We could not fault the outdoors shots. Lots of detail, colour, contrast, and sharpness to please. AI is interesting and will recognise scenes and attempt to correct for them without losing the integrity of the image or colour.
HDR does its job, and with the Qualcomm 845 powerhouse I left it on. There was no hunting for exposures – quick and snappy. ISO 100, 1/988 sec, 5MB
Indoors Office Light
Indoors shots were impressive. Accurate colours and good details.
ISO 226, 1/50 sec, 2.8MB
Low light – no flash
Accurate colours, HDR brings out the highlights, a little noise creeping in. We suspect the 20MP shoots at 5MP gathering more light to reinforce the 16MP main camera.
ISO 731/1/33 sec, 2.3MB
Selfie: 25MP snapper – get out!
The camera uses a 25MP Sony IMX576 sensor that is the same as the Huawei P20 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ and Nova 3e.
I don’t do selfies – at least I won’t show them to you. Selfies are fast, ISO 331, 1/25 sec and a 3.3MB picture. It has a fixed focus, so you need to have the camera at the right distance. HDR effects are also mandatory! Bokeh was good despite not having two lenses. The 3D modelling camera looks after that.
The beautify features (post-processing) include One-tap beauty (I need several taps), whitening (or tanning), dermabrasion (to remove wrinkles), blemish removal slim face, enlarge eyes, brighten eyes, remove panda eyes, whiten teeth and more. Look out Tinder!!!
There are also the obligatory stickers, Omoji and more.
It does superb [email protected] with OIS. Colours and details are on par with other flagships. The Qualcomm SocC supports HDR10, HLG, and H.265 (HEVC) video capture.
I laugh at reviewers who profess that one brand is vastly better than another citing a highly subjective points system.
For example, saying that the Huawei P20 Pro with three rear cameras is the best (and it may be by a very, very small margin) because DXOMARK says so. It is great camera but a) it is nowhere near the quality of a DSLR and b) it needs very skilled hands to get the best out of it.
I challenge any user to spot the difference between other flagships cameras. HTC U12+, Samsung Galaxy Note9, Samsung Galaxy S9/Plus, Sony XZ2, Google Pixel 2 XL, LG V30+/G7 ThinQ and now the OPPO Find X are all damned good!
As I wrote in the Huawei P20 Pro review, “In full AI Master auto Joe and Jane Average will find the Samsung GS9+, Google Pixel 2 XL, LG V30+, Sony XZ2 and HTC U12+ are slightly better.” What I meant is that it is easier to get great results.