Camera Battle: Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs iPhone Xs Max vs Google Pixel 3

Smartphone shooting peaked by the end of 2018 thanks to advanced image technology

modern processors. Smartphone cameras can process multiple images in almost real time.

</ p>

Advertising

Advertising

Most flagships take a few frames,to combine them into one photo of the best quality using computational photography. There are also wide-angle and telephoto lenses. Do not forget that most smartphones now contain several cameras. In general, pictures on smartphones have never been as good as they are now.

Today we will compare the capabilities of the cameras Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3. We will compare the sharpness of details, the illumination of images, as well as the approximation.

In theory, the Mate 20 Pro should defeat already with threecameras (8MP telephoto lens with optical image stabilization, 40MP main and 20MP wide-angle), but this may not happen due to poor photo processing and the company's love to “smooth out” everything. Two iPhone cameras (12MP telephoto lens and 12MP primary) are a great compromise, and a Google smartphone with one camera (12MP, optical image stabilization) can cope with its system.

Advertising

Advertising

Which smartphone will be the winner? Let’s take a look at the comparison of results and find out which of the smartphones takes the best pictures.

Notes:

Advertising

Advertising

  • On all three smartphones, the latest available version of the system was installed, as well as the latest versions of applications.
  • All photos were taken in automatic shooting mode, while smartphones were held in hands (for realism).
  • You can view photos in full resolution here and make a conclusion yourself.

Test 1: sunny landscape

This is the easiest test that every smartphone should handle. Below is the full-size image, and below it is a comparison of approximate details on three smartphones.

Results of Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3:

Advertising

Advertising

As expected, all three smartphones did just fine. Due to the processing, the shot on the Mate 20 Pro looks less natural, but it is not very noticeable.

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 10/10, Apple iPhone Xs Max: 10/10, Google Pixel 3: 10/10.

Test 2: approximation

We used a snapshot of the same church, but nowzoomed in on the frame, focusing it on the clock tower. On the Mate 20 Pro, the 3x approximation is used, on the iPhone Xs Max - 2x, and on the Pixel 3, the degree of approximation cannot be determined. Here are the results of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3:

Here the difference is very noticeable. I believe the iPhone did better than the Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro has a closer approach, but less detail. In addition, due to the reflection of the sun from the watch dial, the picture looks highlighted. On the Pixel 3, a system is used to get closer, and it seems to have done it. Sort of. The system is better than conventional digital zoom, but not as good as a telephoto lens. As the iPhone proved with the perfect result.

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 8/10, Apple iPhone Xs Max: 10/10, Google Pixel 3: 710.

Test 3: Ultra-HDR

Below is a shot taken against the sun. I myself have not seen much because of the bright sun, but here's how the cameras of smartphones handled, you will find out below.

Results of Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3:

All three smartphones did incredibly well, howeverdue to noise reduction on the Mate 20 Pro, some elements of the picture are practically invisible (the red part on the wing of the plane and the edges of the propeller). Yes, I find fault with trifles, but these are flagships, so they should cope perfectly. The Pixel 3 did a little better in terms of accuracy of detail transfer, but because of this, the picture looks even worse. The result of the iPhone Xs Max is balanced and looks the best.

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 8/10, Apple iPhone Xs Max: 10/10, Google Pixel 3: 910.

Test four: approximation [2]

I wanted to compare the zoom again, especially between the telephoto lenses on the Mate 20 Pro and the iPhone Xs Max. Below is the full-size image:

Here are the results of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3:

This time I selected the details in the shade so thatsmartphones were even harder. The Mate 20 Pro wins here thanks to the hybrid zoom using a telephoto lens and parts of the frame at 40MP main lens. The result was a shot with excellent details. The iPhone Xs Max photo was surprisingly noisy and blurry. Pixel 3 surprised me with its processing algorithms, but it handled a bit worse than the iPhone.

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 10/10, Apple iPhone Xs Max: 7/10, Google Pixel 3: 6/10.

Test 5: indoor parts

Below you can see a photograph of the altar in the church with many small details.

Advertising

Advertising

Results of Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3:

All three shots are good, but the details of the Mate 20 Pro are slightly worse than the rest. The iPhone did a little better, but the Pixel 3 this time broke into first place - you can even see the edges of the pages of the Bible. Impressive.

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 7/10, Apple iPhone Xs Max: 9/10, Google Pixel 3: 10/10.

Test 6: details in the dark

Right behind the altar, I saw figures covered in shadow. It was difficult to see with the naked eye, so the smartphone cameras had excellent chances. Here is a full-size shot that looks brighter than in reality:

Results of Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3:

The details of the Mate 20 Pro turned out to be very clear anddistinguishable. Yes, anti-aliasing is noticeable, but the image still looks great. Pixel 3 is not far behind, but the noise in the photo is a bit more, although it looks more realistic. But the iPhone Xs Max turned out to be a very noisy shot. However, all three smartphones were able to surprise me.

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 9/10, Apple iPhone Xs Max: 7/10, Google Pixel 3: 8/10.

Test 7: poor lighting

I decided to test smartphones in even worse lighting conditions. In the picture, the room does not look as dark as it was in reality. Here is the full size image:

Results of Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3:

On approaching, one can see how dark it was in the room. The Mate 20 Pro shot turned out to be the most ugly. Pixel 3 did a better job. The iPhone has an average result.

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 8/10, Apple iPhone Xs Max: 9/10, Google Pixel 3: 10/10.

Test 8: flash

Below is a photograph of a bookshelf in a dark room, taken with a flash:

Results of Huawei Mate 20 Pro, iPhone Xs Max and Google Pixel 3:

At first glance, the Mate 20 Pro did the job.excellent, but if you look at the text on the books, there is noticeable smoothing. The iPhone captured the most details, and the Pixel 3 earned an average result. I could not choose a winner, so I gave all smartphones the same number of points.

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 8/10, Apple iPhone Xs Max: 8/10, Google Pixel 3: 8/10.

Verdict

Here are the general results of all three smartphones:

  1. Apple iPhone Xs Max: 70/80.
  2. Google pixel 3: 68/80.
  3. Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 68/80.

I was surprised that the iPhone did better than the Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro. Apple has an excellent balance of proximity, detail, clarity and noise reduction. The company's new smartphones have great cameras.

However, the Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro are not very strong.behind. If you ignore the results with the approximation, the Pixel 3 has the best results thanks to HDR + technology. In addition, Google pays a lot of attention to improving the system.

Huawei is also working on the system, and updatesSoftware is released every month. In "Pro" mode, impressive results are obtained. Unfortunately, the smoothing effect fails. We are confident that in the future the company will correct this shortcoming, but for now it is very striking.