Huawei officially released the annual flagship Huawei Mate 20 series products in China. It is no accident. The Huawei P20 Pro, which was DXO in March this year, also appeared on the Mate 20 series. It is standard in the whole system.
DXO is the world’s leading camera evaluation agency. Before the Huawei P20 Pro reached the summit, it was generally dominated by every generation of iPhones. For example, last year’s iPhone X was 197 days in the top spot.
Apple, which has been eclipsed on the iPhone X, brought a brand new iPhone XS series in October this year, a new dual-camera CMOS, a new processor ISP, a new photo-taking algorithm, and won with the iPhone XS MAX. The DXO score of 105 points is second only to Huawei P20 Pro.
There is no doubt that DXO has made a judgment with a professional eye. Huawei and Apple represent the strongest camera standards for Android and iOS.
So with the release of the Huawei Mate 20 series, the question came: Who is better for Huawei’s new flagship Mate 20 and iPhone XS MAX
Huawei Mate 20 and iPhone XS Max rear camera specifications comparison.
It can be seen that the iPhone XS MAX still uses the dual-lens scheme of iPhone X wide-angle + telephoto. This scheme is very familiar to everyone, and I will not repeat it here.
The Huawei Mate 20 uses a wide-angle + super wide-angle + telephoto three-camera solution, which is a new three-camera solution, even different from the previous Huawei P20 Pro (black and white + telephoto) three-camera solution.
Among them, the 12MP camera is a rear main camera for normal imaging; and the 16 million pixel camera is a super wide-angle lens, which brings two new shooting modes of “super wide angle” + “super macro”; as for 8 million paintings The prime camera is a telephoto lens for double optical zoom.
Among them, Huawei Mate 20’s main camera uses the Huawei P20 Sony IMX380 sensor, single-pixel size 1.55 micron, is the largest single-color CMOS in mainstream mobile phones.
The iPhone XS MAX’s dual-camera uses Sony’s custom CMOS. The specific model is unknown, but its single-pixel size has been upgraded from 1.22 micron to 1.4 microns for iPhone X. From the point of view, it is roughly equivalent to the CMOS of IMX363.
If you simply compare the arguments, Huawei Mate 20’s IMX380 is more luxurious, but taking pictures has always been a systematic project. In addition to the hard body, the algorithm, training, and lens can affect the actual imaging effect.
Then there is not much nonsense. Let’s compare the proofs of a real knife and see who is the real flagship.
PS: The picture above shows the Huawei Mate 20 proofs. The picture below shows the iPhone X proofs, all arranged in this order.
PS1: The iPhone sample is displayed according to the P3 wide color gamut. When you view the sample on the iPhone, the color level of the iPhone sample will be more abundant. Watching iPhone proofs on most monitors that don’t support the P3 color gamut will be slightly overexposed or over-exposed.
PS2: Huawei Mate 20 system version number is 184.108.40.206; iPhone XS MAX system version number is 12.0.1.
Macro proofs, both mobile phones can focus on shooting at very close distances, the optical background blur is good, the focus is clear and sharp, and the focus is very natural.
However, if you look closely, the difference between the two is still very obvious. The green leaves of Huawei Mate 20 are more green, and the reflection of the blades is crystal clear. The iPhone XS MAX has higher green saturation and greener.
Backlighting scene proofs, strong contrast between the dark and the dark test the camera’s dynamic range, contrast, iPhone XS MAX flower dark part of the brightness is higher, but Huawei Mate 20’s picture tolerance is higher.
Specifically, Huawei Mate 20 has more rich brightness details in the dark part of the petals, the darkest part of the picture is far darker than the iPhone XS MAX, and the richer brightness brings a more three-dimensional and fuller flower image. The flowers under the iPhone XS MAX are too flat.
The next step is Super Macro Contrast. Here, I emphasize that I have manually focused on the iPhone XS MAX here, but I still can’t identify the main body of the picture.
