Huawei P40 Pro Camera Test And Review 2020

(upbeat music) – What’s up, guys? SuperSaf here and in this video, we’re going to be doing a deep dive into the cameras of the Huawei P40 Pro. Thanks to Huawei for partneringwith me for this video. Now, you may have alreadyseen my Two Week Later video with the Huawei P40 Pro. I’ll link that video in the cause and in the description. That has an overviewof all of the features of this device but in this video, we’re specifically going tobe looking at the cameras. This has one of the best cameras out there on a smartphone right now and there are lots of features, some of which you may already know about, and others which you may not, so I’m going to try to coveras many of these as possible. I’ll leave some timestamps inthe pinned comment down below if there’s a particular section that you want to have a look at. So initially looking at the hardware. We do have six cameras in total, co-engineered with Leica. There’s four at the back and then there’s two at the front. Starting off with the rear-facing cameras, the primary camera isa 50-megapixel camera. And it has one of the largest sensor sizes in the market right now on a smartphone. It’s around one over 1.28 inches. It as an f/1.9 aperture with optical image stabilization. And what’s interesting about this camera is that it uses an RYYB sensor type, not an RGB like we see on pretty much all othersmartphone cameras out there. And this essentially allowsin a lot more light compared to traditional sensors. And this year, for the first time, Huawei are also using the RYYB sensor type for the optical periscopetelephoto camera. This is going to allow upto 40% more light intake. It’s a 12-megapixel camera with an f/3.4 aperture with optical image stabilization. And this can give you upto five times optical zoom, up to 10 times hybrid zoom and up to 50 times digital zoom. The third camera is the40-megapixel ultra-wide cine camera. This has an f/1.8 aperture and its going to allow you toget a lot more into your shots. It’s around 18 millimetersin terms of the focal length. We then have Huawei’stime-of-flight camera, which measures depth information. And then at the front, we have a 32-megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus and there’salso a secondary camera for depth information too. So when you initially open the camera app, you’ll notice a slider. This slider is going to easily allow you to switch between the primary camera, the ultra-wide, five x as well as 10 x. However, if you do tapand slide across this, then you are going to beable to smoothly transition between these different lenses and go all the way up to 50 x Now, a few things to note whenyou get your Huawei P40 Pro, there is a Master AI button. Now, Master AI looks at your scene and then uses software togive you the best results. So for instance, if you’retrying to shoot a sunset, it’s going to know thatyou are looking at a sunset and then it’s going to tweak the settings in the background to giveyou the best image possible. This now also supports thingslike activities and sports, so when you do want to capture the action, once again, Master AI is going to be able to detect the scene and make the adjustments reallyquickly in the background without you having to worry about it. Now, I generally tend to keep this on but if you like, you can easilyjust switch it off as well. And another thing that I do is I go into the Settings and I firstly, switchon the assistive grid, as well as the horizon level. This system grid is going tooverlay a three-by-three grid on top of your screen. This is going to help youbetter compose your shots, especially if you’re going for something with the rule of thirds. And the horizon level,pretty self-explanatory. Gives you a horizon line just to make sure thatyour shots are straight. So these are two things that I switch on right away and they’ve very, very useful. There’s also an optionto get different looks or your images. You can slide through these, there’s lots of options here. I generally tend to leaveit at Leica Standard. Right, so that’s the primary filter mode which you’ll be spending a lot of time in but of course, there’s lots more modes. The first one is portrait mode. So this is to get those nice-looking blurry background shots. The first thing you can seeis that we’ve got a one x, a two x and a three x option. I generally tend to shootportraits at around two x. I think that’s the best focal length. It’s similar to what your eyessee in terms of perspective. And then we have an Effects panel which is going to let youbrowse through to lots of different effectsfor your portrait shots. I tend to leave this on circles which I think gives you themost natural-looking bokeh in the background but if you’d like, you can try out some hearts inthe background, some swirls. There’s also a stagelighting effect here too. There’s also a Beauty mode for those of you guys who like to use it and that’s going to smoothenout your skin a little bit. This is something that Ipersonally like to switch off. Now, that’s portraits of people but what about if you want to take some professional-lookingshots of objects? Well, in this case, I tend to use the Aperture mode.

