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Huawei P20 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+

Introduction

1x, 2x… 5x. Zooming smartphone cameras are no longer a novelty – in fact a numbers race is forming. Asus’ Zenfone Zoom couldn’t make waves, but Huawei appears on the right track to do so with the P20 Pro and its 3x zoom camera. We figured we’d pit it against the Galaxy S9+ – the latest phone to come out with what’s become the standard 2x zoom.

Huawei P20 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+ shootout

Zoom is only going to be part of it all, though. We’ll be looking at how the two compare over a variety of shooting scenarios – day, night, portraits, selfies, portrait selfies. The P20 Pro appears to have the upper hand – higher resolution, more reach, an extra monochrome camera. The S9+ does stand out with the changeable f/1.5-f/2.4 aperture on its main cam.

We’ll also examine video – the Galaxy’s specsheet reads better in this department with a 4K/60fps mode and stabilized 4K/30fps, while the P20 Pro can only stabilize 1080p/30fps footage. Samsung’s slow-mo implementation is also miles ahead, if you’re into that sort of thing.

If you need to brush up on the numbers, this handy table below will help you, though a a quick trip to our comparison tool couldn’t hurt either.


Huawei P20 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Main (wide-angle) camera
40MP, 7296 x 5472px, downscales to 10MP, 3648 x 2736px
12MP, 4032 x 3024px
Sensor
4:3 aspect, 1/1.7″ sensor size, 1.0m pixel size, Quad Bayer array
4:3 aspect, 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4m pixel size
Lens
f/1.8, 27mm
f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, OIS
Telephoto camera
8MP, upscales to 10MP, 3648 x 2736px
12MP, 4032 x 3024px
Sensor
4:3 aspect, 1/4″ sensor size
4:3 aspect, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0m pixel size
Lens
f/2.4, 80mm, OIS; 3x zoom
f/2.4, 52mm, OIS; 2x zoom
Monochrome camera
20MP, 5120x3840px, 1/2.7″ sensor size; f/1.6, 27mm lens
N/A
Flash
Single LED Flash
Single LED Flash
Video recording
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60/30fps
2160p@60/30fps, 1440p@30fps, 1080p@60/30fps
Slow motion
1080p@120fps, 720p@960fps
1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps
Video IS
EIS (only in 1080p/30fps)
OIS+EIS (except 2160p/60fps)
Video features
Stereo audio
Stereo audio
Front camera
24MP, f/2.0, 26mm, 720p@30fps
8 MP, 1/3.6″, 1.22m, f/1.7, 25mm, 1440p@30fps

That’s the basics dealt with, but we’ll go a little deeper on the next page, comparing the camera architecture, hardware and app UI.