First, let's summarize some of the most important camera specifications. All the fun is about the "Leica Triple Camera". These include an 8-megapixel tele-shooter with an f / 2.4 lens and optical image stabilization, and a 40-megapixel camera with an f / 1.8 lens.
Oh, and there's an extra 20-megapixel monochrome sensor (with f / 1
Besides all the hardware numbers, Huawei focuses on imaging the KI-Smarts camera test sheet The P20 and standard still mode have AI support turned on automatically. (You can turn it off in Preferences.)
Making the temperamental AI function look like an enraged one – especially if you want to test whether objects are correctly identified and how settings are made when it detects something, that justifies it … like in a camera test. Is that better than misjudged scene modes, as we have seen in LG's similar AI-enabled V30 ThinQ? I'm not sure – I just wanted more consistency.
Spirited behavior was not a deal-breaker, simply because I was so pleased with the photos that the AI-based camera had finally captured. They are all ready for immediate use: Pictures in portrait format have a smoother skin tone and slightly blurred backgrounds, while the P20 Pro has enhanced the colors he has selected for food and flower shots.
Huawei's imaging algorithms and settings, while a little aggressive with saturation and bokeh effects, sometimes uses only a light touch to photos. Here is the AI setting of the P20 Pro for food photography, compared to a standard shot on the iPhone X.