Honor View 20 real-life digicam overview

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Honor View 20 real-life digicam overview

The Honor View 20 comes with a 48MP digicam, which guarantees gorgeous images at each daytime or nighttime.

We have already reviewed the telephone intimately so we knew what to anticipate.

However we felt we may go the additional mile to grasp the place its digicam excels and the place it falls brief. So we took the prospect for a break from the grim winter climate and took the telephone for a photograph shoot at a sunnier location – the French Riviera. Word that none of this was organized or sponsored by both Honor or Huawei or any their subsidiaries, although, we definitely want it was 🙂

Nice mild = nice pictures, easy as that

Beginning with the images taken in good mild (AI On), we’re completely happy to share the Honor View 20 obtained us nice wanting pictures more often than not.

The nice dynamic vary was complemented by good sharpness and colours. The autofocus was fast and at all times spot on.

The display screen maybe did not do the digicam justice out within the brilliant solar as we had a tough time seeing the total tonal vary of the images as we took them. However that was solely in these conditions the place the solar was hitting it straight on and telephones with AMOLED screens are responsible of this too.

The AI scene recognition as indicated by a set of small icons within the viewfinder, was fast and at all times spot on, although, we hardly ever observed any important distinction to how the scene was captured. Come to consider it, that truly is perhaps a superb factor because it by no means went excessive with the colours or distinction.

One of many few picture conditions the place the telephone allow us to down was once we shot plates of meals indoors (the Mate 20 Professional’s AI setup did a greater job of it). Additionally, a few of our outside panorama pictures turned out too contrasty and a bit overexposed too – all for no obvious cause.

We additionally missed having a fast option to have interaction the digicam’s burst mode if there’s even one (equivalent to with an extended press of the on-screen shutter). However that is nitpicking because the digicam’s shot-to-shot occasions have been amazingly brief and the entire expertise of utilizing it felt nice.

We took all images you see beneath within the default 12MP decision as that is the mode meant to get you the best high quality pictures.


Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2398s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2475s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3247s - Honor View 20 camera review
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Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/4274s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/121s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2075s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3731s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1323s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/401s - Honor View 20 camera review
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Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3367s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/584s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2075s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1232s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1242s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/704s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1873s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/108s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/168s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2053s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1466s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2160s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/4167s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2747s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/47619s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 daylight camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2841s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 daylight digicam samples

Zooming in is feasible

There’s a 2x toggle within the viewfinder which supplies 2x magnification in comparison with the conventional capturing mode. The focal size is reported as 52mm within the picture EXIF tags which appears about proper. In fact, the View 20 does this with a single digicam so the zoom was not optical however somewhat a crop of the middle of the 48MP digicam sensor.

The produced zoomed images are 12MP in decision once more however upon nearer inspection, you possibly can discover they’re extra grainy and with a better degree of sharpening utilized. Nonetheless, if you happen to solely browse them on the telephone’s display screen, they appear nearly as good because the common images.

The digicam additionally supplies as much as 10x digital zoom however you’d must pinch zoom on the digicam viewfinder to regulate that, whereas the toggle for the 2x zoom is immediately accessible.


Honor View 20: Normal - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3497s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3731s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: Normal - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/120s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/127s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20: Normal - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1447s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1866s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: Normal - f/1.8, ISO 320, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 320, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20: Normal - f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: Normal - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2525s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20: 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2825s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20: Regular • 2x zoom

AI is in command of HDR

Utilizing its AI smarts, the digicam would typically activate HDR mode, which restores the clipped highlights efficiently. If it fails to select the mode by itself, you possibly can at all times drive it, although the method requires a number of further faucets on the display screen – there isn’t a toggle for it seen within the viewfinder. One would recommend that this could imply it is at all times on, however that is not the case. It simply implies that Auto HDR is at all times on.

Under you’ll find a number of comparability images the place the digicam missed partaking the HDR mode at first however then engaged it for one of many consequent pictures.

Our solely gripe with Huawei/Honor’s HDR mode implementation is which you can see the whole captured tonal vary of the picture solely after it has been taken. Throughout the means of capturing, the viewfinder does not present the expanded dynamic vary as we have seen that on telephones by different manufacturers equivalent to Samsung, Google, Apple, OnePlus, and as of these days, LG.

