The Mate X's cameras take on Paris
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The Mate X's cameras take on Paris

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I am finally getting to spend the whole day with Huawei folding mate x. And as a photographer for CNET, one of the things I'm most interested in, is how well this thing takes photos. So I'm going to hit the streets of Paris and find out The matrix has three main cameras a standard 40 megapixel lens, a 16 megapixel ultra wide lens and an eight megapixel telephoto zoom. It's basically the same setup Huawei put on its flagship p 30. Pro iPhone that I found to take excellent photos. The cameras all found on a raised red on the back of the phone and as it doesn't get covered up with. When it's folded, you can use them whether it's in phone or tablet mode. I mean, I don't want to like one of those guys taking photos with a tablet. So I think I'm probably going to take most of the shots in phone mode. I started at the Grand Opera House in the heart of Paris where I immediately found the benefit of those different zoom lengths. There's actually a really good place to start because obviously the building itself looks great. But as you can see at the one times normal zoom, we're not quite getting all of the building in so it's a good opportunity. Hit the wide angle lens and suddenly we've got this huge scene in front of us, we can snap away. Exposure looks good, although some of the fine details in the building do look a little bit mushy. Capture those. I switched the zoom lens Just let me get up close on the intricate golden details on the building. We've significantly better image quality. And even standing from here, I can't see that particularly well so it's good to have that zoom. Even having a look at the picture on the phone screen, it looks like there's tons of detail. We can zoom in or we can even see that mesh netting. I can barely see that with my own eye. Leaving the beautiful operahouse behind, I hit the strees of Paris, phone in hand, to see what else I can photograph to put it to the test. [MUSIC] So, it's got the AI mode, but Huawei gotten almost all of it Most recent flagship phones and it recognizes the scene that you're taking a photo of and hopefully optimizes the settings. And weirdly, I found that as I was taking a photo of this, it recognizes bicycle. Now, on the one hand, I'm really pleased that it can recognize an object like that. On the other hand, I don't really know what settings is going to change to help me get a better shot of a bike parked up like this, but There we go. Let's try it anyway. [MUSIC] Further I spy this Metro side and tried zooming in using the aperture mode to create a nice out of focus effect of the background as a fourth lens on the back which captures depth information to create these nice bulky effects around the subject has worked really well here. The time has been very neatly removed from. In the background and I think it's a really nice shot overall. Yeah, I use the five times d mo inside this alley to get a shot of these great shop signs. The old fashioned light and the Christmas decorations. Yeah, so beautiful shot, okay I do like the shot although the low light inside the only way has been the image isn't can sharp and there's quite a lot of noise particularly on the beast row 70 sign in the foreground. I love the exposure and the contrast in this street scene has a lovely filmic quality to it and there's plenty of detail as well. [MUSIC] I kept snapping away as I roamed further around Paris swapping between the lenses to try and find some interesting compositions that not only test the phone but also tell a nice story of a long walk we were on. So as we found on always previous phones and in fact most phones generally these days, there was a portrait mode on this which gives you that attractive at a focus area around your subject. Here's our subject. So we're gonna bring the phone up, go into portrait mode, and take our shots. There we go, I'll take a few more. We can see that the face is still sharp, but it looks like the trees are confusing it a little bit. What I didn't realize though is that the phone does more background processing after it's taken the shot to neaten things up and the resulting images are actually extremely impressive. The cut out of the subject from the background is pretty much perfect, even around his hair which is always a tricky thing for a phone camera to do. All of the background is beautifully out of focus, giving this the look of an image taken from a proper DSLR Okay, so we've got a few options and we'll take a look at the best one later on. After I stopped with some portraits we carried on to find a food market and had some pretty epic sandwiches made up. I like the amount of detail and the good exposure on this shot taken from the standard lens. Switching to the super wide mode helps capture more of the action. And speaking of action, my Next up was a squared dominated by local skateboarders a perfect opportunity to try out the burst mode. I found a skater willing to show off his skills for the camera, and by pressing and holding the shutter button, I was able to fire off and loads of images, selecting the best bit of action afterwards. I like the show The skaters been shot, and I've been able to capture him right at the height of his trick. [MUSIC] As night started to fall, we've headed towards the good viewpoint over the city, spoils somewhat by the pretty miserable gray winter weather. But as day transition to firmly into night, we've headed back on to the street to shoots some more. Was previous phones like the P 30. Pro and the P 20. Pro before it have really impressive their night skills and the matrix is no exception. Night shots are bright with accurate colors and very little noticeable image noise. Even from just the days hands on. I'm impressed with the quality of the cameras on the matrix. I'm confident that this phone isn't just a folding gimmick, but it also has [INAUDIBLE] elsewhere to keep pace with the day's other flagship plans. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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