HUAWEI P60 Pro: How good is the Ultra Lighting XMAGE camera?

It is the ultimate choice for photography enthusiasts who want to take their mobile photography to the next level

The HUAWEI P60 Pro is a smartphone that not only looks good but also excels in photography. It has a remarkable XMAGE camera system that consists of three lenses: a 48MP main camera, a 48MP telephoto camera, and a 13MP ultra-wide camera.

The XMAGE camera system offers up to 10x hybrid zoom, optical image stabilization, and impressive low-light performance. In fact, at the time of writing, the P60 Pro is the top-rated camera phone in DXOMARK’s rankings, surpassing other flagship models such as the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

In this feature article, we will show you why this phone is a game-changer for mobile photography and how it can help you capture every moment in amazing detail. Let’s go.

By the way, if you’re up for some light reading, check out our full review of the HUAWEI P60 Pro.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Specs

Display6.67-inch FHD+ LTPO OLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, 1,440Hz PWM dimming, 300Hz touch sampling, 10-bit colors, Kunlun Glass
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 with 4G
Rear Cameras48MP main, variable aperture lens
13MP ultra-wide
48MP periscope telephoto
Front Camera13MP
Network4G LTE, Dual SIM
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
OthersIn-display fingerprint sensor, USB-C, stereo speakers, IP68 dust and water resistance
OSHarmonyOS 3.1
Battery4,815mAh battery, 88W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging


The HUAWEI P60 Pro impresses with its elegant and premium design that combines glass and metal. It comes in two color options: the classic Black and the signature Rococo Pearl. The latter is an eye-catching color that has a pearl-like luster. According to Huawei, each Rococo Pearl P60 Pro is unique, exhibiting its own random patterns.

The phone has a sleek profile that measures 161 x 74.5 x 8.3 mm and weighs 200 grams, with ergonomic curves that make it comfortable to hold and use. It also boasts an IP68 dust and water-resistant build, meaning it can survive up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

At the front, the HUAWEI P60 Pro boasts a high-quality 6.67-inch LTPO OLED display that delivers a stunning visual experience. It has a resolution of 2700×1220 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate that adapts to the content on the screen and supports a P3 wide color gamut with a TÜV Rheinland Colour Accuracy Dual Certification for color accuracy and precise color projection.

The display is protected by Kunlun Glass, providing 10 times more drop-resistant than regular glass. We tested it here if you want to see how it holds up against shelled pistachio nuts. It has curved edges on all four sides, giving it a smooth and immersive feel. The display also features a fingerprint scanner under it and a punch-hole cutout for the 13MP selfie camera.

HUAWEI P60 Pro Review

The back of the phone showcases an interesting camera array that comprises three lenses and an LED flash. The camera system is powered by Huawei’s Ultra Lighting XMAGE Camera technology, which enhances the light intake, zoom capabilities, and image quality of the cameras.

Camera Performance

The HUAWEI P60 Pro has an impressive camera system that can rival any flagship device on the market. It has three rear cameras that are powered by the Ultra Lighting XMAGE Camera technology. This technology enhances the light intake, zoom capabilities, and image quality of the cameras.

In addition, the phone has been crowned the new king of smartphone cameras by DXOMARK. At the time of writing, it sits at the top of the list with a remarkable score of 156 points in DXOMARK’s tests, excelling in all aspects of photo and video quality, such as exposure, color, texture, noise, zoom, bokeh, preview, and more.


The main camera has a 48MP sensor with an adjustable physical aperture that ranges from f/1.4 to f/4.0. This allows the camera to adapt to different lighting conditions and capture more details and colors. It also has a phase detection autofocus (PDAF), laser autofocus (LAF), optical image stabilization (OIS), and an RYYB color filter.

The telephoto camera is also a 48MP sensor with an f/2.1 aperture and sensor-shift OIS. It offers 3.5x optical zoom and up to 200x digital zoom with the help of the HUAWEI XD Optics algorithm.

And the last of the trio, the ultra-wide camera is a 13MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and autofocus (AF). It has a 13mm focal length that covers a 120-degree field of view. It can also capture super macro shots as close as 2.5cm from the subject.

The selfie camera is a 13MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and an ultra-wide angle lens. It can take panoramic selfies, HDR selfies, and 4K videos. That being said, the phone has one of the best selfie cameras on any smartphone. It can capture clear and natural selfies with a wide-angle view.

HUAWEI P60 Pro review

The HUAWEI P60 Pro can take amazing photos and videos in almost any scenario, thanks to its versatile and powerful cameras. The cameras can capture stunning details with punchy colors and creamy bokeh effects, night scenes, and more. It can also record 4K videos at 30 or 60 frames per second (fps), or 1080p videos at up to 960fps for slow-motion effects.

The phone also has a super macro mode that makes it easier to shoot close-ups of small objects with amazing detail. You can access this mode by going to Camera> More and selecting Super Macro mode. Moreover, you can shoot at a much closer focusing distance than the usual 4 cm.

Photo Samples

Zoom Photo Samples

Macro Photo Samples

Moon Photo Samples

In addition to all that was mentioned above, Huawei has also improved the moon shots of the P60 Pro. Photos of the moon now show more detail, as well as details of the areas around it, such as the clouds in one of the sample photos below.

Closing Remarks

The HUAWEI P60 Pro is a premium smartphone that offers an exceptional user experience in every aspect, from design and display to performance and battery. It also has one of the best camera systems on the market, with four lenses that can capture amazing photos and videos in any situation.

Some of its drawbacks include not having Google Play Services due to US sanctions, but it has its own AppGallery store and HMS Core services that provide many alternatives. Further, there are ways to easily install Google apps on the phone. Another is that the phone only supports up to 4G+ connectivity, which is still fast and reliable, and can rival 5G speeds here in the Philippines.

The HUAWEI P60 Pro is the ultimate choice for photography enthusiasts who want to take their mobile photography to the next level. It is worth considering if you are looking for a top-notch device with an outstanding camera performance.

For more information, you check out our full review of the HUAWEI P60 Pro.

Price & Availability

The HUAWEI P60 Pro 8GB+256GB is priced at P58,999, while the 12GB+512GB is priced at P69,999. It is available in authorized retail outlets, and online on Shopee, Lazada, and the SM Malls Online App. From May 12 to 25, 2023, it will come with a free HUAWEI WATCH GT3 worth P12,999.

Pre-orders come with a 1-year Extended Warranty valued at P3,999. Trade-in is also available for both Huawei and non-Huawei smartphones.

Apart from the discount from the trade-in, buyers are eligible for an P8,000 add-on voucher when they trade in a Huawei smartphone. For a non-Huawei smartphone, an up to P7,000 add-on voucher will be offered. The offer is available in selected stores nationwide.

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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