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Galaxy Note 9 vs. Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Comparison

by Danny Zepeda | November 10, 2018November 10, 2018 2:30 pm PST

A few weeks ago, Huawei unveiled the Mate 20 Pro, its new powerhouse flagship that is not only here to compete with Google and Samsung, it’s here to beat them. Huawei took multiple approaches to win this battle, from the 3D Face Unlock to the in-display fingerprint scanner, but the feature that made the most headlines was its triple-camera system.

The company had already incorporated a similar camera system with last year’s P20 Pro, but it didn’t quite match the competition and the company took note, changing the sensor selection with the updated set-up on the Mate 20 Pro, which no longer includes a monochrome sensor.

Now, the triple camera consists of a main 40MP wide-angle lens, a 20MP ultra wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.

It’s an interesting array of cameras that provides a lot of flexibility. The ultra-wide lens is perfect for expansive shots while the 5x optical zoom peers into subjects closely unlike any other mobile camera. Huawei brings it all together with Master AI, its machine learning software that enhances pictures through processing.

With all of the attention the Mate 20 Pro has received, the Galaxy Note 9 has sort of been forgotten even though its dual-camera system is nothing to shrug off. The Note 9 features a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom that’s always been a strong competitor to the Pixel and iPhone cameras.

On the spec comparison, the Mate 20 Pro has the Galaxy Note 9 easily beat, but when it comes to taking pictures, the match is more even than specs would suggest.

Samsung’s camera capabilities are pretty well known. The photos come out look very crisp with lots of detail but tend to lean too much on the sharpness and saturation dial. Huawei isn’t too far behind with its processing, also having an affinity for sharpening and saturating photos beyond my liking.

Continuing its arsenal of features, the Mate 20 Pro also has a Night Mode that works similar to the Pixel 3’s Night Sight. It doesn’t work quite as well, but it does offer up more detail in areas that otherwise would be completely dark.

The Note 9 doesn’t boast this level of low-light skill, but it’s raw ability is still good nonetheless. It keeps noise at bay and gathers a good amount of detail in the shadows.

You can’t go wrong with either the Mate 20 Pro or Galaxy Note 9 camera. Both are great and that take impressive photos. Take a look at the camera samples in the gallery above and see which one you prefer.

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