Today in the United Kingdom is the Guy Fawkes day, known as Bonfire Night, which is characterized by the British launching a bunch of fireworks. Much of the celebrations took place at the weekend, which, incidentally, was when I received the new Huawei Mate Pro 20, which quickly formed as the best phone of the year.
I have written extensively about the photographic capabilities of Huawei's phones in the past. I was deeply impressed with the P20 Pro (and by extension the Porsche Design Mate RS, which is identical to all but the price). With the latest model of the company in my hand, I wanted to see how she would play at a fireworks show that takes place over the Mersey River.
One of the most popular features of Huawei's latest mobile phones is the ability to automatically detect the subject of a photo and customize the settings. So I discovered that Mate Pro 20 (and possibly earlier Huawei mobile phones) packs a "fireworks way".
I should not have been so surprised. As I wrote in my cover for the P20 Pro, the Huawei camera's AI software is extremely versatile. With the latest model, it is even better and can recognize and compensate over 1,500 different settings and themes.
Huawei's Master AI 2.0 software can, for example, optimize camera settings depending on whether it detects green or blue sky. It even has a dog function, which, in the last measurement, could recognize 32 different canine breeds.
Well, how did the fireworks work? Decently, given the conditions that were not great.
Although fireworks are illuminated by a small barge of floats in Mersey, everyone noticed the celebrations of the city center. This means light pollution and many of them.
Enriched things were the fact that it was a somewhat cloudy night and I was in a distance, forcing me to rely on the integrated (and excellent) optical zoom of the phone.
But I was impressed. Like its predecessor, Mate 20 Pro did extremely well in low light conditions and did an excellent job of recording the most sensitive details of each fireworks explosion. As the smoke was created with every explosion, an amazing scenery was created.
An undesirable effect of AI is that it "softens" water in the image, creating a kind of muddy watercolor effect. We saw something similar to the "green way," which looks cool, but it may not be the cup of tea. Although the above photos are unlikely to win awards, it is more than good enough for social media.
The good news is that if you want to take the reins away from Huawei's AI camera, you can, as it comes with a "pro" function. This gives you the same control as you will with a standard camera and lets you adjust many of the settings, from ISO and shutter speed to white balance.
But if you are not quite photographed, you can take comfort in the fact that Huawei's software will handle almost all the legwork for you. You only need to lure and pull the picture.
Published on November 5, 2018 – 10:50 UTC