It can be seen that the Huawei Mate 20 still maintains a very good performance in the super macro scene, the picture details are rich, the brightness-color is also full enough, and the optical blur is also perfect.
Add a point here, the macro proof is taken at a distance of 2CM from the subject. In fact, some Huawei Mate 20 can still focus correctly. I have to say that this is the best macro shooting ability I have ever seen.
Followed by white balance proofs, in the sun, both color renderings are very good, accurately restore the human eye’s actual look and feel, there is no obvious color cast, but after careful study, Huawei Mate 20 screen training is cold, and iPhone XS The MAX picture is warmer.
Details of the sample, Huawei Mate 20 and iPhone XS MAX proofs have very good picture details, the details of the doors, windows, railings, and air conditioners in the distant high buildings are quite clear, and the picture noise control is also very good.
Next is the night proofs competition. Although the iPhone XS MAX has a higher brightness, because of the high brightness, it also causes serious glare at the light source. The texture on the right headlight has been covered by the light.
The night scene performance of Huawei Mate 20 is perfect. Under the good picture brightness, Huawei has suppressed the light source glare, and almost completely preserved all the texture details on the right side light box.
The proofs of the close-up at night are very good. Both the details of the lanterns and the background blur are remarkable. However, the lanterns of the iPhone XS MAX are deeper and deeper, which also brings a thicker image quality.
In the neon building, there are many neon lights and street lights outside the building. It is a good place to test the lens. The performance of Huawei P20 Pro is still impeccable. The neon light has no overflowing font boundary, and the picture is very clean, clear and transparent.
The performance of the iPhone XS MAX is better than the light box just now, but the picture seems to cover a layer of faint halo, which makes the picture look a bit like the lens is not clean.
In this nighttime proof with a large sky, both have achieved good results, the noise in the dark part of the picture is well controlled, the details are rich enough, the brightness of the iPhone XS MAX is still higher, and this time there is no glare problem; and Huawei Mate The dark part of 20 is obviously darker and the contrast of the picture is higher.
It should be noted that the above night proofs are all open the night scene mode of Huawei Mate 20, here is the performance of the super night scene on Huawei Mate 20:
Huawei Mate 20’s super night scene proof, in the super night scene mode, Huawei Mate 20’s picture brightness instantly surpassed the iPhone XS MAX, while maintaining a very good noise control, and near-perfect picture details, such as the far right corner of the picture The details of the doors and windows on the building are more abundant.
In all fairness, the iPhone XS MAX’s camera is very obvious compared to last year’s iPhone X. The new iPhone is very obvious in terms of picture saturation, picture brightness, night performance, etc. DXO obviously sees these advances, iPhone XS MAX The score is 8 points higher than the iPhone X.
However, after actual sample comparison, Huawei Mate 20 performs better than iPhone XS MAX in terms of picture latitude, color, contrast, and glare control.
Obviously, in the 7 months, since the Huawei P20 Pro hit the DXO, Huawei has not stopped moving forward, upgrading the black and white lens of the Leica three-camera system to a new ultra-wide-angle lens without sacrificing the clarity of the picture. It brings two stunning new wide-angle and super-macro camera modes.
It is no wonder that Huawei’s BG CEO Yu Chengdong ridiculed the photo of Huawei’s Mate 20 series at the release meeting: “If you put the Mate 20 series (DXO score) on it, the top few in the list are almost all Huawei. The mobile phone is too much against the friends.”
In fact, Huawei does have a confident capital. Huawei has created the first Leica three-camera mobile phone camera system, and Sony has customized 40 million pixel monster CMOS IMX600. The handhelds have followed up with the handheld super night scene. This is Huawei’s own The source of extreme confidence in mobile phone camera technology.
Undoubtedly, it is no surprise that with the accumulation and progress in innovation and R&D, Huawei Mate 20 series will inherit Huawei P20 Pro‘s incompetent position in mobile phone photography, and stand firmly in the mobile phone camera.