Huawei P20 vs entry-level DSLR camera – Photo comparison

Huawei’s P20 and P20 Pro smartphones boast impressive camera systems, with the latter featuring a triple-camera array with a 40MP RGB sensor.

When we first got our hands on the Huawei P20, we were impressed with its high-quality photos and stylish design.

We were then lucky enough to receive a Huawei P20 from Huawei, and continued testing its unique features and impressive camera.

The device takes amazing photos thanks to its Leica hardware, and in real-world scenarios it delivers the results which are promised on the box.

Event coverage

When MyBroadband covers events we usually bring along an entry-level DSLR camera to capture high-quality images of the location and attendees, but this can prove to be cumbersome.

To see how the Huawei P20 stands up against an entry-level DSLR, and if it could replace the clunky camera, we took the P20 with us to take photos of the product showcase at Vodacom’s financial results presentation this week.

This would let us gauge its effectiveness as a substitute for the conventional camera.

Images of the event taken with the Huawei P20 are posted below.

Vodacom results presentation


P20 vs DSLR

We also took images of various devices around the office using an entry-level DSLR camera and the Huawei P20, and compared the results.

The Huawei P20 takes great shots in a range of lighting conditions, and is more than a suitable substitute for a DSLR if you need to take quick, high-quality photos.

This is especially true for amateur photographers who want to take the best picture possible with minimal effort – and is thanks to the P20’s built-in AI processor automatically determining the settings required for each shot, depending on the subject you are shooting.

For our test, the settings on the P20’s camera were set to their default values and the DSLR’s were set to Auto mode – with neither of the cameras using a flash.

The photos taken are posted below, and have been included without any editing or colour balance applied.

DSLR camera

Nikon DSLR (1)

Nikon DSLR (4)

Nikon DSLR (2)

Nikon DSLR (3)

Huawei P20

Huawei P20 comparison pic

Huawei P20 comparison pic

Huawei P20 comparison pic

Huawei P20 comparison pic

Now read: The Huawei P20 Pro: The smartphone camera powered by AI that takes night photography to another level

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