We took video moving up an escalator from an underpass into daylight, taking note of how stable the footage was and how the smoothly the camera adjusted exposure as it went from one extreme to the other. With this in mind, here are our observations about these two cameras.
The Mate 20 Pro favors detail in shadows at the expense of losing some detail in the highlights. The Galaxy S10+, on the other hand, opts to keep the highlights from blowing out as much as possible, resulting in some loss in the shadow area. As you can see, both cameras do a good job with automatically adjusting for exposure as the light levels change, so you don’t get a big shock like you would when stepping out into the sun in real life. The differences in color we see in the stills also carries over to video, but is less obvious.
Looking at the second clip (the arcade scene), it becomes obvious that the audio pick up on the S10+ is better, with better clarity and higher volume captured. The dynamic range advantage seen in the still capture from the Mate 20 Pro seems to be gone too, as both cameras fail to retain details in the highlights that we know are there.
We’d call this round a tie.
Having gone through our full battery of tests, we’re ready to proclaim the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s camera the better one. It does better in almost every category of our stills capture testing save for color accuracy. Its resolution, dynamic range, low-light capabilities, and high ISO performance all stand out. We also like the full range of options given in the camera app, as it feels like there is an option for almost every situation you may encounter. With the Galaxy S10+, you need to rely on Bixby Vision for the camera get the optimal settings for the subject. And that’s provided it detects the subject correctly to begin with.