The envy of the ‘mobile industry’: The night mode with three sensors and IA of the Huawei Mate 20

Today and ending the year 2018, no one is missing because in its assault on the world number one Huawei finally has made the leap in quality that we all expected to compete in the vanguard of the super high range that triumphs in the top of the Android catalog, with some Huawei P20 and Huawei Mate 20 that have sat chair and even marked trends this year.

The assault to the throne of the market is already prepared, and if 2019 promises us much of the hand of Huawei, in the present many are the reasons of pride that the Chinese giant has to take out chest, as the great work of painting with the gradients, the triple camera with an enviable night mode, the first 7-nanometer chipset, the AI, a finger scanner under the screen for the P20 Pro …

It is however the camera signed by Leica which attracts the most attention with its three sensors, now stylized in a square module in the Mate 20 and with possibilities well above the average offered by the best night-time photography of the smartphone market and obviously also from the Android platform. At least, in figures and data the truth is that there is no color:

Triple sensor (1x RGB 40 megapixel and aperture f / 1.8; 1x 20 megapixel monochrome and aperture f / 1.6; 1x 8 megapixel telephoto lens and aperture f / 2.4).
Leica Vario-Summilux-H optics.
Color temperature sensor.
Hybrid autofocus by laser sensor and phase detection.
ISO 104200
Hybrid zoom of 5 increases.
4K video and in ‘slow motion’ at 960 fps / 720p.

This is how the Huawei Mate 20 Pro night mode works

The envy of the 'mobile industry': The night mode with three sensors and IA of the Huawei Mate 20
The envy of the ‘mobile industry’: The night mode with three sensors and IA of the Huawei Mate 20

In the first place, it is easy to understand that in this case three eyes do see one better, because each sensor has its own configuration obtaining three different shots with different parameters of the same scene, and allowing the image processor to have much more information for achieve the best possible result even in poor lighting conditions.

To these three sensors is added an artificial intelligence able to recognize the scene and automatically adjust the sensitivity and other parameters to achieve the best result of the industry in night photography, both in sharpness and brightness, quality of color or image definition.

Highlighting the work with the hardware, we must indicate that the 40-megapixel sensor unifies four small pixels into a larger one that captures more light, without losing a detail enhanced later by the image of the monochrome sensor, which offers greater contrast and sharpness. For its part, the telephoto lens is responsible for offering a different view that helps the image processor to define the colors.

The image stabilizer comes into play with another trick that Huawei keeps in his sleeve, and that is that his photographic system uses software and hardware -IA and stabilizer- to capture for 4 seconds a lot of images of the scene, used later in the post-processing to have as much information and light as possible.

These shots taken with the three sensors include the entire ISO range available in the smartphone, black and white images that, as we have said, improve the sharpness, and more detail information obtained by the telephoto lens from other perspectives.

Basically, Huawei’s advanced night mode uses a technique similar to HDR but plays with ISO sensitivity, with the image processor doing all the dirty work thanks to the power of the HiSilicon Kirin 980 and its double NPU, which minimizes the processing time so that this high-tech work is transparent to us.

The best part for Huawei is that it has already expired, marking the way in a section that has become the key to the high end in 2018, differentiating and justifying, or at least trying to justify, an endless price increase in the best market phones.

Oppo, Samsung, LG. There are many companies that have continued the trend, in Samsung even raising the bet on the four sensors while Nokia works with five for its PureView 9, but Huawei was already here and its advanced night mode part with advantage in a family of phones designed in addition to lead.

The results, as you can see, speak for themselves in the P20 Pro that we have been able to test, offering excellent behavior with minimal grain and noise, impressive light and color definition, and an unbeatable detail … In addition, the AIS stabilizer will facilitate the task to record video at night!

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