Huawei P40 Pro Review

June 9, 2020 | Amy Davies |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 12 megapixel JPEG setting, which produces an average image size of around 6Mb.

We have long been very impressed by the image quality of Huawei / Leica collaborations, and the P40 Pro is no different.

In good light, colours are bright, vibrant and punchy with a satisfying amount of detail. In low light, the very impressive Night Mode comes into play to deliver excellent shots when very little light is present. The fact that you can control the Night mode a little should you want to elevates it above the iPhone 11 Pro’s Night mode too.

Having three lenses is somewhat common now, but the three here are excellent. The super wide angle lens displays very little distortion and is very useful for architecture and landscape shots. Similarly, the 5x telephoto lens does a great job of producing clear shots when you can’t physically get closer to the subject. The 10x digital zoom is acceptable, but we wouldn’t recommend using the 50x zoom unless you’re absolutely desperate.

On the whole, exposures from the Huawei P40 Pro are well-balanced, while the AI setting in the “Photo” mode does a good job of selecting the correct settings for the situation. We believe that most people will be happy to stick in that mode for the majority of their shots, only heading to one of the other modes - such as Pro - in certain scenarios.

Aperture and Portrait mode are great for creating shallow depth of field effects. They do a good job of simulating the type of shot you could expect to achieve with a “real” camera, especially if you don’t examine the images too closely and are only sharing them at relatively small sizes online.

Noise

The Huawei P40 Pro has eight sensitivity settings at full resolution. Here are some 100% crops for both JPEG and RAW file formats.

JPEG RAW

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 Huawei P40 Pro offers a number of focal lengths running from Super-wide to 50x Zoom.

Super-wide

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Standard

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5x Telephoto

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10x Telephoto

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50x Zoom

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Macro

The closest focusing distance of the Huawei P40 Pro is 10cms.

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Flash

The Huawei P40 Pro's flash only has two modes: On and Off.

Flash Off

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Flash On

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Flash Always On

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Flash Off

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Flash On

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Night Mode

The Huawei P40 Pro's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a dedicated Night shooting mode.

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Aperture Mode

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Monochrome Mode

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Panorama Mode

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