The Huawei Mate 20 Pro Ultra-wide angle lens tested

When the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was announced, it wasn’t a new telephoto lens that took our collective attention. The anouncement of the Ultra-Wide angle was wat excited most photographers. So I decided to go out and test this new feature of the Mate 20 Pro.

The new Mate 20 Pro by Huawei has 3 lenses. A standard one, a telephoto one, and an ultra-wide angle. The Ultra Wide angle is the one I am focussing on in this article. So first of all, how wide is it? The DSLR equivalent of it would be a 16mm. Which is a pretty wide angle. The Leica lens is backed with a 20MP lens, so you have a high-quality result using this lens.

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How to use the Ultra Wide lens on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Most photography and video features on the Mate 20 pro support the use of the Ultra Wide lens. When choosing the right feature for your photo, you will notice a “1x” square in the middle right of your screen. Tapping on this box will change the lens settings. After “1x” your first get “3x”, in some features even “5x”, followed by “0,6x”. The 0,6x means you’re photographing with the ultra-wide lens. You don’t have to worry about the resolution, as the smartphone changes between the lenses and sensors automatically.

What to do if you don’t find the ‘0,6x’ option?

In the regular ‘photo’ modus, it’s sometimes possible the zoom box is not there. The issue is easily resolved. Go to the cogwheel in the top right corner, go to resolution and downgrade to 10MP. You should be able to photograph with the 0,6x and 3x lenses now. Please note, that in this mode you only get photos from 10mp. To enjoy the full potential of the 0,6x lens, it’s best to use the Pro mode.

How to do Macro Photography

You might have heard the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is capable of macro photography and can focus on subjects as close as 2,5cm to the lens. Although it’s not a “special” feature, as it’s just a bi-product of the wide-angle lens. I’m saving you the optical explanation. However, it is a nice cool addition. So for macro photography of insects or plants, you can use the Mate 20 Pro. All you need to do it turn on the ‘0,6x’ in the zoom box, and you’re ready to go!