This manner you possibly can’t actually guess whether or not you’ve gotten the properly uncovered shot you have been hoping for with out double checking the images you simply took within the gallery. We actually hope that is one thing the corporate will work on bettering for its future telephones.


Honor View 20 HDR: Off - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 HDR: On - f/1.8, ISO 400, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 HDR: Off - f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 HDR: On - f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 HDR: Off • On • Off • On

Images are equally spectacular in low mild

The Honor View 20 recurrently offered us with nice wanting pictures in low mild even with out partaking any particular modes.

The white steadiness was at all times spot on, too, even in robust situations equivalent to these underwater pictures taken on the aquarium at Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum.


Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 250, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 400, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/25s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 320, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 500, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1250, 1/25s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 low-light camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 1250, 1/25s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 low-light digicam samples

A Night time mode is hardly wanted (with a digicam so good)

A 12 months in the past when Huawei launched its Night time mode, it appeared like a recreation changer. The Honor View 20 makes use of the identical glorious handheld lengthy publicity picture taking capabilities as Huawei flagships.

Surprisingly although, what we have been witnessing recurrently is that the cameras on all these telephones can virtually match the output of the devoted Night time Mode even if you shoot within the common Auto mode. All whereas saving you the trouble of constructing positive you maintain the telephone regular for a number of seconds.

The one distinction in comparison with the Night time mode is that you just see the wonderful outcome within the gallery solely after the shot has been taken. Positive, it appears to be like far more magical watching the Night time mode do its factor proper within the viewfinder. And the Night time mode will not be utterly with out its advantages – it does present a slight increase in tonal vary restoration – particularly within the highlights. However actually, it is hardly definitely worth the fuss. Our recommendation is simply to make use of the common Auto mode all of the occasions and you will be good.


Honor View 20 Night mode: Off - f/1.8, ISO 320, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 Night mode: On - f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/-3s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 Night mode: Off - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 Night mode: On - f/1.8, ISO 400, 1/-3s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 Night time mode: Off • On • Off • On


Honor View 20 lowlight options: Auto, HDR Off - f/1.8, ISO 160, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 lowlight options: Auto, HDR On - f/1.8, ISO 125, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 lowlight options: Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/-3s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 lowlight choices: HDR Off • HDR On • Night time mode

Movies are easy and have nice dynamic vary

Video recording with the Honor View 20 is a pleasure – very like taking images. The stabilization in 4K is absolutely good and you need to use the 2x zooming throughout video recording with a suitable high quality penalty.

Aside from that, we respect the movies for his or her broad dynamic vary, the excessive degree of resolved element and the great coloration copy.

Selfies will not be its strongest swimsuit

Now, it’s possible you’ll be considering – all this speaking concerning the again digicam – however what concerning the front-facing one? Properly, for one, we’re probably not the selfie sort and secondly, the picture high quality of the selfies was not as inspiring as that by the primary digicam. So after firing a number of take a look at pictures on a few events, we utterly disregarded this characteristic over the subsequent couple of days so that you’d must excuse the small variety of selfie samples.


The camera obviously struggles with dynamic range but colors are nice - f/2.0, ISO 80, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
The camera obviously struggles with dynamic range but colors are nice - f/2.0, ISO 50, 1/395s - Honor View 20 camera review
The camera obviously struggles with dynamic range but colors are nice - f/2.0, ISO 50, 1/698s - Honor View 20 camera review
The camera obviously struggles with dynamic range but colors are nice - f/2.0, ISO 50, 1/647s - Honor View 20 camera review

The digicam clearly struggles with dynamic vary however colours are good

Our preliminary verdict on the selfie digicam is that it provides good publicity metering and general good colours, however the dynamic vary is lower than stellar and pores and skin tones, properly they don’t seem to be as flattering as I would love.

A minimum of we are able to testify that putting the digicam inside a punch gap within the display screen has not affected it negatively.

As on all different Huawei units which use the identical digicam {hardware}, sharpness massively is dependent upon how far you have stretched your selfie arm as there’s a fairly particular focus candy spot distance (about half an arm’s size). We have tried to showcase that beneath – if you happen to zoom in, you will note that the nearer the face is, the extra element there’s. At a full arm’s size, it is already out of correct focus.


