If you're looking to get a smartphone for its camera, there's no better time than now to pick up the latest HONOR 20 Pro, which is a flagship model with a mid-range price.
Recently, the smartphone has made headlines due to their DxOMark high score. What is DxOMark? It’s an independent benchmark that reviews the camera and video quality of phones. Why do DxOMark ratings matter? Because the scientific rigorous tests set by the website shows how well a camera will perform in all scenarios.
For those who are photography professionals or enthusiasts, the last thing you’d want is to produce poor quality photos. And how do you determine if a phone’s camera is good? Through DxOMark!
HONOR 20 Pro’s DxOMark Score is 111
That score is of a gold standard for camera quality and is one of the highest attained by any smartphone (1 point behind both Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G; 2 points behind the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G). Scoring is determined through critical analysis done by DxOMark themselves, going into the nitty-gritty such as the photo-taking process, colour output, white balance, zoom, crop, flash and more.
We break it down to you on how the HONOR 20 Pro manages to achieve this.
HONOR 20 Pro’s Camera Specs & Details
- Primary: 48MP Sony IMX586 1/2″ Quad sensor (12MP output size), f/1.4 aperture lens + 28mm focal length, OIS
- Telephoto: 8MP 1/4” sensor, f/2.48 aperture + 80mm focal length
- Ultra-wide: 16MP 1/3″ sensor with f/2.2 lens
- Macro: 2MP
- Ultra-High ISO Sensitivity
- PDAF autofocus
- 2160p (4K) at 30fps video
- Kirin 980 chipset
Tests & Sample Shots
The HONOR 20 Pro is praised for its great capabilities in the areas of Night Photography, Ultra-Wide Photography, Telephotography and Macro photography.
Largest in the market, the phone’s f/1.4 aperture compared to f/1.8 in other smartphones, allows for 50% additional light. Together with its four rear camera sensors, the HONOR 20 Pro can take photos in all scenarios.
High in clarity with details and sharpness, the colour output is stunning without looking too harsh in saturation for all the scenarios above. Moreover, the separation between subject and blur in Portrait Mode is very well executed, almost DSLR-like.
Even compared with the new Samsung S10+, the HONOR 20 Pro seems to process a well-lit photo in an extremely low-light setting while maintaining details of good quality. And all of these are used without the need for a stabiliser or a tripod. Which, brings us to our next point below.
Maximum ISO of 204,800!
While a camera lens’ aperture might be as low as f/1.4 (the smaller the number, the more natural light your camera can take in); without high ISO, you’ll have a hard time getting stable shots. And flash? They’re only best for certain scenes, and that’s if you know how to control flash without distorting your subjects.
HONOR 20 Pro proudly holds a ridiculously high ISO sensitivity of 204,800 at max. That’s 20 times higher than other smartphones in the market! To note, most phones usually achieve 1,250 ISO and limits the maximum of only up to 10,000.
In photography, the higher the ISO means more noise is produced in your images. However, the HONOR 20 Pro manages to achieve very little-to-no noise despite that very high ISO. The phone’s Ultra High ISO Sensitivity feature is a unique algorithm that’s only found in Huawei and HONOR smartphones.
HONOR’s Secret Weapon: Dual OIS
Today’s phones may be bigger in screen display, but the body is kept light and compact for a comfortable design that will not strain the hands. Because of this, many phones struggle to upkeep their stabiliser quality. Tripods? Are you using a smartphone or a DSLR?
You won't need any tripod for the HONOR 20 Pro as it utilises Dual OIS stabilization technology to ensure clear photos and videos whether one has shaky hands or is in a shaky environment.
Here's how steady the HONOR 20 Pro performed while filming this Go-kart session
If you're not clear, there are 3 types of stabilisers: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and AI Image Stabilization (AIS).
How they work is that EIS technology counters jitters by calculating real-time movement and rotation of the camera. For OIS, it will counter movement by actual lens adjustments. But, images will not be cropped, and power usage is minimum. Meanwhile, AIS is a blend of both AIS and OIS. The system works to combine several images to form into one.
Being one of the few flagships to do so, the HONOR 20 Pro features all the stabilization systems in order to achieve the best results. Its OIS also has an in-built gyroscope to detect jitters and in turn, generate adjacent movements in the opposite direction to counter them.
The AIS Stabilization technology is another reason why HONOR 20 Pro is able to eliminate blurriness easily. As it detects the pixels on an image, the AI algorithm then corrects discrepancies to produce sharp synthesized images.
Are you as excited as we are to try out the HONOR 20 Pro? Besides the powerful camera, HONOR 20 Pro holds a Kirin 980 chipset, long-lasting 4,000mAH battery, and a RAM of 8GB + 256GB storage.
If you’re fast enough, you can get RM 500 worth of free gifts:
- HONOR Experience Stores - Premium Luggage Bag + HONOR Bluetooth Speaker + HONOR Tripod Selfie Stick
- Shopee & HONOR Online - HONOR Band 3 + HONOR FlyPods Lite
With the specs and free gifts offered for the price, we'd advise you to act fast before the special promo runs out!
Processor: Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980| Memory: 8GB RAM, 256GB storage | Rear Camera: 48MP main camera, 8MP telephoto, 16MP ultrawide, 2MP wide angle lens | Front Camera: 32MP, HDR | Screen: 6.2" IPS LCD Screen | Battery: 4,000mAh, fast charging 22.5W | Operating System: Android 9.0; Magic 2.1
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