Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Camera Tips and Tricks

by Kelvin

Huawei has been making extraordinary waves in the ocean of mobile technology and has been the number one choice for photography with smartphones. The newest device, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, follows up on the excellent Huawei P20 Pro, Bringing even more flexibility and power to the photographer.

The queen specification of the Mate 20 Pro has to be its Leica triple chamber configuration. Not only have they been co-designed with the most famous and extremely respected lens manufacturer, but allow three different focal lengths to choose from.


In addition, the user also has a resolution of up to 40 megapixels (with the 27mm equivalent main camera / lens combination), as well as manual control and raw format capture.

As we saw earlier, the native camera camera application is extremely well presented. It's so versatile that it's worth wasting time knowing how it works – I hope these tips and tricks help you do just that.

1. Turn off the AI ​​Master

One of the many impressive things about the Mate 20 Pro is its ability to recognize exactly what the user is photographing – be it a dog, a person, some autumn leaves or even a waterfall.

All thanks to the super smart Master AI. Sometimes, however, it can be a bit overdone, offering over-saturated blues and greens that make things somewhat unrealistic.

Unplugging it from the camera menu is a surefire way to make sure landscape photos (in particular) look a little more realistic.

2. Explore Pro Mode

If you are enthusiastic about photography, Pro mode is where you should focus.

In this mode, the user has the option to change the ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, AF mode, white balance and metering.

Another feature of Pro mode is the Horizontal level, which can be displayed to help maintain theShoot as straight as possible – ideal for landscape photography, especially when using the wide-angle lens.

3. Raw Photos

Most professionals will say that the ability to make raw records is the best choice for maximum post production flexibility.

With Mate 20 Pro, you can shoot raw in your phone.

Raw can only be accessed when shooting in Pro mode. For this phone, the raw format is DNG, which can be opened with many different programs, including Photoshop.

4. Choose the bokeh

Portrait modes are becoming increasingly familiar, most smartphones State-of-the-art offers a way to create a shallow depth-of-field effect with blurred backgrounds.

The Mate 20 Pro goes further with a range of bokehs in different ways to choose from.

Bokeh is a Japanese meaning Blur in photography is the word to describe the shape of out-of-focus areas. This will let the user see if they have enabled this option. Instead of the classic circles of light, the user can certainly choose hearts, whirlwind or other details, but fun too.

5. night mode

This is a feature we first saw on the P20 Pro and continues to impress.

When the light is dim, they go into Night mode and the phone will gather a series of short exposures to get as much light as possible.

Sample Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera

It's great for shooting at night, but it's also ideal for other places where light may be out regardless of the time of day.

A hidden trick is revealed if the phone detects that it is being held on a tripod – the exposure time will jump from 4 to 5 seconds, up to a much longer period which will correspond to even more impressive results.

6. Monochrome Photo

While the P20 Pro had a dedicated Monochrome sensor, the Mate 20 Pro abdicated it to make way for the wide angle lens.

But Mono mode is still enough to go to "More" on the main screen and choose "Monochrome".

In addition to being able to take standard black-and-white photos, the user can also mix it with Aperture mode (for shallow depth-of-field effects), Portrait mode (for similar but human effects) and even mode. Pro.

7. Wide Angle Photos

The added flexibility of a wide-angle lens is great for many different scenarios, including landscapes and interior photos.

To get to the wide-angle lens, the user can touch the 1x icon on the main screen where it will go through 1x, 3x, 5x (which is the hybrid zoom option) before reaching 0.6x.

8. Get the most out of the sensor

With the Mate 20 Pro's main camera sensor, the user can record at 40 megapixels, which can be useful if you want elaborate details.

However, this resolution is not the default option, you must enable it in the camera menu. The user can use 40 megapixels in standard mode or more advanced Pro mode.

It is worth noting that if you select 40 megapixel shooting, you will no longer be able to access the wide-angle lens or telephoto lens. Remember to turn it off again when you want to zoom in or out.

9. HDR Recording

Another mode that is a bit hidden is HDR. the user will find it in the "More" setting.

You may want to use it sparingly, as the effect is a bit overdone, but in some situations it can really help to create a more interesting result.

It's easy to turn it off again when you're done, just Touchez the "X" next to HDR to get back to normal shooting.

10. Opening Mode

Aperture mode is great when you want to create depth-of-field effects, and you can use it with any setting you want.

Unlike Portrait mode, it does not offer different forms of bokeh, but it has another useful and interesting trick.

With this mode, the user can change the amount of blur and actually change the focus point after taking the picture.

To choose a different point, Touchez the Aperture icon when viewing the image in the gallery. You will find that you can choose from an aperture effect of f / 0.95 to f / 16, as well as Touchez around the scene to select a completely different focus point.

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