huawei mate 10 pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s Camera Gets Higher Score than the iPhone 8

Review: DxOMark gives Huawei's Mate 10 Pro 97 overall rating.
Huawei’s new flagship posts a high rating from DxOMark, a point lower than Google’s Pixel 2. (Screenshot: DxOMark)

The camera of Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, the latest flagship smartphone from the ever-inventive Chinese brand, scored a huge boost from a very high DxOMark rating just recently.

Nearly edging Google Pixel 2’s record-smashing 98 rating from DxOMark, Mate 10 Pro scooped a mighty close overall rating of 97. Google’s latest flagship received 98, making it the highest rated handset camera in the history of DxOMark.

Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro’s score is one point higher than the latest iPhone 8.

In its rating to Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, DxOMark said on its website:

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is an outstanding smartphone for photography enthusiasts. Featuring a dual-camera setup developed in cooperation with Leica, and which combines a 12Mp RGB with a 20-MP monochrome sensor, it achieves an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 97 points. This ranks the Mate 10 Pro as the currently second-best device we have tested, just a single point behind the Google Pixel 2.

The Mate 10 Pro, however, did snag a victory when it comes to photo sub-score, receiving a rating of 100 versus Pixel 2’s 99. The deciing factor, it seems, came in how the Mate 10 Pro captures video, which only received a 91 sub-score (and still a pretty good rating when all things are considered).

Mate 10 Pro’s camera is a very good bet if you’re the kind who takes smartphone snaps seriously. The overall rating of Huawei’s camera should , well ,of course, credited to its RGB/Monochrome dual-camera. This is something that the Chinese brand is fond of as opposed to what other smartphone brands opt for.

Concluded DxOMark:

With its RGB/monochrome dual-camera concept, Huawei is following a different concept than most other manufacturers, but the Mate 10 Pro’s class-leading still image results show that the Chinese manufacturer is on the right path, and that good zoom and bokeh results can be achievedwithout a longer focal length on the secondary camera. The Mate 10 Pro is no slouch in video mode, either. It’s not quite on the same outstanding level as or stills, but is nonetheless capable of delivering a very solid video performance all around.

Pros:

  • Good detail preservation, even in low light, and low levels of noise
  • Good target exposure and wide dynamic range
  • Very fast and repeatable autofocus
  • Good detail preservation in 2x zoom shots
  • Good bokeh simulation with nice subject isolation
  • Fast and accurate autofocus with good tracking
  • Good motion reduction in all lighting conditions
  • Pleasant colors and accurate white balance in all lighting conditions
  • Good exposure
  • Generally low noise levels

Cons

  • Occasional exposure instabilities in consecutive shots
  • Blocking artifacts sometimes visible in the sky
  • Occasional hue shift close to saturation
  • Slightly low texture detail in all lighting conditions
  • Slight lack of dynamic range in high-contrast scenes
  • Visible orange color cast under tungsten light sources

Read DxOMark’s full review here.

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