The camera setup is very similar to the P40 Pro released earlier this year, but there are some subtle differences. The Mate 40 Pro’s main camera doesn’t have an optical stabilization system, but comes with the same 1/1.28″ sensor and f/1 aperture lens.
Today Huawei launched its new smartphone Mate 40 Pro, and DxOMark has already tested one of the first units. The camera setup is very similar to the P40 Pro released earlier this year, but there are some subtle differences. The Mate 40 Pro’s main camera doesn’t have an optical stabilization system, but comes with the same 1/1.28″ sensor and f/1.9 aperture lens as the P-series model.
The ultraWide camera retains the lens seen on the P40 Pro with an f/1.8 aperture and 18mm equivalent field of view, but now uses a 20MP sensor with larger pixels instead of 40MP. The 5x tele-camera’s specifications remain unchanged.
With relatively few changes compared to the P40 Pro’s camera specs, we were curious to see if Huawei engineers were able to increase image quality and camera performance in the new model. DXOMARK’s test shows that yes, Huawei did it again
Huawei Mate 40 Pro camera specifications
- triple camera setup
- Primary: 50 MP 1/1.28″ sensor (12 MP output), 23 mm-equivalent (1x defined as 27 mm) f/1.9-aperture lens, full-pixel Octa-PD
- Ultra-wide: 20MP 1/1.54″ sensor, 18mm-equivalent f/1.8-aperture lens, PDAF
- Tele: 12MP 1/3.56″ sensor, 125mm-equivalent f/3.4-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS (optical image stabilization)
- LED flash
- 4K video, 2160p/60f ps (2160p/30fps tested)
- multispectral color temperature sensor
Huawei has a history of creating smartphones with extraordinary cameras and the Mate 40 Pro is no exception. The new model achieves an excellent DXOMARK camera score of 136 and is the new number one in the ranking. The photo’s underscore of 140 is also a new record, thanks to excellent results in almost every challenge.
The dynamic range has a particular highlight. as you’d expect from a top 2020 phone, the camera captures a good exposure of the target even in low light. In addition, the Mate 40 Pro is able to maintain a wide dynamic range at all light levels, even in low light. By comparison, many competitors are able to record good highlights and shadow details in bright light, but fail to do so in low-light conditions. This makes the new Huawei a great choice for night shots and other difficult low-light scenarios.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro is the new king of photography
It seems that Huawei engineers managed to make the Mate 40 Pro’s camera even better, despite the lack of optical image stabilization in the main module. The new model improves on the P40 Pro’s already very good performance in several areas and is particularly impressive in the dynamic range, providing excellent results even in low light. That makes it an excellent choice for any type of low-light photography, but the new Huawei is more than capable of handling any photographic challenge.
It’s also the best device so far for video, thanks to its excellent noise control, effective stabilization and smooth autofocus adaptation, making it the most versatile smartphone for any type of mobile visual content creator today.