Huawei P20 Pro to get automatic slow-mo video recording, other camera improvements in upcoming update

Huawei P20 Pro to get automatic slow-mo video recording, other camera improvements in upcoming update
Huawei P20 Pro has impressed us with still images, but its video recording capabilities leave a lot to be desired

The Huawei P20 Pro has a unique camera setup, but the phone's video recording capabilities are not quite up to par with its impressive still image prowess. However, an upcoming firmware update may be aiming to address this, or at least supplement P20 Pro's video capturing abilities with a new ultra slow-motion mode that will reportedly allow users to capture videos in up to 960 frames per second automatically. The upcoming feature was spotted by the folks over at XDA and will supposedly be making its way onto the triple-cam smartphone later this year.

Earlier in the year, Samsung heavily publicised a similar feature on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ with its "Camera reimagined" campaign, while Sony stepped their game even further by introducing 960fps video recording at 1080p. For reference, the S9 and S9+ can also do 960fps but it's capped at 720p resolution.

As smartphone chipsets become more advanced, such features are becoming more commonplace, so it's not a big surprise that Huawei also implemented a similar feature in its latest flagship, though it lacked Samsung's smart action detection that kicks the slow-mo into gear. Well, to be absolutely fair, we were not overly impressed with the way automatic motion detection worked on the S9 and S9+, so we mostly found ourselves initiating slow-mo recording manually, but here's hoping that Huawei improves on this in the update.

The problem with this type of feature is that you have just a fraction of a second to react and tap the record button. Smart detection—when it works on the S9 models—really does help things a bit. The problem is, it rarely works in the way you want it to, and instead, in our experience at least, enables slow-mo at seemingly the worst possible moment.

Another change coming in the update for the P20 Pro, discovered by the XDA community, is a revamped zoom interface, which will allow users to swipe in the camera viewfinder to smoothly zoom in and out on a target. This feature will presumably act similarly to LG's Point Zoom feature on the V30, which allowed for very nice, very smooth zooms, but was unfortunately hindered by the lack of optical magnification on the V30. However, with the P20 Pro, which has excellent zoom capabilities of up to 5x, this could be a very useful and unique feature.

For the full scoop on Huawei's latest flagship phone, check out our in-depth review of the Huawei P20 Pro.

Update: The headline of this article previously suggested that super slow-motion video recording was coming to the Huawei P20 Pro, when in fact the update will add a way to automatically initiate this type of video capture via motion detection. The Huawei P20 Pro has had slow-motion video since the beginning, but the option to initiate it automatically will be introduced in an upcoming firmware update. We will update you further on other possible features that this update may be bring to the phone as it gets closer to release.

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source: XDA

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  • Display 6.1" 1080 x 2240 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh(25h talk time)

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23 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Today each and every flagship feels better than crapX...esp. the camera

8. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 152; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I have super slow motion from day one on my p20 pro. I dont get the point of this article??

9. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 152; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Edit: its actually getting the automatic movement detection in super slow motion

11. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And yet here you are, mentioning it first in every post.

18. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

iPhones are still better because Apps and games run better. E.g. PUBG Mobile runs better on the iPhone X than the S9+ (reference: my aunt's S9 and friend's iPhone X; there is stuttering on PUBG Mobile on the Galaxy), and Fortnite isn't even out on Android. And don't get me started on apps that use the CAMERA. What good is the camera of the P20 Pro if you're going to get severe compression and artifacts on Instagram, VSCO, and Snapchat?

20. Loveneesh

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Android doesn't mean Samsung. Play the pubg game in your X and then on pixels, Nokia 8, or any pure Android then you know the difference. Samsung ui doesn't do a great job but that doesn't mean Android doesn't do a great job in running apps at all.

23. xchatter

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Damn, I love reading comments like this. They make me feel like I am a genius compared to some. :D :D :D

2. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

WOW a much awaited update. Good on ya HUAWEI.

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Instead of copying the 960fps, Huawei should provide better video quality. P20 Pro has no EIS for 4K30, the device also does not record 1080@60. The bitrate value is too low compare to other devices, less than 30Mbps. The 2016 XZ records 4K@30 with 56Mbps .

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Wait...what ? No 60 at FullHD, come on it's 2018.

21. Loveneesh

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

P20 pro has 1080p at 60fps.

10. S4NDY

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

its have 60 fps FHD

13. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For once, just once, stop talking out of your butthole. The phone does have 1080 at 60 fps. The phone does have 960fps, except that it's getting automatic capturing feature like the one found on the S9. You always have something negative to say about anything but Sony products, you seriously need to get your priorities in your life straight for once! Unless you're a Sony employee like Ciro is, I don't get why you waste so much energy hating on every gadget that doesn't have the Sony logo.

19. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Blame PhoneArena tho. They mention in the title that it's getting 960fps. So bad. It's just getting an update.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Just saw pics of Mate 20, the front looks very similar to u12

5. jsdechavez

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Add stabilized 4K video. If they're adding something like LG's Cine Zoom (smooth zoom to a target), might as well add Focus Peaking for more manual control.

6. ijuanp03

Posts: 615; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Huh??? I have the super slow mo on my P20 but not sure which update included this. Weird! I thought the P20 series have super slow mo 960 fps from the beginning?! But anyway, I tested the P20 side by side with the XZ2. Forget about the super slow mo on the P20 because it's USELESS at best. Wish I could you the videos but seriously it's embarrassing!

12. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I'm pretty sure it was there from day 1.

14. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They need to give us the option to record slow motion clip within the video we are recording, kinda like how Samsung does it. It's pointless capturing separate 10 second clips. Also fix the overexposing of the front cam. The details in the pictures are superb, but pictures look flat. The moment the camera detects a face, it cranks up the brightness of the pictures automatically.

15. davidsic

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

it would have been better to have digital stabilization for the 4k

16. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

This slow-mo is not same of S9/XZ Premium. This cam does not have DRAM.

22. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

That's true, but that wouldn't be a huge problem as long as you shoot at a rapidly rotating subject and 90% of the samples on the internet look fairly decent across any lighting condition(it works well in low-light unlike S9/XZ2). The biggest problem P20 Pro had with its slow motion feature, however, was that the timing the exact moment used to be really difficult due to rather long processing time and no automatic motion detection. But now Huawei is at least fixing one of those issues now to make it much more usable, and Sony should follow Samsung and Huawei in this regard as well.

17. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

I had the opportunity to try a P20 Pro for 3 days and it was more than enough to fall in love with its camera... that zoom is beyond what you can expect from a phone. I'm just here hoping every other OEM jump in the bandwagon ASAP

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