Huawei P20 Pro cameras: Night and monochrome sample shots

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We take a look at the Huawei P20 Pro’s camera again. This time, we’ll focus on the night and monochrome modes.

Huawei P20 Pro Triple Cameras

Note: All sample images on this post has been resized in Adobe Photoshop with quality set at 90. No other alterations were made.

In the past couple of years, Huawei’s partnership with Leica have been impressive. The two was able to create great smartphone cameras year after year.

Their latest is the Huawei P20 Pro and it’s triple Leica cameras. It has a total of 68MP — which is composed of a primary 40MP RGB sensor, a secondary 20MP monochrome sensor, and an 8MP telephoto shooter.

I’ll run through a bit about the phone’s sensors. I’ve written about it before, but I want to save you the trouble of backreading. Just in case you’re interested to see my previous post about the phone’s camera (with sample photos), here’s the link.

The main thing to remember here is that Huawei used large scale sensors for the P20 Pro. The primary camera packs a 1/1.78-inch Quad-Bayer RGB sensor, enabling the phone to capture 20% more light than competing devices while keeping image noise down.

huawei p20 pro camera

The secondary monochrome sensor has a 1/2.78-inch in size, which has several functions — one, it provides depth information that helps the camera adjust for bokeh; two, it helps minimizes image noise while improving dynamic range and details; three, it assists in digital zooming; and finally, four, it can also be used to shoot monochromatic or black and white photos.

The third camera has an 8MP 1/4.4-inch RGB sensor, which comes with a telephoto lens with an 8mmm equivalent focal length.

To maximize the sensors’ effectiveness, the phone takes 40MP full resolution photos and compiles all the information and the details it has captured into a 10MP image. The result is a a smaller, cleaner, crisper and more detailed photo.

Monochrome Mode

In monochrome mode, the P20 Pro makes use its secondary camera to create black and white photos. The results are impressive. Images are good, with crisp clean details and high dynamic range.

Here are some sample monochrome photos from the P20Pro. Click on the image to see a larger view.

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night

Night Mode

The P20 Pro’s large sensor helps it capture 20% more light than its competitors. It also has a higher ISO rating than most phones. This gives it an added advantage when shooting in low light situations

Moreover, the handset comes with a Night Mode that allows for some impressive shots even in extremely low light situations. Shots with varying exposures are made and then compiled into a single image. The results? Handheld shots producing at night producing photos with even lighting, showing detail even in dark areas.

To give you an idea how well this works, here is an image taken on regular mode.

huawei p20 pro camera night

And here is an image taken with the Night Mode, handheld at 4-seconds. It is impressive.

huawei p20 pro camera night

Here are some more sample photos taken on Night Mode. You can almost see the stars (Big Dipper) on the first photo. These are all taken handheld.

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night

huawei p20 pro camera night


We’ve already established how great the Huawei P20 Pro is when it comes to photography. Whether you like it or not, it is one of the best cameras on any smartphone right now.

The Huawei P20 Pro is available in stores across the country. It has a retail price of PHP 44,990. If you’re buying one, get the Twilight. It also comes in Midnight Blue or Graphite Black.

Huawei P20 Pro Specs:

  • 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED Display (2240 x 1080, 408 ppi)
  • 18:9 Aspect Ratio, 3D Glass
  • Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 970 Processor + i7 Co-Processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU)
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB Storage +microSD
  • Triple Rear Leica Cameras 40MP RGB (f/1.8)+ 20MP Monochrome (f/1.6) + 8MP Telephoto (f/2.4), 5x Hybrid Zoom, 4K
  • Video, 960fps Super Slow Motion
  • 24MP Front Camera, f/2.0
  • Dual SIM
  • 5G, 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Dual Band
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • GPS
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC, USB Type-C
  • IR Blaster
  • IP67 Water and Dust Resistance
  • EMUI 8.1, Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Colors: Twilight, Midnight Blue, Graphite Black
  • 4,000 mAh Battery

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Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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