Honor View 20 has a 48 MP camera, we've got the samples

Honor View 20 has a 48 MP camera, we've got the samples
When discussing smartphone cameras, there's some reminiscing bound to happen about Nokia's legendary 48 MP sensors, and for good reasons. After all, unlike the tiny camera sensors found in today's smartphones, the Nokia 808 PureView had a huge (for mobile standards) 1/1.2" 41 MP sensor. It also made the phone twice as thick, but hey, megapixels!

And although the large number of pixels was used for promotional purposes, Nokia took advantage of the big sensor to actually reduce the resolution of the final result for a smaller, sharper image. Of course, you could also shoot at the full resolution of 41 MP, which did produce huge photos that were quite impressive for a mobile device of that era, and even today.

However, as smartphones began getting thinner and thinner, big camera sensors could not be used to the same effect, so companies opted for smaller solutions that relied heavily on post-processing to deliver good-looking results. As we all know, this worked out quite well in the end, though the longing for more megapixels still lingers.

Recently, a handful of devices with 48 MP main cameras have been announced, notably the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and the present Honor View 20. Granted, these have normal (read: small) camera sensors that are meant to downsize the final image for sharper results, but we were still curious to see what happens if you opt to shoot in glorious 48 megapixels. Let's see what the Honor View 20 does at this resolution.


As you can see, when the images are zoomed in, there's a noticeable "painterly" effect going on, result of the digital postprocessing. When shooting at lower resolutions, however, the Honor View 20 seems perfectly capable for a phone in its category. If you are no fan of Huawei's image processing, you may not be quite happy the with the saturated results from the camera's 'Auto' mode, but you can always tune those to your liking.

Here's some more camera samples from the Honor View 20:

 

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7 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1859; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Without OIS any sensor is useless, like you can also see here. That's why only flagships have OIS, it's the only thing that truly works in low light.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The OG pixel had no OIS.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

GoPro didn't use OIS, and their EIS stabilization is really good. As for low light, this phone have 48MP, they could use pixel binning to make brighter 12MP image.

2. wabajak13

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Looks kinda like ass. Also, put Gcam on it and we might get some decent results.

7. HarysViewty

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

No GCam for newer Kirin

5. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

What did you actually do to get these crappy 48MP samples? GSMArena also did some testing on View 20's camera and it's nowhere near as bad as what's shown here.

6. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Exposure in the first picture is awful...wtf

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