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Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs. Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Two flagship smartphone cameras compared

By Marcus Wong - 2 Apr 2019

Still image quality - 1

Colors

5.58mm at f/1.8, 1/1721s, ISO 50 (Mate 20 Pro)

100% crop (Mate 20 Pro)

6mm at f/2.4, 1/840s, ISO 50 (Galaxy S10+)

100% crop. (Galaxy S10+)

Both cameras have different approaches to exposure, which in turn affects the way colors are presented. From our testing, it seems the Mate 20 Pro exposes more for the midtones, with images captured stronger in the yellows and greens. This means images look a little more yellow compared to those captured by the S10+, which themselves carry a slight blue tint. Overall, we think the S10+ exposes closer to what the eye sees, so we’ll give it the nod in this department.

 

Digital Zoom

Our shooting position. (Captured by the Mate 20 Pro)

7.48mm at f/2.4, 1/590s, ISO 50 (Mate 20 Pro at full tele zoom.)

100% crop (Mate 20 Pro)

6mm at f/2.4, 1/350s, ISO 50 (Galaxy S10+)

100% crop (Galaxy S10+)

One of the headlining features of both cameras is their ability to zoom further thanks to the use of different lenses and computational photography to fill in the blanks. Here we push both cameras to their limits, zooming to the top corner of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel from the ground floor. We’d say both cameras are about even in performance in terms of detail resolution, but the Mate 20 Pro has handled noise reduction better, so you don’t get the obvious blotches you see in the image captured by the S10+.

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