Huawei P20 Pro, the results of which can be gadgets see below:

1. Master of AI

The Huawei P20 Pro has the Kiril 970 Octa-core Hisilicon chipset (4x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4 × 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) complete with efficient GPU Mali-G72 MP12 and NPU (Neural network Processing Unit) with 10nm process technology.

In addition to its powerful performance, the NPU that is present on this chipset enables Huawei P20 Pro to get smart artificial intelligence or AI. In fact, Huawei also embed the AI   capability in its camera with a feature called Master AI.

At first glance, this AI Master will detect complete objects with the surrounding environment so that it will determine the best scene or atmosphere to be processed into interesting photos with sharpness, brightness, color, and various other effects that have been adjusted to the conditions.

The AI   Master feature itself can be activated or deactivated on the Settings menu found in the Huawei P20 Pro camera application. If this feature is activated, it will provide the best scene suggestion that can be tried by the user if you want to produce a photo of the object being targeted.

For example, I directed the Huawei P20 Pro camera on food, so the AI   Master will automatically give a suggestion to use Scene Good Food to get a solid color with a bokeh effect so that other people who see the picture will be tempted.

Thanks to the use of the NPU, making the AI   Master feature that is present on this Huawei smartphone is smarter and faster in responding to objects compared to the Scene Optimizer owned by the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. For Gadgets who are curious about the quality, they can see the following photos:

2. Monochrome

We all know that Leica is a camera company that has been present since World War 1 so it is very expert in producing monochrome photos in various conditions. You could say the black and white that is produced from the Leica camera looks sharp and dense so it is very comfortable to see in plain view.

This is also applied to Leica on the Huawei P20 Pro camera because one of them has a monochrome sensor. In other words, this smartphone user is able to produce monochrome or black and white photos directly from an additional unfiltered camera.

Of course monochrome photos that are directly produced with monochrome sensor cameras with 20 MP resolution have better light, danger, and density compared to black and white photos that only use filters.

Interestingly, if the Huawei P20 Pro user activates the monochrome feature in the default camera application it will be presented with 4 main modes consisting of Normal, Aperture, Portrait, and Pro. With the presence of these modes, it allows users to be more creative in producing monochrome photos.

For that, for Gadgets who are curious about the quality of monochrome photos from the Huawei P20 Pro, you can see the results as follows:

3. Night Shot

As the best smartphone with cameras in 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro is able to produce low-light photos or night with good quality with minimal noise. When I take it with automatic mode or Master AI, the results of the night photo are clearer than other smartphone cameras.

But to produce even brighter photos with minimal noise, Huawei also presents a feature called Night Shot. This feature allows the Huawei P20 Pro camera to absorb more light compared to Normal mode so the results are brighter and sharper.

When using the Master AI, the default Huawei P20 Pro camera application will automatically display Scene Night Shot that allows users to use this feature for 4 seconds without using Tripod at all.

We all know that the Night Shot process usually uses Shutter Speed   which is slower than normal conditions so that if the hands shake and tremor then the results will look blurry.

However, Huawei has outsmarted OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) so that the results are not blurred for 4 seconds, even though they are held by hand. Meanwhile, users can switch to Night Shot mode if they want to manually set ISO and Shutter Speed.

At Night Shot, Huawei P20 Pro users are able to set ISOs ranging from 100 to 1600 and Shutter Speed   from 1/4 to 32 seconds. But if the Gadgeter believes in the intuition of the default camera application, it can be set to Auto.

For Gadgets who are curious about the quality of Night Shot on the Huawei P20 Pro, you can see the results of the photo as follows:

4. Optical Zoom

Compared to other P series smartphones, the Huawei P20 Pro is a little different because it has a third camera with telephoto lens with 8 MP resolution. Of course the third camera is not just a decoration to beautify the design of this smartphone.

With the presence of an 8 MP telephoto camera this allows users to be able to produce long-distance photos with 3x Optical Zoom (optical zoom) with good quality without breaking at all. This is very useful if Gadgets want to see information on photos from a distance that is not able to be seen when using photos with a primary camera.

In addition, sometimes users sit on benches that are quite far from the stage when attending an event. But you want to take photos of the speaker from a distance without breaking, so you can use 3x Optical Zoom so that the results are more optimal.

This can overcome the problem when taking photos of speakers remotely using a primary camera. Then the results are enlarged after the photo is taken and usually the result will be broken. For this reason, you should immediately use 3x Optical Zoom if you want to take long-distance photos without breaking.

Even the Huawei P20 Pro has been pinned on the 5x Hybrid Zoom feature that is capable of producing photos further than 3x Optical Zoom with good quality and without breaking the results. This Hybrid Zoom technique uses Super Resolution technology combined with artificial intelligence or Artificial Intelligence (AI) controlled by NPU.

Thanks to the intelligent NPU's ability to make good image processing when taking photos using 5x Hybrid Zoom so that the results of the photo are not broken at all, even though the 3x Optical Zoom is provided.