This is one of my favorite modes on the Huawei P40 Pro camera. It tries to replicate what you get on aprofessional DSLR camera. The best thing about this isthat you can take your shots and then you can go into the gallery and you can actuallychange the focus point and you can also change the level of blur, so you can tweak betweenthe different apertures, and this is something that I really like playing around with, especially when itcomes to taking pictures of things like food. Now, in between apertureand portrait mode, there is, of course, Night mode. Now, Huawei are leaders inthis area and they’re the ones who really introducedNight mode smartphones. The way this essentially works is it takes multiple imagesover a period of time depending on the amount of light in your scene and then it combines these images to give you some reallyimpressive low-light shots. Now, what’s great about the P40 Pro is that the Night mode actually works on the ultra-wide camera, as well as the telephoto camera, so you can get impressivelow-light shots across the board. Now, you do have an option to manually change your shutter speed, as well as your ISO within Node mode. This is something that Igenerally tend to leave on automatic because itdoes a good job anyway. Now, if you are somebody who wants to get a littlebit more adventurous, then you can go into the Pro mode. Now, the Pro mode is really feature rich. It’s got controls for pretty much all of your different settings, such as your ISO, your shutterspeed, your white balance, your focus point, andeven if you’re somebody who’s new to photography, I definitely recommendhaving a play around with this feature. It gives you a good feelfor using a pro camera by tweaking some of these settings and seeing what results that you get. I especially use this mode if I want to try to getsome sort of a silhouette. But another thing that’s really cool within the Pro mode is the ability to shoot at thefull 50-megapixel resolution. So generally, the P40 Pro uses a process called pixel binning. This combines multiple pixels into one to give you better low-light sensitivity, as well as better dynamic range. So normally you’ll be shootingat around 12 megapixels. However, within Pro mode, if you do want that full50-megapixel resolution, you can get this, and more so, you also have the option to shoot in raw. A raw image is going tobe larger in file size and it’s going to contain a lot more data, which is going to giveyou lots more flexibility to edit the image in post. I definitely recommendhaving a play with this. It’s very impressive typesof results you can get by shooting raw images. But before we look at someof the camera features, let’s have a look at the video mode. On the P40 Pro, you canfilm at up to four K, 60 frames a second from allof the different cameras. You can easily change the resolution as well as the frame rate in the settings, and the recommendedresolution is at 1080p. This is where you’re going toget the best stabilization. (birds tweeting)(people mumbling) Right, now those are the main camera modes but we have many more to look at. So if you do tap More, you’ll get a whole selectionof different modes, and let’s go through these. First one is Monochrome. So Huawei, really known fortheir monochrome photography. This mode is optimizedto give you the best out of your monochrome images. We then have an HDR mode. Now, although regular imageswill have high-dynamic range, this is more of an enhanced dynamic range so if you do want to get someextended high-dynamic range, you can use this mode. There’s a Documents mode, which I actually find really useful if there’s a document that you want to take a quick picture of. Sometimes you’ll get it ata slightly different angle. This is essentially goingto use it as a scanner so you can forget about using a scanner, you can just take a picture on here and it’s going to optimize theimage to come across properly as a document. There’s a High-Res mode,which is going to allow you to shoot at that full 50 megapixels if you don’t want to be tweaking any of the settings in Pro mode. There’s Panorama mode, which is going to let yourcapture some epic panoramic shots. The way this works isby holding the P40 Pro from left and moving itall the way to the right, and this is especiallyuseful for landscapes. Next up is Light Painting. This is a mode that it really like and you can get really creative with this. When in Light Painting, you’ve got a few different options. You’ve got traffic trails, light graffiti, silky water and star trails. Now, I would recommendmounting the P40 Pro on a tripod or just proppingit up steady somewhere before you use this mode, and that’s how you’re goingto get the best results. Light graffiti is something that’s really easy to use. You just need to be in a dark environment and use a light, maybe the torch function on another smartphone andthen just draw a wave. You can also use the flash ifyou do want to expose yourself in that shot as well. And things like star trails, it depends on how clear the skies are but again, if you prop this up and you shoot, you can getsome really epic shots. We’ve got stickers so there’sa wide variety of stickers that you can overlayon top of your images, including location, time,day, as well as mood. Dual-View is quite interesting and useful. This splits your screen into two and it uses two differentcameras at the same time. So if you do want to gettwo different perspectives of the same thing, recordit as the same time, then Dual-View’s goingto be very, very useful. Moving on to Slow-Mo.

