As far as interfaces go, Huawei’s camera app for the Mate 10 Pro is pretty intuitive. Off the bat, you have a standard assortment of camera controls in Auto Mode, as you would in any Android device in today’s day and age. However, at any moment you can pull out on that slider next to the capture button to immediately access Pro Mode options. Not that it was ever a chore, but going in and out of Pro Mode just felt easier on the Mate 10 Pro than what I’m used to.
While in Auto Mode, the camera will actually detect the kind of shot you are trying to take based on what it sees. Here’s one of those places where the Mate 10 Pro’s AI kicks in to offer some auto-compensations to the shots you’re about to capture. The Mate 10 Pro uses Object Recognition to detect things like flower, blue sky, plant, nightscape, food, sunset / sunrise, text, beach, snow, and others. Once it’s recognized, you’ll see an indicator on the lower right of the screen, showing you what it is recognizing and compensating for.
For the most part, it was pretty handy, and I could totally see how the layman photographer could only benefit from this feature. The Mate 10 Pro recognized flowers in a patch as well as the grass on a baseball field. It was able to tell when a shot was outdoors and at night as well as whether there was a plate of food in the frame. The adjustments were subtle for the grass and flower shots, where the resulting image seemed to only have more color warmth. The adjustments for food felt a bit more pronounced, where the colors of the food were not only warmer but much louder and vivid.
At its core, the Mate 10 Pro’s camera is impressive. Shots are sharp, even in 2x zoom. The zoom does not go deeper than 2x, but that was probably for the best given that stretching digital zoom too far often leads to undesirable results. Yet, you have clear and colorful imagery that handles many lighting scenarios quite well.
While the Mate 10 Pro’s camera did very well at night or in darker settings, at times I found myself dipping into Pro-Mode to make slight corrections. Sure, the Mate 10 Pro can detect a night shot with very good accuracy, but sometimes minor exposure tweaks were needed to make full use of the Leica camera. You didn’t have to tweak too much, as at worst, the Auto Mode got you 85% there alone. Well-lit shots on the other hand were a breeze for the Mate 10 Pro’s camera, barely ever needing any real adjustment outside of minor brightness tweaks.
The bokeh affect worked out quite well. The Leica dual-lens camera was able to perceive depth even between objects within inches of each other. Simply put the focus on the object or person that you want to stand out in the shot and everything else is blurred out in stylish fashion.
Video capture was also spot on, maintaining sharpness and suitable detail in bright and dark scenarios. The audio capture actually caught me off guard with how clear sound recorded.
Here is a well-lit video of the crowd doing the wave at Citifield, where my hands could not stop shaking, courtesy of the 40-degree weather for that game. Sure, I shook the image a bit, but that Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) did a good job at trying to keep the image from blurring.
In addition, of course, you have two dark setting videos highlighting how well the camera responded to Fireworks Night at Citified. The stadium lighting was mostly off and the Leica camera only slightly struggled as it captured the show at a very respectable level.
The Leica camera in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro was indeed impressive regardless of the shooting scenario.
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