Exploring HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Hybrid Zoom Technology

With the development of smartphone technology, the term “hybrid zoom” started spreading as smartphone manufacturers are feeling the need to embed this technology into their smartphones. Compared to DSLR lenses, the lenses of smartphone cameras are small with fixed local length, which is why we usually rely on digital zoom to closely capture an image’s details.

Exploring HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Hybrid Zoom TechnologyThe classic zooms usually available in cameras are the optical zoom and the digital zoom. The optical zoom is achieved by using the camera’s lens, and it helps to adjust the focal length, while the digital zoom is achieved by enlarging and cropping the picture once it has been captured. Digital zoom often results in lower quality images, and the fine details can’t be detected.


Taking consumer experience to heart, Huawei strives to innovate and embed the newest technologies into its smartphones; Huawei’s Hybrid Zoom isn’t brand new. The company had already tucked it in its previous flagships like the Mate 9, the P10 and the P10 Plus.

Exploring HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Hybrid Zoom Technology

However, the HUAWEI P20 Pro is the first Huawei smartphone to include a telephoto lens to enhance its zoom capabilities up to 5x. Offering top-notch capabilities, the smartphone comes with an amazing 5x hybrid zoom, while other smartphones offer up to a 2x zoom. The HUAWEI P20 Pro includes a brand new Leica 3x telephoto with VARIO-SUMMILUX-H 1:1.6-2.4/27-80ASPH lens for long-range photography of up to 5x Hybrid Zoom.


The HUAWEI P20 Pro camera system is comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, which is in the middle of the three cameras, as well as a 20MP monochrome sensor and 8MP sensor with telephoto lens. The 40MP RGB sensor will serve as the primary camera and is responsible to capture the image details. Next to it is the 8MP sensor that serves as a 3x telephoto lens equivalent to 78mm. Together with the 40MP sensor, the 8MP will help achieve high-quality 5x magnification, even in low light, and produce high-quality and clear shots.


With this powerful zoom lens packed into a small form factor, the HUAWEI P20 Pro proves to be ideal for long-range photographs. If you want to capture a single subject like a person, a flower, the beach, a pet, a text or any other, the device will recognize it thanks to its Master AI technology, and will zoom in on the subject to capture incredible details at a distance. It captures every single detail as if you’re standing in front of the subject, and produces clear, high quality pictures.


A smartphone designed to make you experience professional photography, the HUAWEI P20Pro helps you see more, because everything is in the details.

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