Now, the Huawei P40 Pro has some very impressive slow mo. So if you do want torecord continuous slow mo, you can do that but if you do want to takethings to the next level, then you can go on to super slow mo and this is going to allowyou to slow things down by up to 256 times, which I believe is the sloweston any smartphone out there. The way this works is it’sgoing to capture a quick burst, otherwise you’d have areally, really long video. And you have a square which is kind of like your action point. So you can place thissquare wherever you like and as soon as the P40Pro notices movement within that square, it’s going to get thatburst of slow motion. This is a feature that I really like because you can get somevery impressive results. I would recommend using this in an environment wherethere is a lot of light because you are at avery, very high frame rate so this is going to work bestwhen you are in daylight. We’ve got Time-Lapse, which is the opposite of slow motion. If you do want to capture things sped up, then this is going to be quite cool. Once again, I wouldrecommend using a tripod or mounting this somewhereto get the best results, and it’s going to work best with things that are generally very slow moving, such as the clouds. Now, there is anUnderwater feature here too if you do want to getsome underwater shots. However, it is recommended that you do get a waterproof case before trying this out. Now let’s move on to thefront-facing cameras. Now, I’ve said this before, but the Huawei P40 Pro has one of my favorite selfiecameras on a smartphone ever. It’s got some great detail. It’s also pretty wide soyou can get a few people into your shots. And it’s got a very impressiveportrait mode thanks to that depth sensor. So in your regular mode, you can just go ahead and take images. Because it does have auto focus, it is going to give you the best result so if you move further away or you move closer, youare going to be in focus, whereas on lots of other smartphones, you do have fixed focus, which is generally at around arm’s length. But if you do go into Portrait mode, you can once again select arange of different effects, like you can do in the Portrait mode from the rear-facing cameras. But once again, I wouldrecommend sticking to circles, which for me, gives you the best results and the most natural-lookingbokeh in the background. But if you’d like to exploresome different modes, these are all available here as they are on the rear-facing cameras. Of course, there’s also a Beauty mode and the Huawei P40 Proactually asks you as soon as you enter the front-facing camera would like to keep Beauty mode on or off? I personally like to have this off but I’m sure there’slots of people out there who do like to have abit of skin smoothening so that option is available foryou if you’d like to use it. Now, if you do want to have a bit of fun, there is an AR Lens mode which uses the depth information from the front cameras tomap characters onto your face and this does work really well. I’m not some body whouses this feature much but if you are somebodywho likes to play around with some of these fun features, then it’s also available if you’d like. And that is the HuaweiP40 Pro camera deep dive. There was a lot to cover and I tried to cover as much as possible. What do you guys think ofthe Huawei P40 Pro cameras? What else would you like me to cover with the Huawei P40 Pro? Definitely let me knowin the comments below. I hope you enjoyed thisvideo and found it useful. If you did, then do hitthat thumbs up for me. And if you haven’t already, and you want to seemore content like this, then be sure to subscribeand hit that bell icon. That way, you won’t missany future coverage. Thanks for watching. This is Saf on SuperSaf TV and I’ll see you next time. (upbeat music)

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