The Honor 20 Pro may not be the obvious # 1 choice for hardcore players and obsessive video streamers, but mobile photographers will love it.
You get four back cameras and a large 32 megapixel selfie one. Let's start with the rear cameras. The main camera has the same Sony IMX586 48-megapixel sensor that is currently connected to so many phones, as if governments around the world were slowing down.
The lens also has an ultra wide f / 1.4 aperture. Such a high megapixel counter makes you immediately assume that the numbers are the main appeal. They are not.
A selection of a large 8 megapixel 3x zoom and a useful 16 megapixel "0.6x" ultra wide camera is the highlight here. We had a chance to wander around Valencia for a day with Honor 20 Pro, and found this an almost perfect tourist camera.
Get bumbag and sandals ready. It's not just the true extra detail of the zoom, or the different effects that an ultra wide gets you either.
The software maximizes what you can do with them. All three can use the dedicated "supernat" mode Huawei developed for top phones like P20 Pro. It's not fast, but the results are brilliant and there's a bit of techy excitement to see, as the previve gradient becomes brighter and brighter, like a Polaroid Instax image.
The Honor 20 Pro also has the most flexible and ambitious aperture you want to see in a phone. This emulates the appearance of a DSLR image with an ultra-wide aperture lens that blurs the background.
OnePlus's 7 Pro has one of these, but it is only really designed for portraits and just refuses to work if your item is not at the optimal distance. The Honor 20 Pro's will get a crack on something and while the results aren't always perfect, the added flexibility allows you to take pictures, other phones simply aren't.
Great overall image quality, all of these non-restrictive lenses and modes make you feel freer than a photohrapher. It makes photography more fun. The sense of fun and letting you explore the creative potential of both hardware and software summarizes the Honor 20 Pro camera quite well.
This camera is a good time, simple as that. If you want to go beyond fun, first and foremost in a fluke, there is also the AR function. This allows you to map 3D animal surfaces on your own and record videos with processed filters and audio tracks that can convince your friends that you are "creative". Or something. Blame Snapchat.
The video page of the Honor 20 Pro is a little less impressive, but still strong. You can shoot stabilized 4K at 30 frames per second and switch between lenses for on-the-fly editing.
Any bad bits? The Honor 20 Pro often makes the images too bright, whether you use "AI" enhancement mode or not. You can adjust the exposure while recording.
The wide aperture lens can also cause problems, making the street lamps soft, laser-like, at night, no matter how much you clean the lens. And the macro camera, which we have hardly mentioned so far, is not good. The concept? Great. But the 2 megapixel sensor means you just don't get the details needed to make a macro image look good, a macro photo.
Finally, the camera body is too prominent. Our guess is that the credit needed to do this to fit in a 3x zoom without spending another small fortune on engineering.
Our Honor 20 Pro didn't come with a case. If your doing, use it. We have already managed to scrape off some of the house's black paint, which gives a shiny shiny edge.