The further away from the camera, the less sharp your face is - f/2.0, ISO 50, 1/308s - Honor View 20 camera review
The further away from the camera, the less sharp your face is - f/2.0, ISO 50, 1/169s - Honor View 20 camera review
The further away from the camera, the less sharp your face is - f/2.0, ISO 50, 1/218s - Honor View 20 camera review
The further away from the camera, the less sharp your face is - f/2.0, ISO 50, 1/288s - Honor View 20 camera review

The additional away from the digicam, the much less sharp your face is

That is to not say the Honor View 20 selfie cam is dangerous. It is largely uninspiring, however is not that true for any selfie digicam? Regardless of what number of megapixels they handle to cram in there, picture high quality nonetheless reminds us of what telephone digicam have been like say, 10 years in the past.

Honor View 20 vs. OnePlus 6/6T

No digicam comparability can be full with no small showdown. A comparability between two matching units is at all times welcome so as to add context.

For this explicit event we had the OnePlus 6 helpful so we shot all of the comparability pictures with it. Though it is a year-old mannequin by now, it has an an identical digicam to the OnePlus 6T, which is a more moderen competitor to the Honor View 20 so you need to use the OnePlus samples beneath as a reference for each OnePlus units.


Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2320s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 100, 1/2960s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3597s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 100, 1/3749s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3378s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 100, 1/2053s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1451s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 100, 1/1337s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2841s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 100, 1/2884s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1812s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 100, 1/223s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 vs. OnePlus 6: Daylight images

As a basic conclusion for the pictures taken in good mild – the OnePlus undoubtedly holds its personal in publicity metering, white steadiness, and dynamic vary. However for us pixel-peepers, the 12MP images captured by the 48MP digicam of the Honor View 20 have higher ranges of resolved element than those by the 16MP digicam of OnePlus 6T.

Additionally, as a result of HDR picture stacking algorithms of OnePlus that are virtually at all times on, many daylight images taken with this digicam have lower than stellar sharpness as a consequence of imperfect stacking – largely due to digicam shake. However digicam shake will not be one thing a consumer ought to concern themselves with in brilliant day, in order that’s undoubtedly an space the place this digicam would possibly use enchancment. Additionally, the shot-to-shot occasions by OnePlus 6’s digicam was slight longer. The Honor View 20 simply felt extra responsive if you needed to take a number of pictures in speedy succession (an no, we’re not referring to burst mode).

In protection of the OnePlus digicam chops, we would must say that it at all times delivered a stellar dynamic vary and better of all, the HDR tonal vary was seen within the viewfinder earlier than the picture was taken making for a a lot good consumer expertise. That is one thing which the Honor View 20 cannot match. Additionally, the images taken by OnePlus continuously seemed nicer on its AMOLED show – as we have stated earlier than – maybe the LCD display screen on the Honor View does not do its digicam justice.

Concerning low-light images, the Honor View 20 clearly has the higher hand by delivering cleaner and extra detailed images. Nonetheless, there have been a number of events the place the OnePlus 6 delivered nicer colours. And in addition, if you’re not the kind of individual to look at images at pixel degree, the images by these two could look fairly an identical in tonal vary so you’ll be proud of both one.


Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 320, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 500, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 500, 1/20s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 320, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 640, 1/33s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 1000, 1/25s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/-3s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 320, 1/50s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 640, 1/25s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 800, 1/17s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 500, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review
Honor View 20 - f/1.8, ISO 160, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review
OnePlus 6 - f/1.7, ISO 200, 1/100s - Honor View 20 camera review

Honor View 20 vs. OnePlus 6: Low-light images

Wrapping issues up

Total, we’re fairly proud of the Honor View 20’s essential digicam and its picture high quality. We loved utilizing it as our go-to cameraphone day in and day trip and did not encounter any bugs. And the images we obtained in the long run, are definitely Insta-worthy.

Our private desire, nonetheless, nonetheless goes to telephone cameras that are able to exhibiting the whole tonal vary within the viewfinder earlier than or whereas the picture was taken. A few of these (suppose OnePlus) haven’t got the superior low-light efficiency of the Honor View 20, however others do (Samsung, Apple, and Google) so Honor wouldn’t have it simple when it comes to competitors.

It is a good factor that the digicam recreation of the highest telephone makers has reached a stage of technological maturity up to now couple of years, making digicam efficiency much less of a deciding consider your buying selections (with a number of area of interest use circumstances being the exception). The high-end smartphones now all take nice images, so you’re lastly capable of make your selections primarily based on different elements with out a lot of a… properly, focusing… on the digicam.

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