Note 20 Ultra, iPhone 12 Pro Max, Xperia 1 II, Mate 40 Pro camera review and comparison part 1

Before 2020 ends, let’s compare the photographic capabilities of the flagships that have been released over the past year.

Smartphone photography is more and more widely used, and that’s why every year, smartphone manufacturers improve their camera technologies to attract customers and compete. with other product lines.

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In today’s article, we come to the comparison made by GSMArena when bringing the 4 most high-end smartphones in 2020 to compete in the ability to take pictures. Our four main characters are: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Sony Xperia 1 II and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Hardware configuration

Before going into the image quality analysis, let’s take a look at the specs on the camera cluster of each device.

Rear camera

To find out more, let’s go into the specifications of each of these 4 flagship phones. For the iPhone Pro Max, the main camera has been given quite a lot of pixels although the sensor remains the same 12MP compared to its predecessor iPhone 11 Pro Max. Although the specifications of each machine are different, in general, All 4 possess the lenses commonly found on smartphones today: wide angle cameras, super wide angle cameras and telephoto cameras.

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The camera is also equipped with advanced features for improved image quality such as sensor-shift stabilization that suppresses shake by moving the image around. The telephoto camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is also improved and supports PDAF (autofocus) but no Night Mode.

The ultra-wide camera on the 12 Pro Max has pretty similar parameters to many models released this year and nothing stands out from the other 3 competitors. In addition, the phone also has a 4th camera that is the LiDAR Scanner, which supports faster portrait and autofocus in low light conditions.

With the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, the device possesses a new ultra-wide camera. Although the width is not too prominent, it has autofocus, a more impressive point than Apple and Samsung. The main camera of the device is similar to the 50MP lens that was introduced on the P40 Pro. Meanwhile, the Mate 40 Pro’s 12MP telephoto camera uses a stabilized periscope lens.

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4th character Xperia 1 II has been equipped with autofocus on the ultra wide-angle camera, main camera has optical image stabilization while the 12MP telephoto camera also has some features. function is quite interesting.

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Front camera

Let’s talk a little bit about the selfie camera, all 4 phones adopt different approaches. Readers can see the parameters in the table below.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Mate 40 Pro Note 20 Ultra Xpeira 1 II 12 MP, f / 1.6 13 MP, f / 2.4
TOF 3D 10 MP, f / 2.2 8 MP, f / 2.0

iPhone 12 Pro Max used 3D scanner to create more depth in portrait mode and is also capable of fixed focus.

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With the Mate 40 Pro, the selfie camera of the camera has a very wide lens, allowing the frame to contain as much detail as possible. Furthermore, the device is also capable of setting 3D depth based on the ToF camera.

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a feature that the other 3 devices do not have is the selfie camera that can autofocus.

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Xperia 1 II has the least impressive camera specs, but we need to put into practice tests to confirm it.

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Next, we invite you to follow the pictures taken by four phones: iPhone 12 Pro Max, Mate 40 Pro, Note 20 Ultra and Xperia 1 II.

Image quality

For easy reading, all the images below are in the correct order captured by the devices: Galaxy Note20 Ultra – iPhone 12 Pro Max – Mate 40 Pro – Xperia 1 II .

Primary camera

In daylight, all 4 phones take great pictures with the main camera. Perhaps the biggest difference comes from the Xperia 1 II. Pictures taken by this handset have the highest contrast. This means that in certain cases, the highlight of the subject will be cut off.

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Galaxy Note20 Ultra – iPhone 12 Pro Max – Mate 40 Pro – Xperia 1 II

Speaking of the Galaxy, the green colors have been adjusted very practically, the level of color saturation is also very impressive and warm. And the image of the iPhone 12 Pro Max brings about the most realistic colors possible.

In this confrontation, the Mate 40 Pro has been weaker when shooting dynamic scenes like fallen leaves, but the expression of the blue color of this phone is quite special when mixed with a little light purple.

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Galaxy Note20 Ultra – iPhone 12 Pro Max – Mate 40 Pro – Xperia 1 II

Overall, all 4 cameras deliver the same level of detail and minimize noise as much as possible.

So in low light, how will these 4 flagships handle images?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Mate 40 Pro have a dedicated Night mode for better low-light shots. Meanwhile, the iPhone has an automatic Night mode (which can be turned on and off) when the light reaches a certain low, while the Xperia 1 II does not have this feature.

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Galaxy Note20 Ultra – iPhone 12 Pro Max – Mate 40 Pro – Xperia 1 II

When all is not using Night mode, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has good white balance and color handling in low light. The Mate 40 Pro has a darker exposure compared to the other 3 devices but also stands out with cool colors.

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Galaxy Note20 Ultra – iPhone 12 Pro Max – Mate 40 Pro – Xperia 1 II

Meanwhile, Note 20 Ultra helps cold colors become colder, hot becomes hotter. The Xperia 1 II has a pretty good white balance in most pictures.

With Night mode enabled, the Mate 40 Pro proved the weakest when the sharpness was significantly reduced. iPhone 12 Pro Max and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra capture quite similar images and full of details.

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Night Mode: Galaxy Note20 Ultra – iPhone 12 Pro Max – Mate 40 Pro