Honor View 20 Review

June 17, 2019 | Amy Davies |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 12 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4Mb.

Considering the Honor View 20 is very much a “mid-range” smartphone, with a price to match, it puts in a very impressive performance when it comes to image quality.

In good light, it produces images which are well-saturated, while still maintaining a sense of realism. The overall impression of detail is excellent, especially if you’re sharing on social media sites such as Instagram. If you examine images a little closer, it’s possible to see a little bit of image smoothing in some areas of the shot, but it’s particularly unusual for a smartphone sensor.

Switching to the 48 megapixel Ultra Clarity AI mode also yields some impressive results – but it’s perhaps overkill for the majority of subjects that you’re likely to photographing with your smartphone. Still, it’s good to have it here ready for certain subjects. Shooting at the standard 48 megapixel (non Ultra Clarity) resolution also results in a good amount of detail – but unless you’re shooting something which you particularly want to display large, or crop into, it makes more sense to stick with the 12 megapixel output.

In low light, switching to Night mode results in yet more impressive performance. It’s similar to what we’ve seen in the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro and again is especially great for sharing shots online.

One of the main downsides of this phone is the lack of a telephoto zoom lens. That means that it’s preferable to move physically closer to your subject than zoom in – a digital zoom is available though for those times when it’s not possible. This is essentially a crop into the image, and while it’s fine for sharing or printing at small sizes, we’d much rather see a dedicated telephoto optic.


The Honor View 20 has 8 manually-selectable ISO sensitivity settings available at full resolution, ranging between ISO 50 and ISO 6400.


ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Honor View 20's fixed lens provides the focal length demonstrated below.

Standard Lens


2x Digital Zoom



This macro shot shows how close you can get to the subject.




The flash settings on the Honor View 20 are Off, On and Auto. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Wide-angle Lens - Flash Off


Wide-angle Lens - Flash On


Rear Camera - Flash Off


Rear Camera - Flash On


Selfie Camera


Night Shot Mode

Thanks to the optical image stabilisation, a wide f/1.8 maximum aperture and the clever handheld night mode, the Huawei View 20 performs very well at night.