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Rear Camera 1
16MP (f/2.2, 1.0µm, 26mm), PDAF, HDR, single LED flash, face detection
Missing: OIS and EIS
Still image: 4608×3456 (4:3)
Video record: [email protected]
Features: Photo, Night Shot, HDR, Panorama, Pro, Beauty, Light Painting. There is also an advanced settings menu, summoned by a swipe from the top. RAW output
Rear Camera 2 2MP (f/2.2 1.0µm) for depth sensing, fixed focus
Selfie 16MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm, 78degree FOV (good for two people)
3D 96 recognition points facial recognition and skin enhancement
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First, let me say how much I hate the camera placement. In typical Apple style, it is on the top left rear of the phone. About half the 100 or so reference shots had my fingers in the frame! Give me a centre mount any day.

We found that good lighting means a good picture. Daylight and office lighting 500-lumen shots have accurate colours, good brightness but lack very slightly in detail.

Poor lighting conditions make above average shots almost impossible to achieve

Huawei’s website states: LCD [flash] intelligent light technology is banishing grainy, poor quality photographs. With a spectrum of 11 colour temperatures for intelligent light rebalancing within different lighting modes and 4 in 1 light fusion, every image in any light comes out clear and bright.

Sorry, we just did not see that. Night shot mode (user selectable and therefore not part of the full auto tests) is a little better but stretches exposure times too much for a handheld shot.

I suspect the Kirin 659 processor simply lacks the power to do the post-processing to produce the amazing results we see on the P20 Pro.

Camera-wise it’s slightly better than average. But the second lens does not do much other than enabling bokeh. You don’t need two lenses to do that – so it is more a marketing thing.

But, we have seen a lot worse. It is better than you can expect in the mass-market category.

Daylight, outdoors

Huawei Nova 3e

ISO 50, 1/661 second, 5.3MB Wide angle but not as sharp as expected

Indoors Office Light

Huawei Nova 3e

ISO 50, 1/50 second, 3.3MB Notice the pinkish cast on the offwhite cupboards. Also lacking some detail and the Soduku colours are very pink (should eb warm red)


Huawei Nova 3e

ISO 320, 1/33 second, 3.3MB Lacking colour and definition.


The 116MP selfie gives good detail and colour. Its wider angle is good for two people in the shot.

Huawei Nova 3ePanorama

3,100 pixels and about 25MB image size. It is quite good.


The 2MP camera is for depth information. Our bokeh experiments were not good with lack of delineation between the foreground (focus) and background (out of focus). Again, this is a post-processing issue. Same goes for the portrait mode that produces an 8MP image after post-processing.


[email protected] It is competent but lacking in sharpness – details.  Colour is good. A 1minute video is 135MB.