Well, of course the Gadget is very curious about the capabilities of Optical Zoom and Hybrid Zoom that can be done by the Huawei P20 Pro camera. For that, the gadget can immediately see the results of the photos as follows:

5. 3D Portrait Lighting

You could say this one feature follows the trend brought by the iPhone X when it was launched last year. With the presence of the 3D Portrait Lighting feature on the Huawei P20 Pro it allows users to produce photos of people with artistic results.

The 3D Lighting Portrait feature can be used to take photos of people, either using the front camera or rear camera. Based on my experience, using the 3D Portrait Lighting effect is better to use a rear camera than the front camera.

Even though the front camera of the Huawei P20 Pro has a 24 MP resolution with an f / 2.0 aperture, it was developed not as optimally as the rear camera. In addition to being able to produce photos of people with face and face, this feature is also able to produce photos with interesting creations.

In this feature I really like Stage Lighting and Classic Lighting which allows photos to be in the studio with the results of photos from the head to some bodies that look artistic. If Stage Lighting produces color photos, it is different from Lighting Classic which produces monochrome photos.

For Gadgets who are already curious about the quality, you can see the results of the photo as follows:

6. Light Painting

Light Painting or painting light is one of the photography techniques that play light to produce beautiful photos with the light formed. Usually to be able to produce this technique must slow down Shutter Speed   and decrease ISO by using Pro or Manual Mode.

But the new gadget can see the results of Light Painting after the photo is finished when using Pro Mode. For this reason, Huawei is trying to make it easy for P20 Pro users to produce photos painting light by presenting Light Painting Mode.

With the presence of Light Painting Mode, it allows users to produce photos of light painting in real time without having to do Shutter Speed   or ISO settings. Even the length of light can be determined easily.

Although its use is instant, so that the camera can produce light paintings without blur and good, the Tripod is needed so that there is no vibration during photo taking. However, when using the Master AI, Huawei P20 Pro users can take photos of Light Painting by holding it in their hands for 4 seconds, despite tremors or vibrations.

Of course Huawei has maximized the P20 Pro to be able to take photos of Light Painting for 4 seconds using hands thanks to a combination of OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and artificial intelligence or Artificial Intelligence (AI) from NPU.

But if the Gadget wants to try taking photos of Light Painting for longer, then you should use a Tripod. At Light Painting Mode there are 4 main features which consist of Traffic Trails for photos on the streets by utilizing vehicle lights, Light Graffiti by utilizing someone's moving light, Star Trails to take photos of stars in the sky, and Silky Water allows photos of water movements to be smooth .

For that, for Gadgets who are curious about their abilities, they can see the Traffic Trails photos that I take as follows:

7. Wide Aperture

Wide Aperture is a mainstay feature of the Huawei smartphone that has existed since the presence of P9 in the world. With the presence of this feature allows users to set the level of blur (aperture) before or after taking bokeh photos (background blur).

This feature also utilizes the ability of a combination of two rear cameras, where one camera is used to take object photos and one camera plays a role to see the depth so that it can mark blur easily so that it makes it easy for default camera applications to adjust the blur level.

Wide Aperture that is owned by Huawei P20 Pro allows users to determine the level of blur with artifical software with aperture numbers ranging from f / 0.95 to f / 16 which are tailored to their tastes.

In addition, users can also determine the focus on photos taken, both for objects and backgrouds before and after the photo shoot. For Gadgets who are curious about the capabilities of this feature, you can see the photos as follows:

8. Pro Mode

As a flagship smartphone, of course, the Huawei P20 Pro has been equipped with a Pro (Manual) Mode that can be considered complete. The settings themselves consist of ISO, Shutter Speed, Exposure Value (EV), Autofocus, and White Balance.

Users can set the ISO from 50 to 102400, but if you don't want to bother setting it, you can immediately choose Auto so that the Huawei P20 Pro camera determines the ISO value that is suitable for surrounding conditions.

Furthermore, Shutter Speed   can be set from 1/4000 to 32 seconds which is of course wide range like ISO settings. Again, if Gadgeter believes that the Huawei P20 Pro camera can determine the best shutter speed then it can be set automatically.

While in setting the focus, Huawei P20 Pro users can set it from AF-C (Continuous Autofocus), AF-S (Single Autofocus), to MF (Manual Focus). Of course this selection is in accordance with the tastes of the users.

Finally, White Balance is a calibration point for white so that if the gadget wants to take a photo it can determine the direction of the color warmer toward yellow, neutral, or cold towards the blue.

Besides being able to be set automatically, Huawei P20 Pro users can also determine the White Balance distance from 2800K to 7000K. Of course with this combination of Pro Mode settings, users can produce photos dramatically.

For that, for Gadgets who are curious about the quality of Pro Mode, you can see the results of the photo as follows:


Huawei can create smartphones with powerful photography capabilities such as the Huawei P20 Pro which uses 3 main cameras and works with Leica. Even this smartphone has a variety of modes and interesting features that can spoil users to take good photos in a variety of conditions, both abundant and minimal light.