Right out of the box, there are two things about the Huawei P50 Pro that just demand attention. The first is the shiny, glossy, mirrored back that exudes charm and prestige, and the true-form dual-matrix camera that is clearly the star of the show. With a 64MP periscope telephoto camera boasting a 100-degree ultra-wide angle front camera and up to 100x zoom range, this is a smartphone camera that one can spend hours having fun with.
Smartphone cameras have reached the point where they are capable of professional-grade photography and videography. The Huawei P50 Pro’s camera is no exception, with the Huawei XD Optics and Huawei XD Fusion Pro image engine rendering photos with all their intricate details. The True-Chroma Image Engine has an upgraded ambient light sensing system, P3 wide colour gamut, and over 2,000 colours adjustment.
This means that the Huawei P50 Pro is able to take photos with vivid colours, and in the hands of someone with an eye for good shots, the photos will be breathtaking. As for its video capabilities, the Huawei P50 Pro is able to record in 4K, which means that the videos taken by it are crisp and clear, with colours and details that pop.
However, that doesn’t mean that the amateur photographer and videographer won’t be able to use the dual-matrix camera well, of course. Features such as True-Steady Shot and True-Focus Fast Capture make it much easier to take the perfect picture even with shaking hands or when taking a moving target. The True-Steady Shot, especially, does more than address shaking hands. Even when purposely shaking the Huawei P50 Pro to take photos, they still turn out remarkably clear and detailed. There is even an AI Remove function that can remove any unwanted objects in the photos. While it cannot remove overly large objects or things that take up too much space within the photo well, for the most part, it actually works deftly and is a truly impressive feature.
There is a wide variety of modes to play around and explore. Aperture, Night, Portrait, Pro, Slow-Mo, Panorama, Monochrome, Time-Lapse, and more. It is basically a professional-grade toy capable of producing photos of artistic value. Professional-grade is the keyword here, because the Pro mode allows users to save photos in RAW format, which allows for precise and fine editing that lets photographers show off their personal flair.
Huawei’s smartphone cameras have always set a high bar, especially since the release of Huawei P9 was launched in 2016 which came out of the partnership between Huawei and Leica, the German company known for their high-quality cameras. As such, it is clear that the Huawei P50 Pro’s camera features and options are built on top of a strong foundation.
Geek Culture had exclusive access to the upcoming Huawei flagship, which is expected to be announced later this month, and go on sale in January 2022. Meanwhile, here are some shots taken by Bryan van der Beek, an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer based in Singapore:
According to Bryan, the camera’s low-light performance is even better than its predecessors, and the ultra-wide wefie camera is a welcome addition. Also, being lighter than the Huawei Mate 40 Pro makes it even more convenient to carry around. He considers the Huawei P50 Pro a good replacement over a vacation camera.